November 2012 Issue
Safety of Supplements In Question
Dietary supplements, which many people believe are safe and natural, may contain active ingredients found in prescription drugs or high dosages of vitamins and minerals that can cause health problems, according to a review from Consumer Reports. From 2007 to 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received more than 6,300 reports of serious adverse events linked with supplements, including 115 deaths. More than half of Americans take supplements. Of particular concern are those targeted at weight loss, bodybuilding or sexual enhancement; and vitamin and mineral supplements that contain more than 100 percent of the recommended daily intake.
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