Eliza Gold
July 30, 2016 2:01 pm
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Attention! If you boost your diet with all-natural supplements, you may be at risk of swallowing some very dangerous hype.

According to a new study reported on in Women’s Health, 15 “all-natural” supplements have been characterized as potentially life-threatening health risks.

The research, which was conducted by Consumer Reports Investigation, has concluded that ingredients such as green tea powder extract, red yeast rice, and caffeine powder are unsafe.

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Though these ingredients are often included in easily accessible, over-the-counter dietary supplements, they can actually lead to dizziness, cancer, cardiac arrest, organ failure, seizures, and heart arrhythmia, among other health issues.

It’s not groundbreaking medical news that dietary supplements can be falsely advertised or cause potential health risks. Unfortunately, supplements are not well regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. However, according to Women’s Health, more doctors within the medical community are working together to educate the public.

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Reading labels isn’t enough, and neither is a light google search. It’s important to take note of your pre-existing health conditions and any medications you may be taking when you consider taking dietary supplements. Even if green tea powder extract sounds healthy, its interaction with other chemicals in your system could lead to potential health risks. It is imperative that people who want to supplement their diet consult their doctors before making any online or over-the-counter purchases.

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Ingredients on the risk list include aconite, caffeine powder, chaparral, coltsfoot, comfrey, germander, greater celandine, green tea extract powder, kava, lobelia, methylsynephrine, pennyroyal oil, red yeast rice, usnic acid, and yohimbe.

So, next time you want that all-natural energy boost, eat an apple and call your doctor.

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