Herb used in weight loss and memory supplements is linked to miscarriages and ...

Herb used in weight loss and memory supplements is linked to miscarriages and birth defects, FDA warns Vinpocetine is a man-made chemical derived from the periwinkle plant, and used in various over-the-counter dietary supplements sold in US vitamin stores New animal studies have linked it to miscarriages and low birth weights It has previously been linked to low blood pressure and headaches In China, Russia and Germany, it is a controlled ingredient used in prescriptions 

By Mia De Graaf Health Editor For Dailymail.com

Published: 23:34 BST, 4 June 2019 | Updated: 23:34 BST, 4 June 2019

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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 prescription substance in China and Germany, but allowed in unregulated supplements in the US

Vinpocetine is a man-made chemical derived from the periwinkle plant, sold as a

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