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The Truth About Nutrition Supplements

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8 Ingredients to Avoid

Consumers Union, a consumer advocacy group, warns that the most dangerous supplements on the market can cause serious problems. Steer clear of:

  • Aristolochic Acid: Used in some alternative preparations to promote menstruation and immunity, it's a potent carcinogen and may cause kidney failure.
  • Bitter Orange: Often used as an ephedra substitute, bitter orange is also a stimulant that can raise blood pressure and may increase the risk of heart trouble, especially when mixed with caffeine.
  • Chaparral: Touted as a skin tonic, it may cause liver damage.
  • Comfrey: Supposedly useful for ailments ranging from breathing problems to stomach trouble, it reportedly causes liver damage.
  • Germander: Used to heal sores and help digestion, it may cause liver damage.
  • Kava: A natural sedative, kava, if improperly processed, may cause liver damage.
  • Lobelia: Taken for breathing disorders like asthma and bronchitis, it can cause rapid heartbeat, low blood pressure, and dizziness.
  • Scullcap: Used to calm anxiety and promote sleep, it may damage the liver.

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mauth06 wrote:

dthoma03, do you work for Shaklee? It sounds like you're a little biased. I've never heard of that company or their supplements, but I do know that the govermental regulations in this article or inaccurate. I stick with the facts.

11/9/2009 03:16:25 PM Report Abuse
dthoma03 wrote:

In the 2007 Landmark Study conducted in collaboration with researchers from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, Dr Gladys Block found people who took Shaklee supplements had markedly better health than those who took a mulitvitamin or no supplements at all. Yoru authors should really do their homework before rendering an opinion. Facts are facts and they did not present them.

11/4/2009 11:35:46 AM Report Abuse
dthoma03 wrote:

Shaklee has over 100 scientific papers 90+ published in peer reviewed journals that support the effectiveness of the Shaklee products. Shaklee has invested over 250 million dollars in clinical testing, research,& development.

11/4/2009 11:35:32 AM Report Abuse
dthoma03 wrote:

Shaklee products have no parabens, triclosan, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES), 1,4-dioxane or propylene glycol. There are no banned substances, no dyes, no trans fats & no artificial sweetners or flavors. There is no animal testing. The packaging is safe & free of toxins bisphenol-A, phthalates & toxic links. (see further comment)

11/4/2009 11:33:55 AM Report Abuse
dthoma03 wrote:

This article is grossly inaccurate. Shaklee corporation conducts over 350 tests on every single new ingredient for heavy metals, pesticides, or any of hundreds of other harmful contaminants. They conduct over 80,000 quality tests annually to guarantee the purity & safety of each & every product. (see further comment)

11/4/2009 11:33:07 AM Report Abuse

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