These days, with the prevalence of serious illness as well as medical advancements, we have access to a lot of medications and supplements. Some people manage chronic illnesses with prescription medications, and others intent on maintaining good health, may take supplements regularly. While taking the right supplements can be extremely beneficial to your health, there are other supplements that may actually put you at risk. Sometimes supplements include ingredients later realized to be harmful, or once that can become so with overuse. While this risk can be mitigated by abiding by all warning labels, you may still be at risk.
Part of the problem is that some supplement ingredients interact poorly with others, or with medications. On top of that, some ingredients do not contribute to health. In these cases, supplements are causing more harm than good, putting you in danger with minimal benefit. You may not think much of this if you haven’t experienced any adverse effects. Sometimes serious illnesses can lurk without any external symptoms. Other times, the symptoms of serious illnesses seem to be caused by other minor issues. Some supplements can cause organ damage or cancer, both of which may progress unnoticed and undiagnosed for years.
Known by many names, such as wolfsbane, aconitum, angustifolium, and monkshood, aconite is an herb, the roots of which are used in traditional medicines. Generally, it is purported to be a cure for various problems, such as nerve pain and damage, along with the joint pain and inflammation associated with gout. However, it is actually a very poisonous substance. In fact, it is a leading cause of poisoning in some parts of the world. Ingesting aconite can be fatal, but it can also cause weakness, shortness of breath, paralysis, nausea, and vomiting. Additionally, it can also lead to heart trouble.
Much like aconite, chaparral has many other names: these include creosote bush, greasewood, larrea divaricata, larrea tridentata, and larreastat. Unfortunately, also like aconite, chaparral has a number of potentially fatal effects on the human body. Specifically, it has been known to cause damage to the kidneys and the liver, organs that are critical for keeping harmful substances out of your blood. This comes as a stark contrast to the claims that have been made of chaparral being able to contribute to weight loss, and help remedy a range of problems, such as inflammation, colds, infections, skin rashes, and even cancer.