By Mia De Graaf Health Editor For Dailymail.com
Published: 23:34 BST, 4 June 2019 | Updated: 23:34 BST, 4 June 2019
Herbal supplements promoted for memory boosts and weight loss may cause miscarriages and birth defects, US health officials warn.
Vinpocetine is a man-made chemical derived from the periwinkle plant, and used in various over-the-counter dietary supplements sold in vitamin stores, like GNC and The Vitamin Shoppe.
But new animal studies found even small doses of the herb were linked to smaller birth weights and miscarriages.
In a statement issued on Monday, the FDA urged women who are pregnant or plan to have children to avoid the ingredient.
Vinpocetine is a man-made chemical derived from the periwinkle plant, sold as a