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"Dirty Dozen" Supplements Named; Industry Responds

Posted: August 5, 2010

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For safer supplement use, Metcalf says, consumers can beware of products that have been linked with the most problems -- those for weight loss, sexual enhancement and body-building.

A product that has a "USP Verified" mark means the manufacturer has asked the U.S. Pharmacopeia, a nonprofit standards-setting authority, to verify the quality, purity and potency of its raw ingredients or the finished product.

Consumers can also check out alerts and advisories regarding dietary supplements on the websites of the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements and the FDA.

By Kathleen Doheny, WebMD, August 3, 2010