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Supplements and Your Heart


From pills to energy drinks… today’s dietary supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbals, botanicals, amino acids, enzymes and much more. Many of these supplements contain active ingredients that can have strong, negative – even deadly – effects in the body.

“When they went to the cath lab their heart muscles were actually completely clean, it’s just that the supplement was so strong, they had a heart attack purely due to vasospasm,” says Lee Memorial Health System toxicologist, Dr. Timothy Dougherty.

Twenty-three-thousand Americans went to the emergency room last year as a result of taking dietary supplements. Unlike prescription and over-the-counter drugs, which must be approved by the FDA before they can be marketed, dietary supplements do not require review or approval by the FDA before they can be sold.

“When a new supplement comes out that’s a miracle supplement for certain things we will see a rise in potential side effects,” says Dr. Dougherty.

Without any regulation you can’t be sure what you’re taking, from ultra-high doses of caffeine to mega-stimulants even undisclosed, illegal substances have been reported in supplements.

“I think it’s important for people to be aware of that simple fact. And then they can decide what they want to go and do from there,” says Dr. Dougherty.

Always let your health care providers know which dietary supplements you’re taking so that you can discuss what’s best for your overall health.

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Understand Changes to Dietary Supplement Labels


For educational resources on dietary supplement label changes:

Because of changes in the American diet and updates in #nutrition science, the #FDA has mandated new label requirements for dietary supplements. If you take a #multivitamin, #vitaminD, #probiotics, #fishoil, #protein, or any other kind of #dietarysupplement, you should know the facts about their labels. Be #LabelWise.

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Can Dietary Supplements Harm You? | Pew


There are as many as 80,000 vitamin and dietary supplement products available in the U.S. But the Food and Drug Administration knows little about specific products and their ingredients.

One in eight adults say they or an immediate family member have experienced a severe side effect from a vitamin or other dietary supplement. Without knowing what supplements contain, it’s difficult to spot risky or illegal products.

Requiring manufacturers to disclose their products and ingredients to the FDA would help the agency quickly find and remove harmful supplement products from the market, protecting Americans’ health.
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Dangerous ingredients found in dietary supplements


A new investigation may have you rethinking some of your vitamins. Consumer Reports finds certain ingredients in dietary supplements sold around the country can carry major health risks. Dana Jacobson reports on the dangers of a virtually unregulated, yet growing industry.

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Improperly handled food is dangerous so it’s important to know how to be as safe as possible if you work in a grocery store, prepared foods department, or anywhere that makes food. Learn more at !

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U.S. FDA Regulations for Dietary Supplements


Companies that produce dietary supplements for U.S. consumption must register with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), comply with labeling requirements, prepare written Master Manufacturing Records (MMRs), and more. Registrar Corp’s webinar provides an overview of FDA dietary supplement requirements.

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The Disturbing Truth about Vitamin Supplements – Sharp Science


According to the Council for Responsible Nutrition, vitamins and dietary supplements are $122 billion industry. However, most people don’t know that the FDA doesn’t regulate supplements as strictly as prescription medications. In fact, supplement companies don’t even need to prove that the actual ingredients match the label. Most of the time, if you have a balanced diet, supplements are at the very least placebos, and at the most, something that might kill you.

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FDA raises concerns about potentially harmful dietary supplements


The FDA is warning about harmful dietary supplements. The agency is alerting consumers about false claims, unknown ingredients, and potentially harmful products. Americans spent more than $40 billion on supplements last year, and three out of four Americans regularly take a supplement. Dr. David Agus joins “CBS This Morning” with more on the supplement regulation.

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