Dietary Supplement May Cause Miscarriage

Dietary Supplement May Cause Miscarriage

The FDA recently released a warning that a certain dietary supplement may cause miscarriage or harm fetal development. The dietary supplement is known as “vinpocetine” (also called “vinca minor extract,” “lesser periwinkle extract,” or “common periwinkle extract”). This supplement is usually promoted as a substance that can increase cognitive performance, enhance energy, and rapidly reduce […]

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Herbal Supplements May be Harmful During Pregnancy

Herbal Supplements May be Harmful During Pregnancy

A recent study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology looked at pregnancy outcomes in women who used herbal supplements during pregnancy. This review included 74 studies that covered 47 herbal products. The results found that herbal supplements may be harmful during pregnancy. Specifically, the use of herbal supplements was associated with an increased risk of pregnancy […]

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Is it Safe to Take Herbal Supplements During Pregnancy?

Is it Safe to Take Herbal Supplements During Pregnancy?

Herbal supplements are increasingly popular with many believing that they are natural alternatives to more conventional medicines commonly prescribed in Western medicine. Unlike prescription drugs, natural herbs and vitamin supplements do not have to go through the rigorous evaluation proving safety and efficacy by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Because of this, the quality […]

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Herbal Supplements

Herbal Supplements and Fertility

Over $5 billion is spent annually on herbal supplements in America that promise everything from curing colds, fighting hot flashes to enhancing fertility. Claims made for supplements not just for fertility but nutritional supplements in general are often questionable without sufficient scientific proof that they work. Quality controls are generally lacking in production and manufacturing […]

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