Dodgy herbal supplements blamed for liver injury

Common culprits are those aimed at bodybuilders and dieters

Dodgy herbal supplements are a common cause of liver injury, with bodybuilding and weight-loss products among the worst offenders.

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US drug-induced liver injuries linked to supplements jumped from 7% in 2003 to about 20% in 2014, a study has found.

And studies in Europe show similar increases.

Last year, two cases of severe liver toxicity in Australian men — involving green tea extract, garcinia cambogia and valerian — prompted calls for tighter regulation.

In a new analysis of 272 herbal dietary supplements, 51% had