Green tea powder extract and red yeast rice sound harmless enough, but a new report has flagged these and 13 other “all-natural” ingredients found in common supplements as potentially serious health risks.
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It’s not news that supplements can be shifty and often don’t live up to their health-boosting claims. Sometimes, they’re not even what they say they are. But now, a panel of independent doctors and researchers is saying you may be swallowing a lot more than just hype—especially if you have other health complications or are taking prescription medications that could cause an interaction.
Because supplements are sold over the counter and billed as “natural,” many people who take them don’t think to check with a doctor or pharmacist first. And you might be surprised to hear that supplements are not regulated as strictly as other meds by the Food and Drug Administration.
The bottom line: These OTC concoctions simply aren’t worth the risk. If you’re absolutely hung up on trying a supplement, do some research and talk to your healthcare provider first.
Source: Why You Need to Stay Far, Far Away from ‘Natural’ Supplements