All too often people start taking supplements that they have not researched and know little about. We will take a good look at three supplements that people have been consuming for years and that might not have known about the health risks to them.
Most supplements that people take on a daily basis are perfectly fine. But there are others that are harmful if they are taken in high doses. Also, there are some supplements that can interfere with certain health issues and make them worse.
Be Careful With These Supplements
Before you take any supplement YOU NEED TO SPEAK with your doctor first. This is the only way to ensure that what you are taking won’t harm you in anyway. The list below contains common supplements that you should avoid because they have caused health problems with some people. With that said, some of these supplements can be used safely but it’s best that you are supervised when you take them.
Yohimbe is the one supplement that for years men used as a natural testosterone booster. Yes, it actually does work. I personally have not used it, but however, I did have a buddy who swore by it.
He claims that after taking this African root that he could get and keep an erection for almost as long as he could on Viagra. At that time people didn’t seem to know about the dangers of taking these supplement as they do now.
What can Yohimbe do to you? Well here are some of the risks. Studies have shown that it can raise or lower your blood pressure to abnormal levels increasing the risk of a stroke of cardiac arrest.
Under medical supervision, doctors use it to treat erectile dysfunction and lack of sex drive. On the other hand taking this supplement from over the counter can be extremely dangerous because you aren’t sure what’s inside of it.
Next, we have the plant, Kava or Kava Kava. This plant has been used for centuries, it is in the pepper family, its origins are thought to be Polynesian or Malay. It is most often used to help people relax and as a stress reliever.
However new research has indicated that it can cause liver damage including cirrhosis and hepatitis. Those that have liver diseases already need to be very careful with Kava. In fact, it’s best not to take it at all and risk your health.
Now we have Aconite or Aconitum. It is also known under a variety of name mostly from older times one of which is Wolf’s bane. Native to mountainous regions of the Northern Hemisphere it is a flowering plant in which the roots that contain pseudaconitine is a deadly poison.
Supposedly given in small doses it will treat inflammation and joint pain, however, it has been found to cause respiratory system failure, vomiting, low blood pressure, and nausea. It can also cause heart rhythm disorders and even death.
You probably don’t think of caffeine as dangerous right? Well… It can definitely be dangerous and even FATAL. But if you are just drink a couple of cups of coffee a day drinker. You will most likely experience zero side effects from caffeine.
People run into problems with caffeine when they start taking caffeine supplements like pills or powders. You figure a single cup of coffee contains about 60mg to 100mg of caffeine. You could drink 10 cups of coffee in a day and be perfectly fine. Of course, that isn’t recommended but you would still be alive.
Taking caffeine supplements on the other hand can get dangerous fast. A single caffeine pill can contain 200mg of caffeine. You can see how people can easily overdose on caffeine by taking a small handful of pills. With caffeine powder people overdose all the time because they don’t have the proper scales to measure out doses.
Conclusion: Speak With Your Doctor
It’s up to you if you want to use any of these supplements. While most people will experience no negative side effects from these supplements. That doesn’t mean that it’s safe for everyone. You need to be very careful with your health.
Always talk with your doctor, it’s the wisest choice that you can do. Don’t try to take any of these supplements if you think they might interfere with any of your health problems.
Supplements are a great way to get extra nutrition that you aren’t getting from your food. But getting vitamins and nutrients from food is the best way to get them.
Take care of your body and it will take care of you! If you are unsure about taking any supplements just speak with a qualified health professional. They are there to help you make informed decisions about your health.