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Sara Swann
By Sara Swann January 9, 2024

No, Dr. Oz didn’t endorse gummies to treat high blood pressure

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  • This video’s audio was edited. Dr. Mehmet Oz didn’t endorse gummies to treat high blood pressure.

  • For years, Oz has warned people not to fall for scams that use his name and likeness to sell health products.

Social media users are claiming celebrity surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz has discovered a new treatment for high blood pressure — in gummy bears.

A Jan. 7 Facebook post showed clips of Oz speaking on a news segment. Then it showed an illustration of blood vessels and a tray of yellow and green gummy bears. A Fox News headline below the clip of Oz read, "Dr. Oz urges Americans to deep clean veins & arteries!"

"It can cost tens of thousands of dollars to deep clean your blood vessels and restore optimal blood health. But a new $5 cure will deep clean your blood vessels in days," Oz appears to say in the video. "Take just two of these gummies daily to restore optimal heart health and youth."

The Facebook post’s caption claims Oz, who ran for a U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania in 2022, said the gummies will cleanse blood vessels, lower blood pressure and alleviate other health issues associated with hypertension.

(Screengrab from Facebook)

This post was flagged as part of Meta’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.)

However, this endorsement is not authentic. The audio was edited to sound like Oz.

The clip of Oz in the Facebook post, which was made to look like a Fox News segment, is from a January 2019 WTVJ-TV broadcast. In the original video, Oz discusses dieting and weight loss.

The Facebook post links to a website with the URL "healthassessmentonline.com." But the website appears to sell snowboarding and ski gear, not the gummies the post advertised.

For years, Oz has warned that supposed product endorsements like this are scams. In 2012, Oz said on Facebook that he doesn’t endorse products, so anything using his name or likeness is fake. PolitiFact has fact-checked other claims of Oz-approved products.

On his website, Oz also warns against scams, "Despite our best efforts, unscrupulous companies are selling fake products using my name and likeness — sometimes, even using AI to generate fake videos of what looks like me, but isn’t. Please be aware, the only real videos of me are coming from my verified social media accounts linked directly on this website. And remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is!"

We rate the claim that Oz has endorsed gummies to "clean blood vessels" and treat high blood pressure False.

Our Sources

Facebook post (archived), Jan. 7, 2024

WTVJ-TV YouTube video, "Dieting Wrong? Dr. Oz talks right way to lose weight," Jan. 3, 2019

Dr. Oz’s website, accessed Jan. 7, 2024

Dr. Mehmet Oz, Facebook post, Dec. 28, 2012

PolitiFact, "Ad for gummies endorsed by Dr. Oz is fake," Dec. 13, 2021

PolitiFact, "No, Dr. Phil and these celebrities are not endorsing CBD gummies," Feb. 3, 2022

PolitiFact, "Fact-checking claims in the John Fetterman-Mehmet Oz Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race," Nov. 6, 2022

Lead Stories, "Fact check: Dr. Oz does NOT promote gummy cure to 'clean blood vessels' — or for any other purpose," Dec. 7, 2023

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