Alexandria, VA—Consumers who are concerned about the safety of dietary supplements should pay attention to a new statistic offered by the American Association of Poison Control Centers. According to the U.S. National Poison Data System, dietary supplements caused no deaths in 2008.
The report also broke down data from various botanical extracts like echinacea, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, St. John’s wort and kava kava. Again, no deaths were reported and less than 10 major incidences were noted. Other supplements, like vitamins/multivitamins, glucosamine and creatine also were not associated with any deaths or major incidences.
These data were collected from 61 poison control centers, which took more than 4.3 million calls in 2008. The 174-page report is available at www.aapcc.org/dnn/Portals/0/2008annualreport.pdf.
Published in WholeFoods Magazine, March 2010