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Letters
January 21, 2009

Metal Content in Ayurvedic Medicines

JAMA. 2009;301(3):271-272. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.1005

To the Editor: Dr Saper and colleagues1 found that approximately 20% of Ayurvedic products sold over the Internet contained heavy metals, and the metal content was higher among a subgroup of products classified as rasa shastra. Although the efforts to establish that metal content in these products may potentially present a public health hazard are important, we caution against their policy conclusion: “We suggest strictly enforced, government-mandated daily dose limits for toxic metals in all dietary supplements and requirements that all manufacturers demonstrate compliance through independent third-party testing.”

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