December 28, 2013

Bodybuilders & Weight Losers

1 Diet Supplements Linked to Liver Damage

The proportion of drug-related liver damage caused by unregulated dietary supplements has soared from 7 percent of such injuries in 2002 to 20 percent today. The chief offenders are supplements spiked with powerful prescription drugs, and green tea extract in potentially toxic concentrations. The two main classes of victims are young males who take bodybuilding supplements often laced with steroids, and middle-aged women who use supplements such as tea extract and herbal products to boost energy or as "fat burners" to lose weight. Herbal supplements tend to cause the most damage, with 15 percent of victims requiring liver transplants, but patients often recover when they abandon the supplements and get medical treatment. Vitamins and minerals are not linked to liver damage.

More at Nytimes.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Is Your Supplement Safe?

Tags: Causes of Liver Damage, Dietary Supplements, Herbal Supplements, Tea Extract, Supplements and Liver Damage, Herbs and Liver Damage

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