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5 dangerous supplements

When you buy a supplement at the store, you expect it to be safe. You may purchase a supplement for weight loss, muscle gain, reducing pain or treating colds. However, many supplements contain unapproved and hazardous ingredients.

Some of the pills you take may cause serious medical problems, including death. Here is a list of some of the most dangerous supplements.

1. Aconite

The root of the aconite plant has medicinal purposes, according to supplement companies. They claim it treats inflammation, joint pain and gout. But some of the harmful side effects include low blood pressure, heart rhythm disorders, nausea and vomiting. There are also instances of death and respiratory system paralysis. 

2. Coltsfoot

Coltsfooot is a plant, and people use the leaf to create medicine. People use coltsfoot for cough, bronchitis, asthma, laryngitis and sore throat. But there are serious safety concerns: medical professionals link it to liver cancer. Coltsfoot goes by many other names in supplements, such as farfarae folium, coughwort and foalswort.

3. Bitter orange

People use the flower, leaf, peel and fruit of the bitter orange tree to make medicine. Supplement companies typically market it for weight loss, nasal congestion and allergies. But there are incidents of bitter orange relating to stroke, heart problems, fainting and death. 

4. Lobelia

The above-ground parts of the lobelia plant are supposed to have medicinal qualities, such as treatment of cough and bronchitis. Side effects of lobelia include low blood pressure, fast heartbeat, comas and death. Lobelia also goes by vomit wort, pokeweed and asthma weed.

5. Yohimbe

Yohimbe is a tree in Africa. People use the bark to create medicine. People take this herbal remedy for erectile dysfunction, diabetes, chest pain and depression. It can cause rapid heart rate, high blood pressure and death. There is actually a prescription drug called yohimbine that utilizes compounds from the yohimbe tree.

It may be unsafe for you to take these supplements without medical supervision.

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