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New data on liver damage from bodybuilding supplements

Liver injury from herbals and dietary supplements in the U.S. drug-induced liver injury network.

Study under review: Liver Injury from Herbals and Dietary Supplements in the U.S. Drug-Induced Liver Injury Network

Introduction

About half of adults in the U.S. currently use supplements, up from around 35% in 1980. Many bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts use supplements for general health or for physical performance. Some of these supplements may be dangerous and lack appropriate warnings, especially given the huge variety of products available and the lack of rigorous research on many of them.

A recent study sought to assess the frequency and severity of liver damage associated with dietary supplements, especially those marketed to bodybuilders.

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