Skip the catchy title and take a look at the list of supplements that are risky, unsafe, or untested in humans with some potential nasty side effects.
These supplements have been linked to dozens adverse health events reported to the FDA such as increased blood pressure, racing heart, liver damage, stroke, seizure and death. During 2014, the agency issued seven recalls and more than 30 public notifications about these products. It also maintains an online list of tainted weight-loss products.
“Sorry, this dude’s not Preferred.”
“But he’s a good friend, healthy, works out all the time>”
“Does he pump iron?”
“Does he take any supplements?”
“I don’t know, why?”
“Because his liver enzymes are abnormal and if he’s taking anything tell him to stop.”
“Do you think…”
“I’m not a doctor.”
Researchers analyzed registry data from some 800 patients with liver injury either from medications excluding acetaminophen or herbal and dietary supplements. In the first 2 years of the registry, 7% of cases were due to herbal and dietary supplements, a proportion that increased to 20% a decade later. Hepatotoxicity from non-bodybuilding-related supplements required liver transplantation more often than injury from conventional drugs 13% vs. 3%; there were no cases of liver transplantation associated with bodybuilding supplements.
ISSUE: The FDA is advising consumers to immediately stop using a product called Mass Destruction, marketed as a dietary supplement for muscle growth. The product is labeled to contain at least one synthetic anabolic steroid and has been linked to at least one reported serious illness.
BACKGROUND: The FDA was alerted by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services of a serious injury associated with use of Mass Destruction. The report described a previously healthy 28-year-old male with liver failure requiring transplant after several weeks of product use. Mass Destruction is manufactured for Blunt Force Nutrition in Sims, N.C. and sold in retail stores, fitness gyms, and on the Internet. An investigation is underway to identify the product’s manufacturer.
Finally a product that lives up to its name.
Furthermore, data presented in early November at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases meeting found that liver failure caused by herbal supplements, especially those used in bodybuilding, increased almost three-fold from 2004 through 2012.