Are Your Supplements Hurting Your Health?

herbal medicineSometimes it’s almost impossible to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, and many people rely on dietary supplements to fill in the gaps. More than half of the adult population have taken them to stay healthy, lose weight, gain an edge in sports or in the bedroom, and avoid using prescription drugs. In 2009, we spent $26.7 billion on them, according to the Nutrition Business Journal, a trade publication.

But what consumers might not realize is that supplement manufacturers routinely, and legally, sell their products without being required to prove that they’re safe and effective.

What Makes Certain Supplements Dangerous?

A dozen ingredients commonly found in dietary supplements should be avoided, according to a new report, because they are linked to cancer, coma, kidney and liver damage, heart problems, and death.