Green tea is supposed to be good for you. But does the Green Tea Extract sold by Earth Turns, LLC really help prevent Alzheimer’s disease or type 1 diabetes?
Have you bought any of the products below from Earth Turns? Did you buy them because of the company’s claims that they prevent, mitigate, or cure illnesses?
- Green Tea Extract
- GlucoFit 48mg
- Fundamental D3 1000
- Fundamental Omega-3
There’s a problem. Substances that prevent, mitigate, or cure diseases are classified as drugs. Before they can be sold in interstate commerce, they must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The approval process is long and rigorous, requiring well-planned clinical tests to ensure that the drug is both effective and safe.
Too many companies are making drug-like claims for supplements, and the FDA has begun cracking down on them. As part of this, the FDA has sent a Warning Letter to Earth Turns, as well as to a number of other supplement makers.
Quoted in the Warning Letter are claims the company makes on its website and in articles on its Facebook page. Here is a sampling:
- On its Green Tea Extract: “Green tea also works to block the proteins that can cause plaque to develop and lead to Alzheimer’s disease” and “Green tea extract may also help to regulate blood sugar and reduce the risk of type 1 diabetes.”
- On its Cogni-Flex product: “Huperzine A is another supplement, known as Chinese club moss. It works just as Alzheimer’s drugs work, but naturally and without side effects.”
- On its Omega-3 supplement: “Fish oil supplements have been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects in diseases such as cancer, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, dry eye disease, age-related macular degeneration, coronary heart disease and sepsis.”
- On its Vitamin D3 product: “ALL cancers can be lowered by 77 percent with high vitamin D levels.”
Also, the FDA requires that drugs be labeled with appropriate directions for use. However, the company links its products to serious diseases “that are not amenable to self-diagnosis or treatment without the supervision of a licensed practitioner. Therefore, it is impossible to write adequate directions for a layperson to use your products safely for their intended purposes.” This means that drugs for these diseases must be sold only by prescription.
It’s good that the FDA is taking a look at drug-like claims for supplements. But what about the ordinary people who have seen these claims and already paid for these products? We’re investigating to see if a class action is needed to provide refunds.
If you bought any of the products listed above, we’d like to know whether you were influenced by the drug-like claims the company made for them. Fill out the form on this page and let us know about your experience.Article Type: Investigation