Report: Many dietary supplements are dangerous

August 4th, 2010 - 8:17 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

danger Washington DC, Aug 4 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Researchers in the United States have identified certain substances in food supplement medication that has the potential to cause serious health implications including cancer.

The Consumer Reports magazine published the findings in its Tuesday edition.

But the agency that is responsible for making sure dangerous drugs are not put on the United States market, the FDA has been aware of the risk of those medications but they are unable to regulate the medications because they do not have the power to do so. The FDA is not mandated to regulate food supplements. The FDA has known most of these issues since 1993.

According to the researchers, some of the most dangerous drugs that remain on the shelves as at now are Bitter Orange, Aconite, Colloidal Silver, Chaparral, Comfrey, Coltsfoot, Germanium, Greater Celadine, Kava, Yohimbe, Lobelia and Country Mallow.

But the FDA has been able to ban one dangerous supplement as at now. The FDA banned the product ephedrine alkaloids and the agency says they have identified some component in some food supplements that should not be sold mostly due to the fact that drug manufacturers do not need to prove to the FDA that their drug works or that it is safe. The police do not inspect most of the facilities that produce these supplements.

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