Researchers found that one in five cases of liver damage caused by a chemical derived from herbal and dietary supplements. A decade ago, only 1 in 10 cases of liver damage caused by the consumption of supplements, the researchers report in the journal Hepatology.
Now, half of adult Americans are known to consume supplements that contain ingredients such as vitamins, minerals, and protein to improve diet to improve athletic performance, the study found.
Overall, liver damage due to the consumption of one type of supplement is extremely rare. However, if overused, or used in conjunction with other supplements, or used for a very long time, or in combination with conventional drugs, supplements can be harmful.
Symptoms of liver complications generally takes several months or years to develop, and patients often do not notice until the case becomes severe. When the damage began to occur, the patient may initially often feel fatigue, itching, nausea, until then experienced jaundice, bleeding, and mental confusion. Consumers have free access to supplements, often with the promise of manufacturers to improve the health and appearance. It is very tempting because a person does not need to involve a trained health care providers and cost-effective.
Complications of supplements often not detected, because consumers do not consult a doctor while using the product. Therefore, there is no monitoring of side effects. However, not all supplements are bad. For example, many people may need supplements to address nutritional issues associated with the disease or drugs.
However, it should be understood, should not be affected in a supplement that gives excessive promises. There is no magic in a bottle of supplements. Supplements cannot build muscle by itself, could not make weight down instantly, let alone cure cancer.