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Most Used Natural Products

0.1% of U.S. children (80,000) used
garlic supplements

There was little change between 2007 and 2012 in the number of children in the United States using garlic supplements. About 2,000 more children used garlic supplements in 2012 than in 2007.

Garlic is the edible bulb from a plant in the lily family. Side effects of ingesting garlic may include breath and body odor, heartburn, upset stomach, and allergic reactions. These side effects are more common with raw garlic. Parents should be aware that many complementary health approaches have not been tested for safety or effectiveness in children.

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5 Citation: Black LI, Clarke TC, Barnes PM, Stussman BJ, Nahin RL. Use of complementary health approaches among children aged 4-17 years in the United States: National Health Interview Survey, 2007-2012. National health statistics reports; no 78. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2015. (229KB PDF)

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