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FDA Says This Dietary Supplement Could Cause Miscarriage. Here’s How to Avoid It - 1 weeks ago, 12:56

Lib Ryan

June 7, 2019

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration advised moms to avoid dietary supplement vinpocetine, due to concerns about an increased risk of miscarriage.

New research from the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) National Toxicology Program (NTP) suggests that pregnant women who consume vinpocetine are at a higher risk for adverse reproductive effects: decreased fetal weight or miscarriage.

“We’re advising pregnant women and women who could become pregnant not to take vinpocetine,” the FDA said in a statement. The administration is also advising that dietary supplements that contain vinpocetine come with a safety warning so that pregnant women or women hoping to get pregnant can easily opt out.

But let’s break this down because until companies do put those specified warnings on a bottle of supplements, you’re going to want to read that tiny print of ingredient labels. Vinpocetine is commonly found in supplement blends for memory or focus (but ...
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