Consumer Reports: 10 hidden dangers of vitamins

  • (CBS News) Many people take vitamins, minerals  or dietary supplements because they consider them to be a safe way to stay healthy. But supplements aren't as safe as one may think, warns Consumer Reports.

    In its latest investigation, the consumer advocacy magazine conducted interviews, reviewed research and analyzed side effect reports submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's adverse event reporting program it obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

    Are supplements as "natural" as the label says? Are claims of cancer prevention all they're cracked up to be? From Consumer Reports, here are 10 surprising dangers you - and the more than half of Americans who take supplements - may want to keep in mind next time you pop open that bottle...