Finds Improvement in Quality of Vitamin C Products

Review of Adult and Children’s Vitamin C Supplements Released Today WHITE PLAINS, NY -- March 18, 2003 – In contrast to its prior research, found that all 15 products evaluated in its newly announced Product Review of Vitamin C Supplements passed its testing. CL’s previous review of vitamin C products, conducted in 2000, found several products with less vitamin C than claimed and one product that would not dissolve. Americans purchased more than $180 million worth of vitamin C supplements in the past year according to market research firms SPINS and ACNielsen. “These positive results are quite welcomed, said Tod Cooperman, M.D., President of He noted, however, “Preliminary results from other products now being tested suggest that this is not the beginning of a general upward trend in supplement quality.” The 15 products, along with 16 other Vitamin C products that have recently undergone the same independent analysis in CL’s Voluntary Certification Program are now listed on the CL Web site at along with useful tips on buying and using vitamin C products. In addition, beginning with this review, all labeled ingredients and fillers for each product are being posted to assist consumers who may have specific dietary concerns or restrictions (e.g., caloric intake, allergies, vegetarian or kosher adherence). Results from CL’s reviews of 40 other popular types of supplements are also available online. Reviews soon to be released include Calcium, Saw Palmetto, Memory Enhancers (Ginkgo Biloba and Huperzine A), and Cholesterol-Lowerers (Sterols, Policosanol and Guggulsterones).'s Guide to Buying Vitamins and Supplements is scheduled for print publication this year. is a leading provider of consumer information and independent evaluations of products that affect health and nutrition. The company is privately held and based in White Plains, New York. It has no ownership from, or interest in, companies that manufacture, distribute, or sell consumer products. Subscription to is available online. Those interested in group subscriptions, Technical Reports, or having additional products tested should contact Lisa Sabin, Vice President for Business Development, at [email protected].

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