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Don’t get scammed by “all natural” claims
FDA warns consumers about the dangers hidden in “all natural” dietary supplements, as well as products marketed to treat or cure certain conditions.

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Dietary supplements and surgical procedures
Be careful about using dietary supplements if you are planning to have surgery or if you have recently had surgery. Some ingredients could cause problems.
What’s the story with deer velvet and IGF-1?
Questions about deer velvet and IGF-1? Are they banned in the military? Read the OPSS FAQs to find out.
Green coffee beans—health or hype?
Weight-loss supplements with green coffee beans have been popular lately, but some products have more in them than just coffee beans. Get the facts about ingredients and always read product labels carefully.
Questions about C4 Extreme?
Will C4 Extreme cause you to “pop positive” on a drug test? Read the OPSS FAQ to find out the answer.
Caffeine in supplements – how much?
Some of the most popular dietary supplements sold on military bases may give inaccurate—or no—information about caffeine content on their labels.

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