2. Red Yeast Rice
Red yeast rice is used to lower cholesterol and lipids. According to the National Institutes of Health, some red yeast rice products contain monacolins. Monacolin K is similar to lovastatin, a cholesterol-lowering drug. As such, similar side effects are seen with red yeast rice. These include muscle pain and weakness, kidney damage, and liver toxicity. Additionally, citrinin is sometimes formed during the culturing of red yeast rice. This substance can cause kidney failure. Symptoms of kidney failure are decreased urination, swelling in the lower extremities, shortness of breath, confusion, and chest pain.
Chaparral is used for stomach ailments such as intestinal cramping and gas. In addition, it can be used for colds, infections, skin rash, and weight loss. Used topically, chaparral can cause skin rash and itching. Chaparral has been linked to stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, and fever. Serious side effects include hepatitis, kidney failure, and liver failure.