Millions of Americans use health supplements every day, week and month of the year. It is estimated that in 2012 almost US$ 29 million was spent on every kind of supplement imaginable. The reason these over the counter supplements are taken is to stay healthy but there is a serious problem.
The U.S. government has little control over quality control of these types of products. To make matters worse, there are supplements, produced in China, that are known to be defective or down right dangerous. For some reason the U.S. government has done very little, if anything, about these supplements or to shut them down. Here is the latest information on some very dangerous supplements that do more harm than good for your body.
Supplement Name – Aconite
This supplement is a plant that is taken to reduce joint pain and gout. Aconite naturally has poisonous substances which have been proven to be the major cause of herbal poisoning in Asia.
Supplement Name – Chaparral
This supplement is used for arthritis and treatment of STD afflicted patients. Chaparral is known to cause kidney damage, liver dysfunction, high fever, nausea and diarrhea.
Supplement Name – Colloidal Silver
This supplement is taken for bronchitis, ear infections, fungal infections and Lyme disease. The silver in this supplement is invasive for human organs and can stay in the liver, spleen and skin of those who take the supplement.
Supplement Name – Coltsfoot
This plant is used to treat respiratory diseases. The problem is that it also is a strong anti-coagulant. For people who are already taking blood thinners, the interaction with coltsfoot can be very dangerous.
Supplement Name – Comfrey
Comfrey is used to treat digestive tract problems as well as some respiratory problems. The plant has some serious natural poisons located in certain sections of the plant. During production of the supplement, too often the poison, pyrrolizidine alkaloids, get into the supplements. Supplements from China have been the biggest culprit of this serious problem.
Supplement Name – Germanium
Germanium is used for diseases involving insufficient flow of blood. It is also used in China for treatment of glaucoma and cataracts. Germanium has been specifically identified as almost 100 cases of kidney failure in the United States.
Supplement Name – Kava
Kava is taken to reduce anxiety and worry, but Kava is also proven to cause serious and permanent damage to the human liver. Even a limited amount of use of this supplement has been deemed to be dangerous for humans. Instead of taking a dangerous supplement like Kava, therapy for cognitive behavior is a proven, and safer, method of treating anxiety and depression.
For more information on possibly dangerous supplements that do more harm to your body ask your pharmacist or family doctor. As there are many more suspected dangerous supplements, make sure you do this before taking any type of over the counter health supplement.