Dietary Supplements Risks, Part II

This post is the continuation of “Dietary Supplements, Part I.”

Dietary supplements look like harmless and health boosters. While some have benefits, many don’t. Hundreds of supplements are tainted with drugs and other chemical scaping the FDA control. Remember, unlike drugs, dietary supplements are in the market without FDA review for safety and effectiveness. Even some traditional remedies don’t have the warranty to be safe. 

The following substances have FDA safety concerns:






Ephedra (ma huang)




Stimulant laxative ingredients, like those found in dieter’s teas

For example, Comfrey contains certain alkaloids that can cause severe liver damage, and Aristolochia can cause kidney failure. According to the National Academy of Sciences, some vitamins and minerals, when taken in inappropriate amounts, can cause health issues. If you take too much vitamin A, it can reduce bone mineral density, cause congenital abnormalities, and lead to liver damages.

If you want to know your Vitamin and Minerals safety recommendation level consult, make a “Coach Consultation” today.

FDA has discovered hundreds of dietary supplements containing drugs or other chemicals, particularly in products for weight loss, sexual enhancement, or bodybuilding. The extra ingredients generally aren’t listed on the label, but cause serious side effects or interact in a dangerous way with medicines or other supplements you are taking. People have suffered strokes, acute liver injury, kidney failure, and pulmonary embolisms (artery blockage in the ling); some people have died. Tainted supplements often are sold with false and misleadings claims like “100% natural” and “safe.”

To recognize tainted products, look for:

  • Those products claiming to be alternatives to FDA-approved drugs or have effects similar to prescription drugs.
  • products claiming to be legal alternatives to anabolic steroids
  • marketing material primarily in a foreign language
  • promises of rapid effects or results.

Tainted Weight Loss Products
2019 FDA Public Notifications

JaDera Plus
Seaya Lender
Love in S
Reduktis Max
Lipro Dietary Capsule
Adelgasin Plus
Super Slimming Herb
Lishou Fuling Jiaonang
Super Slimming Herb
Lishou Fuling Jiaonang
Detoxi slim
Absolute Nine Slim

Tainted Body Building Supplement
FDA Public Notifications

Try-Methyl Xtreme
marketed as containing steroids

Consider these fundamental points before you decide to take any supplement:

Do I need to think about my total diet?

A dietary supplement is intended to supplement the diet of some people, but not to replace the balance of the variety of foods essential to a healthy diet.

Should I check with my healthcare provider before using a supplement?

It is smart; supplements may not be risk-free under certain circumstances. Some supplements may interact with prescription and over-the-counter medicines and produce adverse effects, some of which could be life-threatening.

For example, If you combine Coumadin (a prescription medication), Aspirin (an OTC drug), Vitamin E (a vitamin supplement), Ginkgo Biloba (an herbal supplement) each of them thin the blood, and taking any of these products together may cause the potential for internal bleeding.

St. John’s Wort reduces the effectiveness of prescription drugs for heart diseases, depression, seizures, certain cancers, oral contraceptives, and HIV.

Some herbals, vitamins, and minerals that you are taking must be reported to your doctor before 2-3 weeks ahead before elective surgery or clinical procedures to avoid potentially dangerous supplement/drug interactions.

When you know an adverse event or reaction caused by the consumption of a Dietary Supplement, you must report it immediately to the manufacturer and the regulating agencies like the FDA or the USDA.


Use this link to report a problem