Effects of dietary supplements among troops in war zonesDietary supplements are touted to be the next possible target of forbidden vices for deployed troops after alcohol, pornography, and smoking.

According to some military health experts, there is evidence to suggest that even the legal over-the-counter forms of such supplements can cause unconsciousness, heart palpitations, and death among troops, particularly those in desert climate conditions like Afghanistan.

Ellen P. Embrey, the acting principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, said there were no plans in making for removing the supplements from base stores.