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Dietary Supplements with Higher Health Risks

Posted on August 6, 2010

Consumer Reports is taking a look at dietary supplements.

In this case, the consumer group finds the dirty dozen supplements you should avoid. Dietary supplements are not overseen by the Food and Drug Administration which can act only when there is a problem and consumers are harmed.

While most vitamin manufacturers and herbal supplement producers are responsible, there have been those who have jumped in for quick profits, especially in the area of weight loss and sexual enhancement.

And some herbs, though natural, have been found to have serious side effects. After all, many of today’s drugs are extracted from natural herbs such aspirin’s active ingredient, salicin, which comes from willow bark.

Many of the warnings from Consumer Reports sound similar to warnings concerning prescription medication. Problems with herbs can include liver damage and heart beat irregularity to your skin turning blue (colloidal silver).

Consumer Reports says avoid:

  • Aconite- for inflammation and joint pains
  • Bitter Orange – for weight loss and nasal congestion
  • Chaparral – for colds
  • Colloidal Silver – for infections
  • Comfrey — for cough
  • Country Mallow – for nasal congestion and allergies
  • Geranium – for pain and infections
  • Greater Celandine – for upset stomach and irritable bowel
  • Kava – for anxiety
  • Lobelia – for coughing, asthma
  • Yohimbe – for chest pain, aphrodisiac

Florida products liability attorneys would like you to take this list into consideration and talk to your doctor before starting any dietary supplement regimen.