Millions of people take dietary supplements to get stronger bones, smoother skin, or glossier hair.
But pill-poppers beware: some of these capsules could have a devastating impact on your health. And yet, they do not need FDA approval.
In particular, there are 15 herbal products that you should avoid, according to a new study by Consumer Reports. An independent panel of doctors analyzed the products to assess their safety levels. It depends on your well-being, any existing medical conditions, how much you take, and how long you were exposed to it.
The dangers include liver damage, nausea, heart problems, inflammation, or even death. From vitamins and probiotics to weight-loss and anti-anxiety boosters, these are the most dangerous products on the list.
A plant that comes in root form. People consume it orally. It can also be taken as a sugar pill developed by a homeopath.
WHAT IT'S MEANT TO DO: Reduces inflammation, joint pain, gout
DANGERS: Nausea, vomiting, weakness, paralysis, breathing and heart problems, possibly death