Watch Those Supplements! There May Be More In Them Than You Thought

Don’t take supplements with these ingredients
There are 15 ingredients found in dietary supplements that people should always avoid, according to a Consumer Reports study. These dangerous ingredients have the potential to cause kidney and liver failure, paralysis, seizure, possible death and more.

  • Aconite
  • Caffeine Powder
  • Chaparral
  • Coltsfoot
  • Comfrey
  • Germander
  • Greater Celandine
  • Green Tea Extract Powder
  • Kava
  • Lobelia
  • Methylsynephrine
  • Pennyroyal Oil
  • Red Yeast Rice
  • Usnic Acid
  • Yohimbe

Whether or not you’ll experience severe side effects depends on three factors: how much and how long you’ve been ingesting the ingredients, and if you have a pre-existing condition.

Many of these ingredients—like caffeine powder, methylsynephrine and red yeast rice—may interact with statins taken to lower cholesterol, drugs like aspirin that have blood-thinning properties and other stimulants. The study concluded the health benefits of these ingredients don’t justify the risks, and yet these ingredients can be found readily in supplements at your local drug store.

Many healthy adults can get the recommended vitamins and minerals from their diet alone, making supplements unnecessary. Talk to your doctors, pharmacist and dietitian about any supplements you’re interested in taking. They can help you determine which supplements, if any, could be valuable for you.

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