Last year, Americans spent more than 26 billion dollars on dietary supplements to lose weight, stay fit, perform better etc.
The legality and efficacy of many supplements are questionable according to a new report and there may be the following problems associated with them:
- As many as a dozen supplements are best avoided because of health risks such as liver, heart and kidney problems that could possibly result from their use. This includes supplements available in stores as well as online.
- A number of supplements may be contaminated with pesticides, heavy metals, and even prescription drugs since there is an insufficient inspection and quality control check in place to prevent this happening.
- Very often the raw materials are sourced from China, which has repeatedly been found to supply contaminated products. No Chinese factory has ever been inspected by the FDA.
- One example of a supplement that caused a user to have very serious health consequence is Total Body Formula that is supposed to improve a person’s general health. Side effects included pain in the joints, diarrhea, hair loss, problems in the lungs, and toe nails and finger nails falling off!
- The dozen supplements that are to be avoided are aconite, bitter orange, chaparral, colloidal silver, coltsfoot, comfrey, country mallow, germanium, greater celandine, kava, lobelia, and yohimbe.