Dietary Supplements Can Damage the Liver

773 Words Feb 3rd, 2018 3 Pages
It is reported that up to 40% of adults use at least one over-the-counter dietary supplement daily and most of these people do not ask or inform their doctors about taking these supplements. Herbal and nonherbal health supplements are popular because some people believe it is easier to take these than to buy and prepare healthy meals, especially when they are busy with work or if quality foods are not easily available. To others, taking specific food supplements is a means to increase immunity to certain diseases, support bodybuilding, or achieve weight loss. Some health care providers recommend taking dietary supplements to replace nutritional deficiencies but most experts advise consuming a healthy, balance diet that provides most of the nutrients one needs to maintain health.

Supplements that can Damage the Liver
Studies show that certain dietary supplements, especially vitamins, minerals and antioxidants have many health benefits, which includes prevention of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. However, experts warn that some herbal and dietary supplements have side effects, especially when taken in large doses or if they are taken for long periods. Research shows that almost 20% of all liver injuries recorded from 2003-2011 are associated with chronic intake of certain herbal and dietary supplements. The worst offenders are bodybuilding supplements, which was linked to 34%, and…
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