Supplements: 15 ingredients that could make you sick

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Food supplements: is the idea that, since they are natural-based products, they can be taken without problems, is enough? Absolutely no.

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Nutritional Supplements. On them use, and abuse, there is now a flourishing literature. Most of the food supplements, as we know, are used to keep weight under control, as a remedy for insomnia or to have a surplus of energy.





But is the idea that, since they are natural-based products, they can be taken without any problems suffice?

Absolutely no. On the contrary, Keep in mind that supplements can also have side effects, especially if you are taking medications at the same time.

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In fact, if supplements can be used as "concentrated" sources of nutrients or other substances with a precise nutritional or physiological effect (they can be used for correcting nutritional deficiencies or maintaining an adequate intake of certain nutrients), supplementing the normal diet, in some cases, excessive intake of those vitamins and minerals it can be harmful or cause unwanted effects. Apart from the exceptional case where many supplements for sale in some chain stores may even be fake.

Well, Consumer Reports, the US Consumers' Association, with the collaboration of a group of independent doctors and researchers who are experts in dietary supplements and supplements, has identified 15 potentially dangerous supplement ingredients, which must be taken with care and without exaggerating.

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It is risks which, in the event of abuse, may include organ damage (primarily the liver), cancer and cardiac arrest. The severity of these threats often depends on factors such as pre-existing medical conditions, the amount of the ingredient taken, and the time taken.

15 supplement ingredients that could make you sick:

Here is the list:

Aconite (aconiti tuber, aconitum, angustifolium, monkshood, radix aconti, wolfsbane): it has the power to reduce inflammation, joint pain, gout. But in contraindications it can cause nausea, vomiting, paralysis, respiratory and heart problems.



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Forest beard (beard moss, tree moss, usnea, usnic acid): pain reliever and indicated for weight loss. Risks include liver damage.

Common Camedrio (Germander, Teucrium chamaedrys, viscidum): weight loss, treatment of fever, gout, stomach problems. But in contraindications it can cause liver damage and hepatitis.

Celandine (chelidonium majus, chelidonii herb): for stomach pain. The risks include liver damage.

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Chaparral (creosote, greasewood, larrea divaricata, larrea tridentata, larreastat): for weight loss, anti-inflammatory, treats colds, infections, skin rashes, cancer. But it can cause kidney problems and liver damage.

• Comfrey (blackwort, bruisewort, slippery root, symphytum officinale): relieves cough, menstrual pain, stomach problems and chest pain. But it can lead to liver damage and is a possible carcinogen.

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• Powdered extract of green tea (Camellia sinensis): weight loss, dizziness, ringing in the ears, reduced iron absorption. But it can aggravate anemia and glaucoma, increase blood pressure level and heart rate, can cause liver damage.

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• Kava (Ava pepper, kava kava, piper methysticum): reduces anxiety, helps fight insomnia. Risks include liver damage, aggravation of Parkinson's and depression, and can cause driving problems.

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Lobelia (Asthma weed, lobelia inflata, vomit wort, Indian tobacco): helps with respiratory problems and smoking cessation. But it can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, rapid heartbeat, confusion, convulsions, hypothermia, coma.


Methylsynephrine (Oxilofrine, p-hydroxyephedrine, oxyephedrine, 4-HMP): weight loss, energy, helps athletic performance. But the risks include arrhythmias and cardiac arrest, and it is particularly risky when taken with other stimulants.

Pennyroyal Oil (Hedeoma pulegioides, mentha americana): milder respiratory problems that can disrupt the digestive system. Tra i rischi: Renal failure, danni al fegato, nerve and convulsion.

Caffeine powder (1,3,7-trimethylxanthine): increases attention, promotes athletic performance, weight loss. Risks include seizures, cardiac arrhythmia, cardiac arrest and is more dangerous when combined with other stimulants.

• Red fermented rice (Monascus purpureus): lowers LDL cholesterol, prevents heart damage, but can cause kidney damage and muscle problems, liver damage and hair loss.

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• Common toxilaggine (Coughwort, farfarae folium leaf, foalswort, tussilago farfara): relieves cough, sore throat, laryngitis, bronchitis, asthma. The risks include liver damage and it is a possible carcinogen.

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Yohimbe (Johimbi, pausinystalia yohimbe, yohimbine, corynanthe johimbi): increases libido, treats erectile dysfunction, depression and can be useful against obesity. But it increases blood pressure, causes rapid heartbeat, headaches, seizures, liver, kidney, heart problems and panic attacks.

It is therefore clear, for example, that thepowdered green tea extract (Camellia sinensis), if on the one hand it helps to reduce weight, on the other it can cause a reduced iron absorption, thereby aggravating anemia and glaucoma. Or fermented red rice, which if it lowers LDL cholesterol and prevents heart damage, can, among other things, cause kidney damage and muscle and liver problems.

Conclusion? Avoid DIY e always consult your doctor, the only one who will be able to indicate the correct doses and the period of administration.

Germana Carillo

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