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{"id":556806799433,"title":"Fungus Eliminator Review: Can a Supplement Cure Toenail Fungus?","created_at":"2022-08-03T20:01:00-04:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Fungus Eliminator Review: Can a Supplement Cure Toenail Fungus?\",\n \"keywords\": \"fungus eliminator, fungus eliminator review, fungus eliminator reviews, purehealth research\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team reviews whether Fungus Eliminator is likely to be safe and effective for treating toenail fungus based on an analysis of every active ingredient. We explain some issues we have with the brand's publishing of ingredient doses, and discuss whether topical antifungals are a better option.\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/fungus-eliminator-review\",\n\"author\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Calloway Cook\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/calloway-cook\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/calloway-cook\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"President\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"entrepreneurship, dietary supplements, herbal supplements, eCommerce, medical research\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": \"S.I. 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Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University\"\n },\n \"memberOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n }\n},\n\"editor\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"DJ Mazzoni\",\n \"honorificSuffix\": [\n \"M.S.\",\n \"R.D.\",\n \"C.D.N.\",\n \"C.S.C.S.\"\n ],\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/dj-mazzoni\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/dj-mazzoni-rd-cdn-cscs-00a33038\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"Medical Reviewer\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"exercise, drugs, pharmaceutical, health, workout, strength and conditioning, nutrition, dietetics, medicine, medical research, scientific research, scientific method, healthcare, patient care, wellness\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": [\n \"State University of New York College Oswego\",\n \"D’Youville College\"\n ]\n },\n \"memberOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n }\n},\n\"image\": {\n\"@type\": \"ImageObject\",\n\"url\": \"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Fungus_Eliminator_Thumbnail_Optimized.png?v=1659571821\",\n\"width\": \"2500\",\n\"height\": \"2500\"\n},\n\"citation\": [\n\"https:\/\/www.amazon.com\/PureHealth-Research-Full-Spectrum-Stimulate-Manufactured\/dp\/B09XJ6CKCV\/\", \n\"https:\/\/www.purehealthresearch.com\/product\/fungus-eliminator\",\n\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6152729\/\",\n\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC4103721\/\",\n\"https:\/\/www.urmc.rochester.edu\/encyclopedia\/content.aspx?contenttypeid=76\u0026contentid=02027-2\",\n\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/apple-cider-vinegar-gummies\",\n\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/liver-health-formula-review\",\n\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC7345338\/\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/15078424\/\",\n\"https:\/\/www.fakespot.com\/product\/toenail-fungus-by-purehealth-research-full-spectrum-helps-soothe-repair-stimulate-fresh-clear-nail-growth-non-gmo-usa-manufactured-1-bottle\"\n],\n\"mentions\": [{\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"PureHealth Research\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"Amazon\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"FakeSpot\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"oregano\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"tea tree oil\"\n }\n],\n\"datePublished\": \"2022-08-03\",\n\"copyrightHolder\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n},\n\"publisher\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/\",\n \"description\": \"Illuminate Labs is the most transparent supplement company in the U.S., and is a leading publisher of research-based health information.\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"supplements, science, nutrition, exercise, health, medication, pharmaceutical, wellness, diet, weight loss, medical research\",\n \"publishingPrinciples\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/editorial-guidelines\",\n \"logo\": {\n \"@type\": \"ImageObject\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Illuminate_Labs_Logo.png?v=1641249064\", \n \"width\": 150,\n \"height\": 150\n},\n \"foundingDate\": \"2019-01-30\",\n \"Address\": {\n \"@type\": \"PostalAddress\",\n \"streetAddress\": \"50 Union Street, Unit 9\",\n \"addressLocality\": \"Northampton\",\n \"addressRegion\": \"Massachusetts\",\n \"postalCode\": \"01060\",\n \"addressCountry\": \"US\"\n},\n \"sameAs\": [\n \"https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/illuminatelabs\",\n \"https:\/\/twitter.com\/illuminatelabs\",\n \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/company\/illuminate-labs-supplements\",\n \"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/channel\/UCpgSJAsIPb-fZ25djtTxBEA\"\n ]\n }\n}\n\/\/ ]]\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Fungus_Eliminator_Review_Article_Header_Image_Optimized.png?v=1659571294\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"dc\"\u003eF\u003c\/span\u003eungus Eliminator is a dietary supplement sold by PureHealth Research. The brand claims that their product can reduce toenail fungus. Fungus Eliminator is sold both on PureHealth Research’s site and on Amazon.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll review every ingredient in Fungus Eliminator based on published medical studies to determine if we believe the supplement is likely to be effective. We’ll explain why we find some health claims made by the brand to be questionable, and explain why their failure to publish ingredient dosages is unsafe for consumers.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eFailure to Make Ingredient Dosages Easily Accessible\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAt the time of writing this article, PureHealth Research does not publish the dose of any active ingredient in Fungus Eliminator on their \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.amazon.com\/PureHealth-Research-Full-Spectrum-Stimulate-Manufactured\/dp\/B09XJ6CKCV\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAmazon product page\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. We find this to be entirely unacceptable and unsafe for consumers. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePotential customers deserve to know what the dose of every ingredient is, and published doses allow consumers (and researchers like us) to evaluate whether a supplement’s ingredient doses are safe. We urge PureHealth Research to publish dose information on Amazon.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eEven on their website’s \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.purehealthresearch.com\/product\/fungus-eliminator\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eproduct page\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, the Supplement Facts label is not clearly published. It’s only accessible at the FAQ section at the bottom of the page.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe consider this to be a red flag and a sign of a low-quality supplement brand. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIngredient Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Fungus_Eliminator_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1659571330\" alt=\"Fungus Eliminator ingredients\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe first active ingredient in Fungus Eliminator is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eoregano\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e at a dosage of 300 milligrams (mg). This is a culinary herb that can be found at supermarkets. While there is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6152729\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003epublished medical research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e proving the antifungal effects of oregano essential oil, we cannot locate any medical studies suggesting that raw herb oregano is effective.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe second ingredient is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ebasil leaf\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. This is another culinary herb. Similar to oregano, we can locate medical studies proving the essential oil of this plant has antifungal effects, but none for the raw botanical.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGenerally, high-quality dietary supplements include an \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eextracted\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e version of a plant rather than the raw version, which means that ethanol is used to concentrate the active ingredients so that the finished product is more potent. Most medical research on herbal supplements utilizes herbal extracts.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe third ingredient is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003egarlic\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e at a dose of 100 mg. This is an effective antifungal ingredient, but we would consider this dose too low to be effective. A \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC4103721\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e of the therapeutic effects of garlic analyzed data from 110 individual clinical trials on the topic. The lowest dose used in any of the cited trials was 200 mg, and many of the trials used far more. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eTo illustrate how low some of the dosages in this supplement are, this \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.urmc.rochester.edu\/encyclopedia\/content.aspx?contenttypeid=76\u0026amp;contentid=02027-2\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eeducational resource\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e lists the dose of one single teaspoon of dried oregano at over 1 gram (g), which is equivalent to over 1,000 mg. This means that one teaspoon of dried oregano provides over 300% of the total dose of the highest-dosed active ingredient in Fungus Eliminator.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eApple Cider Vinegar\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e (ACV) is included at a dose of 100 mg. As we highlighted in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/apple-cider-vinegar-gummies\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eapple cider vinegar\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e review article, the minimum therapeutic dose of ACV appears to be around 15,000 mg based on published medical research. This is 150x the amount in this supplement.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFor the sake of brevity, we don’t believe it’s useful or necessary to review every other ingredient, given how woefully underdosed most of the ingredients in this supplement appear. We noted the same trend of underdosed active ingredients in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/liver-health-formula-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLiver Health Formula reviews\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e article.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFungus Eliminator has one of the worst supplement formulations we’ve reviewed on Illuminate Health, and given that the parent brand’s other supplement Liver Health Formula failed our review process in similar fashion, we would recommend that consumers avoid all PureHealth Research supplements.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eBold and Uncited Health Claims\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAt the time of writing this article, we can’t locate one single citation on the Fungus Eliminator website which links to a medical study, yet the brand makes bold health claims such as “helps you fight embarrassing and irritating toenail fungus” and “enhances immunity functions.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWhy should any consumer believe these claims without any proof?\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe generally recommend that consumers avoid brands that make health claims without any research backing. It’s a sign of a low-quality formulation and an unethical brand in our opinion.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePureHealth Research also claims on the product page that “ingredients in Fungus Eliminator have no reports of side effects,” which seems to be demonstrably untrue.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC7345338\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ewormwood\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, one of the ingredients in the Fungus Eliminator formulation, has an entire section dedicated to side effects of this botanical compound. The study authors state the following: “The adverse side effects may include stomach cramps, brain injury cramps, vertigo, vomiting, nausea, insomnia, restlessness, urine retention, seizures, and tremors. Many toxicity studies were performed with thujone on experimental animals and revealed that it leads to dose-dependent toxic action.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’re not suggesting that this ingredient at the dose included in Fungus Eliminator is likely to be harmful. We believe it to be too underdosed to realize these side effects. Our point is that the brand’s claim, which was uncited, appears to be false.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eDo Oral Antifungal Supplements Make Sense?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIt seems inefficient to take oral supplements for toe fungus, rather than topical products. A topical product would work more directly on the affected region.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recommend that patients dealing with recurrent toenail fungus speak with a doctor or dermatologist before attempting treatment, but for those trying to treat the problem at home, tea tree oil (properly diluted) may be an option to consider.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/15078424\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMycoses\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e journal examined natural antifungal compounds, and found that in all trials evaluated, tea tree oil was effective against fungus. We strongly recommend that consumers considering tea tree oil to treat fungal infections speak with a doctor first, because this product needs to be properly diluted and can irritate and even damage skin if applied undiluted.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eFungus Eliminator User Reviews\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFungus Eliminator has been reviewed over 100 times on Amazon. It has an average rating of 3.7\/5 at the time of writing this article, which is relatively poor.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFungus Eliminator also gets a C grade \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.fakespot.com\/product\/toenail-fungus-by-purehealth-research-full-spectrum-helps-soothe-repair-stimulate-fresh-clear-nail-growth-non-gmo-usa-manufactured-1-bottle\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003efrom FakeSpot\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which is an algorithm that detects potential Amazon review manipulation. This suggests that the brand may have manipulated their Amazon ratings and the true score may be even lower.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe top positive review of Fungus Eliminator from a verified purchaser is written by a user named “Nikki G” who claims the product cured their toenail fungus:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e“Have had fungus on big toenails for years. Tried everything from vapor rub, listerene mouthwash soaks, vinegar soaks, and over the counter meds and tonics to apply to toenails… nothing worked. Don’t want to take a prescription med that I have to go have my liver or kidneys tested for every few weeks… too busy for that. Been taking for 2 months… not solved or perfect but a noticeable difference. Worth the money.”\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe top negative review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named “Steve Barbre” who claims the product didn’t work\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e“Good ingrediance but not string enough maybe”\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eFungus Eliminator Pros and Cons\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHere’s our take on the pros and cons of this supplement:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003ePros\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eUnlikely to be harmful\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCheaper when purchased in bulk\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eCons\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNo research cited on product page\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eQuestionable efficacy\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIngredients likely underdosed\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eUncited health claims\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLow-quality manufacturer\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recommend avoiding Fungus Eliminator, as we don’t believe it’s likely to be effective at all for curing toenail fungus. The product does contain some botanicals that are shown in medical research to be effective antifungals, but the format used in the medical studies we could locate was almost always an essential oil or plant extract, which are more potent than the raw herbal material used in Fungus Eliminator.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe highest-dosed ingredient in Fungus Eliminator is equivalent to a fraction of a teaspoon worth of material.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe believe that tea tree oil is a superior alternative for topical toenail fungus treatment, but patients should speak with a doctor or dermatologist before using it as it needs to be properly diluted. Tea tree oil is much cheaper than Fungus Eliminator, and there is medical research backing its efficacy.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eUser reviews of Fungus Eliminator are relatively bad, and the true review score may be even worse when considering that the product receives a C grade on Fakespot.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recommend avoiding all products sold by PureHealth Research, which is the manufacturer of Fungus Eliminator, because this company manufactures another product which we reviewed poorly with similar concerns.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2022-08-03T20:14:21-04:00","updated_at":"2022-08-18T23:56:04-04:00","summary_html":"\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"Polaris-Card_yis1o\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"Polaris-Card__Section_1b1h1\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"JZCmJ\"\u003eWe review whether oral antifungal supplement Fungus Eliminator is likely to be safe and effective for treating toenail fungus based on an analysis of every active ingredient. We explain some issues we have with the brand's publishing of ingredient doses, and discuss whether topical antifungals are a better option.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"Polaris-Card_yis1o\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"Polaris-Card__Header_z4uwg\"\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e","template_suffix":"","handle":"fungus-eliminator-review","tags":"_related:athlete's-foot"}

Fungus Eliminator Review: Can a Supplement Cure Toenail Fungus?

Fungus Eliminator Review: Can a Supplement Cure Toenail Fungus?


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Fungus Eliminator is a dietary supplement sold by PureHealth Research. The brand claims that their product can reduce toenail fungus. Fungus Eliminator is sold both on PureHealth Research’s site and on Amazon.

In this article we’ll review every ingredient in Fungus Eliminator based on published medical studies to determine if we believe the supplement is likely to be effective. We’ll explain why we find some health claims made by the brand to be questionable, and explain why their failure to publish ingredient dosages is unsafe for consumers.

Failure to Make Ingredient Dosages Easily Accessible

At the time of writing this article, PureHealth Research does not publish the dose of any active ingredient in Fungus Eliminator on their Amazon product page. We find this to be entirely unacceptable and unsafe for consumers. 

Potential customers deserve to know what the dose of every ingredient is, and published doses allow consumers (and researchers like us) to evaluate whether a supplement’s ingredient doses are safe. We urge PureHealth Research to publish dose information on Amazon.

Even on their website’s product page, the Supplement Facts label is not clearly published. It’s only accessible at the FAQ section at the bottom of the page.

We consider this to be a red flag and a sign of a low-quality supplement brand. 

Ingredient Review

Fungus Eliminator ingredients

The first active ingredient in Fungus Eliminator is oregano at a dosage of 300 milligrams (mg). This is a culinary herb that can be found at supermarkets. While there is published medical research proving the antifungal effects of oregano essential oil, we cannot locate any medical studies suggesting that raw herb oregano is effective.

The second ingredient is basil leaf. This is another culinary herb. Similar to oregano, we can locate medical studies proving the essential oil of this plant has antifungal effects, but none for the raw botanical.

Generally, high-quality dietary supplements include an extracted version of a plant rather than the raw version, which means that ethanol is used to concentrate the active ingredients so that the finished product is more potent. Most medical research on herbal supplements utilizes herbal extracts.

The third ingredient is garlic at a dose of 100 mg. This is an effective antifungal ingredient, but we would consider this dose too low to be effective. A medical review of the therapeutic effects of garlic analyzed data from 110 individual clinical trials on the topic. The lowest dose used in any of the cited trials was 200 mg, and many of the trials used far more. 

To illustrate how low some of the dosages in this supplement are, this educational resource lists the dose of one single teaspoon of dried oregano at over 1 gram (g), which is equivalent to over 1,000 mg. This means that one teaspoon of dried oregano provides over 300% of the total dose of the highest-dosed active ingredient in Fungus Eliminator.

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is included at a dose of 100 mg. As we highlighted in our apple cider vinegar review article, the minimum therapeutic dose of ACV appears to be around 15,000 mg based on published medical research. This is 150x the amount in this supplement.

For the sake of brevity, we don’t believe it’s useful or necessary to review every other ingredient, given how woefully underdosed most of the ingredients in this supplement appear. We noted the same trend of underdosed active ingredients in our Liver Health Formula reviews article.

Fungus Eliminator has one of the worst supplement formulations we’ve reviewed on Illuminate Health, and given that the parent brand’s other supplement Liver Health Formula failed our review process in similar fashion, we would recommend that consumers avoid all PureHealth Research supplements.

Bold and Uncited Health Claims

At the time of writing this article, we can’t locate one single citation on the Fungus Eliminator website which links to a medical study, yet the brand makes bold health claims such as “helps you fight embarrassing and irritating toenail fungus” and “enhances immunity functions.”

Why should any consumer believe these claims without any proof?

We generally recommend that consumers avoid brands that make health claims without any research backing. It’s a sign of a low-quality formulation and an unethical brand in our opinion.

PureHealth Research also claims on the product page that “ingredients in Fungus Eliminator have no reports of side effects,” which seems to be demonstrably untrue.

A medical review of wormwood, one of the ingredients in the Fungus Eliminator formulation, has an entire section dedicated to side effects of this botanical compound. The study authors state the following: “The adverse side effects may include stomach cramps, brain injury cramps, vertigo, vomiting, nausea, insomnia, restlessness, urine retention, seizures, and tremors. Many toxicity studies were performed with thujone on experimental animals and revealed that it leads to dose-dependent toxic action.”

We’re not suggesting that this ingredient at the dose included in Fungus Eliminator is likely to be harmful. We believe it to be too underdosed to realize these side effects. Our point is that the brand’s claim, which was uncited, appears to be false.

Do Oral Antifungal Supplements Make Sense?

It seems inefficient to take oral supplements for toe fungus, rather than topical products. A topical product would work more directly on the affected region.

We recommend that patients dealing with recurrent toenail fungus speak with a doctor or dermatologist before attempting treatment, but for those trying to treat the problem at home, tea tree oil (properly diluted) may be an option to consider.

A medical review published in the Mycoses journal examined natural antifungal compounds, and found that in all trials evaluated, tea tree oil was effective against fungus. We strongly recommend that consumers considering tea tree oil to treat fungal infections speak with a doctor first, because this product needs to be properly diluted and can irritate and even damage skin if applied undiluted.

Fungus Eliminator User Reviews

Fungus Eliminator has been reviewed over 100 times on Amazon. It has an average rating of 3.7/5 at the time of writing this article, which is relatively poor.

Fungus Eliminator also gets a C grade from FakeSpot, which is an algorithm that detects potential Amazon review manipulation. This suggests that the brand may have manipulated their Amazon ratings and the true score may be even lower.

The top positive review of Fungus Eliminator from a verified purchaser is written by a user named “Nikki G” who claims the product cured their toenail fungus:

“Have had fungus on big toenails for years. Tried everything from vapor rub, listerene mouthwash soaks, vinegar soaks, and over the counter meds and tonics to apply to toenails… nothing worked. Don’t want to take a prescription med that I have to go have my liver or kidneys tested for every few weeks… too busy for that. Been taking for 2 months… not solved or perfect but a noticeable difference. Worth the money.”

The top negative review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named “Steve Barbre” who claims the product didn’t work

“Good ingrediance but not string enough maybe”

Fungus Eliminator Pros and Cons

Here’s our take on the pros and cons of this supplement:

Pros

  • Unlikely to be harmful
  • Cheaper when purchased in bulk

Cons

  • No research cited on product page
  • Questionable efficacy
  • Ingredients likely underdosed
  • Uncited health claims
  • Low-quality manufacturer
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Conclusion

We recommend avoiding Fungus Eliminator, as we don’t believe it’s likely to be effective at all for curing toenail fungus. The product does contain some botanicals that are shown in medical research to be effective antifungals, but the format used in the medical studies we could locate was almost always an essential oil or plant extract, which are more potent than the raw herbal material used in Fungus Eliminator.

The highest-dosed ingredient in Fungus Eliminator is equivalent to a fraction of a teaspoon worth of material.

We believe that tea tree oil is a superior alternative for topical toenail fungus treatment, but patients should speak with a doctor or dermatologist before using it as it needs to be properly diluted. Tea tree oil is much cheaper than Fungus Eliminator, and there is medical research backing its efficacy.

User reviews of Fungus Eliminator are relatively bad, and the true review score may be even worse when considering that the product receives a C grade on Fakespot.

We recommend avoiding all products sold by PureHealth Research, which is the manufacturer of Fungus Eliminator, because this company manufactures another product which we reviewed poorly with similar concerns.





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