More than half of adult Americans take dietary supplements in the
belief they will keep them healthy, help them lose weight, or increase
vitality and drive, but according to Consumer Reports, they may not
realize there is no obligation for manufacturers to show they are safe
and effective, and in their latest report they reveal 12 ingredients
that consumers should avoid because they have been linked to health
risks, including cardiovascular, liver, and kidney problems.

In their September 2010 report published on Tuesday, the consumer magazine describes how the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has little power to regulate dietary supplements under the "industry-friendly" 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), and where it does have power, it hardly ever uses it.

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