Diet Supplements Can Be Risky

I learned this during my days at General Nutrition Center (GNC), but I want to be sure to be sure that you all know that just because a supplement is labeled natural, it doesn’t mean that it is safe. Now, an investigation by Consumer Reports agrees.

From CNN:

The report lists 12 ingredients found in supplements which are linked to serious side effects and which haven’t been shown to do what they claim to do.

They are: aconite, bitter orange, chaparral, colloidal silver, coltsfoot, country mallow, germanium, greater celandine, kava, lobelia, yohimbe.The FDA tells CNN it hasn’t been able to determine what scientific basis Consumer Reports is using for their warning.  FDA spokesperson Siobhan DeLancey says the agency has cautioned consumers or provided articles and case studies about possible side effects for 7 of the 12 supplements listed by Consumer Reports (aconite, chaparral, colloidal silver, comfrey, germanium, kava and yohimbe).

“It is important to note that these potential adverse events are based in large part on a degree of exposure and the duration of that exposure,” said DeLancey.  In other words, a specific amount of the ingredient over a specific amount of time.

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