Regulators and Physicians Raise Alarms About Dangerous Ingredients in Many Herbal Remedies

Nearly two-thirds of American adults take dietary supplements, a broad category that includes vitamins, minerals and herbal products. Most supplements are consumed without raising safety concerns. Still, the products are much less closely scrutinized than drugs. Since last December, the FDA has issued warnings about more than 70 weight-loss supplements that included potentially dangerous ingredients. The ingredients included prescription drugs, and the agency said the side effects could include seizure, heart attack and stroke.

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