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Why would we tell you to avoid natural supplements when we sell them ourselves?
Because some are dangerous. And there’s no doubt about it. In our store, you won’t find any that pose serious health risks.
But as you investigate various ones, here’s some you want to stay from at all costs:
While Kava can be effective at healing anxiety, it also causes liver damage. The FDA actually issued a warning about it way back in 1993. You can still buy it here in the United States.
But it’s banned in Germany, Canada, and Switzerland. It’s probably a good idea to avoid it. You may also see it called awa, piper methysticum, or just “Kava.”
Aconite is used to relieve inflammation, joint pain, pain from wounds, and gout (an acute form of arthritis that causes intense joint pain – usually in your big toe).
While it is effective in relieving these symptoms, it also causes nausea, vomiting, low blood pressure, and most startlingly – heart rhythm disorders. It may also play a role in causing paralysis and death.
You may also hear aconite called “aconite tuber, aconitum,” and “radix aconite.” Avoid this supplement.
This one’s most commonly used to improve sexual desire and relieve erectile dysfunction. It’s also been used to reduce the effects of diabetes and depression.
But it can cause much worse problems than it solves. For example, it’s been linked to high blood pressure, rapid heart rate, other heart problems, and even death.
It actually contains yohimbine, which is sold as a prescription drug. The FDA warned about yohimbe in 1993.
Germanium has been used to relieve pain, infections, arthritis, heart disease, and even HIV. But it can lead to kidney damage and death. Like several other supplements mentioned already, the FDA warned of these problems as early as 1993.
Comfrey has been used to help with coughing, heavy menstrual periods, chest pain, and even cancer. However, it’s also been linked to liver damage and even what it’s supposed to help with – cancer.
The FDA didn’t issue a warning against comfrey. Instead, they told manufacturers they had to pull it from the market entirely in 2001.
Whether you buy natural supplements domestically or from a company in another country, you should avoid these supplements. The benefits may be played up to sound real good – but they come with serious, and even life-threatening risks.