According to research published in the New England Journal Of Medicine, some 23,000 emergency room visits annually could be brought on by adverse effects of dietary supplements.

The study finds that the same events lead to more than 2,100 hospitalizations per year, with about 28 percent involving young adults between the ages of 20 and 34.

Researchers said that taking out the cases involving children, which largely involve unsupervised ingestion, about two-thirds of the emergency room visits were related to herbal or complementary nutritional products, many of which are used for weight loss or to boost energy.

Those usually unregulated products can often lead to heart palpitations, rhythm disturbances and/or chest pain.