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Who should avoid taking nutritional supplements?

Doctors and medical organizations are very concerned about many nutritional supplements, and not just because they're shortsighted or greedy. Currently, doctors warn the following populations against taking supplements:
  • pregnant or nursing women
  • women currently taking birth control pills
  • people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection
  • those taking prescription or over-the-counter medication
  • children
  • those who've had organ transplants

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.