The FDA has issued a warning that an ingredient in dietary supplements may cause a miscarriage or harm fetal development.
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The ingredient is called vinpocetine, marketed for weight loss, energy and brain and memory function.
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It is often listed as "vinca minor extract," "lesser periwinkle extract" or "common periwinkle extract."
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Vinpocetine decreased fetal weight and increased the chances of a miscarriage in test animals.
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A new tool is now available - the Dietary Supplement Ingredient Advisory List - to more quickly alert the public of unlawful ingredients.
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