Study reveals the risk of dietary supplements to youth health
Researchers have found that people under the age of 25 are particularly vulnerable to the serious side effects of dietary supplements, which promote slimming or muscle building and raise the body’s energy.
The study, conducted by Harvard University’s T.H. Chan College, said that young men and women who eat dietary supplements are 3 times more susceptible to infection than their peers, who consume natural vitamins.
“The FDA has issued countless warnings about supplements sold for weight loss, muscle building or athletic performance, sexual functions and energy, and we know that these products are going on,” said the president’s author, Flora Orr, a researcher at the Harvard Center for the Prevention of eating disorders. Widely marketed and used by young people. “
The study, published in the Adolescent Health journal, was based on the special Food and Drug Administration data on serious medical reactions to food or nutritional supplements between 2004 and 2015.
The researchers compiled information on dietary supplements, which were linked to hospital visits, long-term disability, mortality and other types of illness, among persons under 25 years of age.
Reactions were more common among young people who used supplementation rather than vitamins.
Recent findings following a warning by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that a common substance in unregulated weight loss (vinpocetine) and memory-enhancing supplements can cause miscarriage and congenital malformations.