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Dietary supplements linked to severe ill-health effects in children and young adults

Dietary supplements, ‘pills and potions’, are aggresively marketed towards youth and adults alike, most often with exaggerated or outright false claims of efficacy and safety and countless consumers falling for it. This, amidst the extent of poor-quality, inaccurately labelled ingredients, amounts and dosages and finding pharmaceutical-grade / unapproved drugs and ingredients deemed ‘unfit for human consumption’ in dietary supplements, have resulted in growing concerns over the impact on public health, particularly the health of children and adolescents using it – as detailed in the report from Harvard School of Public Health below:

Dietary supplements linked with severe health events in children, young adults