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Solid Rule for Supplements

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Considering a new supplement? Check with your doctor. It may sound cliché, but last year's report about some herbal supplements leading to elevated levels of lead in the blood is yet another example of why it's so important to talk to a physician first.

In the study conducted by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, blood lead levels were up to 40 percent higher in women, but not men, who used Ayurvedic or traditional Chinese herbal supplements when compared to those not taking the store-bought drugs.

While the amounts didn’t reach toxic levels in the women, it’s a serious situation for those who are pregnant or planning on having a baby. Lead can penetrate a woman’s placenta and breast milk, exposing developing fetuses and infants to the harmful element. If you’re expecting a baby, discuss all supplements with your doctor.

About The Author

David Schipper – David began writing for CorePerformance.com in 2008, after spending six years at Men's Health magazine digging up the newest scientific research in health, weight loss, nutrition, muscle and cardiovascular fitness.

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Tags: Supplements, Health