Amberen Must Stop Claiming Menopause Supplement Is “Proven” To Cause Weight Loss

Chris Morran

Last year, the Federal Trade Commission sued Lunada, the makers of the supplement Amberen, alleging that the company did not have the science to back up claims that Amberen was “clinically proven” to cause substantial weight loss, and to alleviate just about every symptom associated with menopause: hot flashes, night sweats, sleep problems, fatigue, and irritability. Now Lunada has agreed to stop making these claims to settle the complaint.

Radio ads for the supplement said Amberen is “the ONLY product on the market today clinically proven to cause sustained weight loss for women over forty,” and that it is “clinically shown to cause sustained weight loss in women over forty – with no big changes in lifestyle.”

As part of the proposed settlement [PDF], Lunada is barred from claiming — without sufficient evidence to substantiate the claims — that any dietary supplement or other product causes weight loss, sustained weight loss, or loss of belly fat; boosts metabolism; relieves hot flashes, night sweats, and other specific symptoms of menopause; or cures, mitigates, or treats any disease.

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