Dietary Supplements Can Cause Serious Health Issues, Says Consumer Reports

Posted: Jul 29 2016, 9:42pm CDT | by , Updated: Jul 31 2016, 7:32pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Dietary Supplements Can Cause Serious Health Issues, Claims Consumer Reports
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New report suggests that supplements sold across the country may carry ingredients that can be dangerous.

You may be putting your health in jeopardy by consuming dietary supplements.

A new report finds dietary supplements sold around the country can carry certain ingredients that can potentially harm your health. These supplements are easily accessible online and at major retail stores. 

Consumer Reports, a nonprofit magazine that evaluates various products, identifies 15 harmful ingredients in so-called supplements that are linked to serious health issues ranging from damaged liver and kidney, nausea, vomiting, pain, allergic reactions to stroke and cancer and even death.

Dietary supplements contain ingredients that are indented to add nutritional value to your diet and are consumed for a number of reasons such as weight loss, muscle building, energy boosting or to increase mental sharpness. 

But dietary supplements including vitamins, probiotics and weight-loss pills are mainly unprescribed and do not have to go through U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. So no one be sure about their safety and effectiveness. 

“Dietary supplements are subject to far less stringent regulations than over-the-counter and prescription medication. The FDA classifies them differently from drugs. So the companies that make and sell them aren’t required to prove that they’re safe for their intended use before selling them, or that they work as advertised, or even that their packages contain what the labels say they do. And because of those lax policies, supplements that make their way into retail stores, doctors’ offices, and hospitals can pose a number of potential problems.” Consumer Reports says

The 15 ingredients that have been labeled dangerous per report are:

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

Report says that none of those above mentioned ingredients provide sufficient health benefits to justify the risk. In short, the potential risks associated with dietary supplements outweigh their perceived benefits. 

The severity of these health risks can depend on several factors such as how much and how long the potentially harmful ingredient has been taken. Supplements can also interact with prescription and over the counter medications and aggravate the any pre-existing condition. 

Health professionals are concerned about this ever-increasing trend of taking dietary supplements and believe the industry which now worth $37 billion a year needs to be regulated to ensure the safety of the consumers.

More details about the potentially harmful ingredients can be read here.

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