Here’s another reason to get serious about your supplements—simply said, you may be putting your health at risk. A new report links dietary supplements to nearly 20 percent of drug-related liver injuries. And that estimate is probably low.
Two of the biggest culprits were bodybuilding and weight loss products, the latter used often by middle-aged women.
Up to half of Americans take dietary supplements. And it’s easy to assume if a product is on a store shelf, it must be safe. However, the FDA estimates 70 percent of supplement companies aren’t following basic quality control standards.
I’m not against using supplements, but I recommend you not take a dietary supplement that has not been evaluated by an independent-testing lab such as ConsumerLab or USP. Or, at the very least, don’t begin taking one without checking with your pharmacist or physician first.
Here are some more of my blogs on this topic:
- USA Today urges greater regulatory oversight of dietary supplements
- Could Supplements Harm Me?
- FDA warns supplements contain dangerous drugs
- CDC: Most Americans get enough vitamins without supplements
- Some supplements associated with increased risk of death in older women
- FDA targets manufacturers of tainted supplements
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