Are you certain all the ingredients in your “natural” dietary supplements are safe, let alone effective? There is an alarming increase in the discovery of a wide variety of undeclared pharmaceutical ingredients contaminating supplements in the marketplace today. In July of this year the FDA listed 75 tainted weight loss products that contained undeclared medications–some with multiple medications in a single formulation. The most common targets for these undeclared, potentially hazardous ingredients are supplements for weight loss, sexual enhancement, and athletic performance. Caveat emptor–let the buyer beware!
PositiveTip: All considering taking a supplement should read “American Roulette–Contaminated Dietary Supplements.” in the October 7, 2009 issue of New England Journal of Medicine.