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tained ingredients not listed on their labels,
such as traces of lead and arsenic.
But, experts say, it’s important to remember that some dietary supplements also
may help patients. “Most dietary supplements are generally safe for most people
at the recommended levels,” says Paul
Coates, director of NIH’s Office of Dietary
Supplements. He points out that supplements like calcium or vitamin B12 may be
especially helpful to people over 50 who
have difficulty getting all the nutrients they
need in foods.
The National Center for Complementary
and Alternative Medicine also has useful information online about many commonly used dietary supplements. But the
best place to start is with your doctor and
pharmacist. Make sure they know if you’re
taking a dietary supplement of any kind,
including a multivitamin. And before you
start taking any new supplement, no matter
how “natural” or harmless it may seem, talk
to your doctor or pharmacist. ;
Peter Jaret is a freelance writer living in
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