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Millions of people around the world [take / eat] dietary supplements in the belief that they will [boost / boast] their health. New research casts doubt [in / on] the benefits of these pills and tablets. A new report from the American organisation Consumer Reports (CR) found serious [healthy / health] risks from supplements that [included / including] vitamins, probiotics, and weight loss pills. CR said the biggest problem with supplements is that they are [large / largely] unregulated. While medicinal drugs have to be tested for [safety / safe] and effectiveness, dietary supplements need [far / for] less government [approved / approval] in many countries. This means that consumers are largely in the dark regarding the ingredients of the supplements and how the body will react [for / to] them.

Lisa Gill, an editor at CR, said the report showed [how / what] dangerous many supplements were. She said they could cause [liver / liven] failure, kidney failure requiring kidney [transplant / transplants] , seizures, and heart problems. Gill added: "Just because it's not [prescription / proscribe] , you say, 'oh, it's safe,' but that's not [necessarily / necessary] true." Gill urges consumers to [evade / avoid] 15 ingredients [commonly / common] found in supplements, including red yeast and caffeine powder. She warned: "There have been deaths associated [with / of] each of these." She told people to seek medical help before taking supplements. She said: "Tell your doctor and your pharmacist what you're [talking / taking] . Treat it like a medication. It's [that / then] important. It's really about your health."

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