5 Dangerous Herbs and Supplements That Can Kill

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Most people think that if something is natural it is automatically good for you and this is not necessarily the case. Most of the time though, it’s not so much what you take as it is how much. Many of the herbal remedies out there can help you live a cleaner and healthier life.

There are plenty of “natural” supplements and minerals that could kill you if you aren’t careful, that’s why I cannot stress enough that people need to read the bottles and follow directions and even go so far as to talk to their doctor about which would be best for them and their particular issues.

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Here are 5 herbs and supplements that you should be careful when taking:

1. St. John’s Wort

This has been a popular herb for a long time now. Many people take it to relieve depression, but it happens to be one of the more dangerous natural remedies. This is definitely one to talk to your doctor about before you start taking it because of how it interacts with other medications you may be taking. This drug interaction can cause serious side effects and even increase or decrease the potency of any prescriptions you may be taking.

The Mayo Clinic recommends that people who are already taking any of the following should avoid St. John’s wort supplements:

* antidepressants
* anti-blood-clotting drugs
* certain asthma drugs
* immune-suppressing medications
* steroids

2. Kava Kava

This one of the sedative herbs, and on top of helping you fall asleep faster some claim it can boost your mood as well. Unfortunately, it turns out that kava has been linked with serious liver problems. Even people who took it for only a short time have developed liver problems according to the Mayo Clinic.

If you are taking the following drugs definitely steer clear of kava:

* medication to lower cholesterol

3. Fish Oil Capsules

Heart healthy fats are something the vast majority of us don’t get enough of and taking fish oil capsules is an excellent idea, it’s important to know just how much you should should be taking each.

Too much isn’t going to kill you or anything but it can have a blood thinning affect. for example, those who do take large doses can find they bleed a bit more if they get a cut.

There’s no reason to take more than 5 grams – or 5,000 milligrams – of fish oil per day.

4. Artemisinin

Whoa! This one sounds like a dangerous herb to start taking. Last week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (which btw is put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) talked about a man who developed hepatitis due to taking the herb artemisinin for his stomach problems.

They found no other reason for him to have developed hepatitis and once he stopped taking the herb the disease disappeared. This is certainly one of those herbal supplements to speak to your doctor about before you start taking it.

5. Herbs and supplements before surgery

Dr. David Rowe, a notable plastic surgeon, was performing an operation on a patient when he noticed an unusual amount of bleeding.

“The tissue was just oozing, and we couldn’t figure out why,” he remembered, noting that the patient had told him he wasn’t taking any supplements. “After the surgery I asked the patient, ‘Are you sure you’re not taking anything?’ and he said, ‘Oh, yes, I’m taking this, this and this.’ ”

In the Aesthetic Surgery Journal there are a number of herbs and supplements that yous hold not take within two weeks of your surgery, no matter what kind of operation you are going in for.

Some of these herbs you need to avoid are common ones like:

* Garlic
* Ginseng
* Echinacea

Different herbs do different things to the body that can affect the way your surgery goes. Like some will lead to excessive bleeding while others affect the heart and some interfere with anesthesia or other drugs you may have to take.

It’s absolutely VITAL that you make your surgeon aware of any and all natural remedies you have been taking, even if you haven’t taken it for a couple of weeks. Multiple studies have shown that upwards of 60 to 70 percent of patients don’t have this conversation with their doctors and surgeons.


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    this is an eye opener…but how could i prevent things from getting worse when some of my love ones are already into supplements like this believing it is what their body needs?i wish i had read your article sooner..

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