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Nontraditional supplements in women

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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American Health Foundation researchers' investigation of the use of nontraditional dietary supplements (NTS) in 1,630 breast cancer patients shows that "over 70% of the women are taking supplements with over 33% of them taking NTS (44% herbals, 24% proteins/enzymes, amino acids)." The results, presented at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology meeting in Washington, D.C. April 17-21, demonstrate the most popular supplements used by women suffering from breast cancer are garlic (21%), coenzyme Q10 (20%), bioflavonoids (20%), ginkgo biloba (14%) and ginseng (12%). Researchers Barbara Winters, PhD, et al., suggest "rigorous research efforts should continue to define safety and efficacy and...we must proactively evaluate and monitor supplement use by cancer patients"
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