In the rush and chaos of daily life, it can often be difficult to find time to prepare nutritious, healthy meals. There are many supplements available that claim to make our bodies healthier and stronger and help us feel better. It can be tempting to add them to our daily routines. Since many supplements come from plants and herbs, they feel like healthy alternatives to traditional medications. But supplements may not always be beneficial to our bodies, and in some cases, they can cause harm. Here are 10 herbal supplements you may want to approach with caution.
10. Green Tea Extract
Green tea is very popular as a drink and as a supplement that is purported to lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar. Additionally, this antioxidant-rich extract may help with weight loss, prevention of disease, brain function, and skin health. Unfortunately, Jim McCants made headlines for the negative effects green tea extract had on his health. The green tea capsules he was consuming in an effort to take better care of himself left Jim requiring a liver transplant. While the amount of green tea in your cup of tea is not enough to cause harm, supplements may contain 10 times as much of the extract.
Kava, a member of the pepper family, is used to treat anxiety. This plant is native to the Pacific islands and has long been used there in medicine and in ceremonies for its calming effects. While there is evidence of kava’s anti-anxiety effects, the toll it takes on the liver has led to it being banned in several countries. In addition to liver damage, long-term exposure to the toxic effects of kava can lead to stomach irritation, kidney problems, shortness of breath, and hallucinations.