Plants can be beneficial but also harmful, that’s the Yin yang of nature itself. They are not all born equals and sometimes, the benefits don’t worth the risks. The severity of the threat often depends on preexisting conditions, the quantity of the ingredient taken and the length of the exposition to the substance.
So, natural or not, some plant extracts in your supplements don’t provide enough benefits to justify the potential risks associated with their side effects or their interaction with over-the-counter and prescription medications.
So, if you love yourself as much as I do, look closely at the label of your supplements
and if you find any of these ingredients listed, say bye-bye or offer them to your worst enemy.
Aconite (Also called angustifolium, monkshood, wolfsbane)
used for joint pain can induce vomiting, weakness, paralysis, breathing, heart problems and possibly death.
Chaparral (Also called Creosote bush, greasewood, larrea divaricata) promoted for Weight loss, colds, infections and skin rashes can trigger Kidney problems, liver damage and possibly death.
Coltsfoot (Also called Coughwort, farfarae folium leaf, foalswort) often used for cough, sore throat, bronchitis or asthma could lead to liver damage and is suspected to be a carcinogen.
Comfrey (Also called Blackwort, bruisewort, symphytum officinale) is mostly prescribed for cough, stomach problems and chest pain and has been known to cause liver damage, cancer and possibly death.
Germander (Also called Teucrium chamaedrys, viscidum) is advised for Weight loss, arthritis or stomach problems and can induce liver damage, hepatitis and possibly death.
Green Tea Extract Powder mostly used for Weight loss
has been linked to Dizziness, anemia, blood pressure, liver damage and possibly death.
Conclusion: don’t trust all plants, there are villains over there too!