Natural supplements can be dangerously contaminated, or not even have the specified ingredients

More than two-thirds of Americans take dietary supplements. The vast majority of consumers – 84% – are confidentthe products are safe and effective.They should not be so trusting.I’ma professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Connecticut. As described in my new articlein the Annals of Pharmacotherapy, consumers take real risks if they use diet supplements not independently verified by reputable outside labs.What are the risks?Heavy metals, which are known to cause cancer, dementia and brittle bones, contaminate many diet supplements. One study of 121 productsrevealed 5% of them surpa…

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