Supplement Ingredients You Definitely Should Avoid
As supplements gain increasing popularity be it to increase strength, size, cut fat, improve immunity or even recharge your brain, it is important to ensure you know what you are consuming.
Supplements are not regulated like food and drugs; therefore, it can open the floodgates to unscrupulous manufacturers who will load products with ingredients without much thought to the potential outcome.
Many people purely buy supplements based on the ‘look’ of the product, the brand name and the claims, many of which are untested, proven or have any scientific evidence to suggest these claims can be fulfilled.
In fact, many products even hide the exact quantities of the listed ingredients behind what is known as a proprietary blend, a proprietary blend effectively allows a manufacturer to mask how much of each ingredient is present, meaning the big hitting and popular ingredients can be included with trace amounts yet pulling in sales all the while the whole product can mainly consist of a filler or bulking agent. Not only will it not work, it is a huge waste of money.
However, in some cases a proprietary blend maybe a blessing. Sure, you’ll be out of pocket and disappointed but if the product is mostly rice powder it is at least harmless.
We at Testosterone Junkie read through each and every ingredient of the products we test and review, we wade through scientific studies and journals from reliable and scholarly studies – unlike the 2nd Gulf War we base our conclusions on real evidence and not Wikipedia or someone’s invalidated opinion based on nothing more than a hunch.
However, we have not reviewed every supplement on the market, yet. So, for you, it is a good idea to have a basic understanding of the potentially dangerous ingredients that are awash in many supplement products out there. Now, pretty much anything can be potentially dangerous in the wrong hands, you can drown yourself by drinking too much water for example and if you eat approximately 25lbs of chocolate it can be very toxic. However, any decent and well researched product will not include anything that has the potential to be harmful and it is these kind of brands or manufacturers who are in it for the long haul by offering a quality product and not just to make a quick buck on Amazon or eBay.
Many of these ingredients have differing names too, so it can be hard to always keep a track of them, so we have included the more obscure names as well to try and cover all bases, if you are ever in doubt just run a quick internet search.
A quick tip. If you run an ingredient through a search engine and the first page of results are merely websites exclaiming the virtues of the ingredient, it is highly likely that it will not be an effective. Most natural ingredients will have studies available either by universities or state run scientific resources or online libraries.
So let’s take a look at some of the ingredients that you should avoid:
Also known as: Aconiti tuber, aconitum, angustifolium, monkshood, radix aconti, wolfsbane
Reduces inflammation, joint pain, gout
But can cause, Nausea, vomiting, weakness, paralysis, breathing and heart problems and possibly even death
This can also be called Creosote bush, greasewood, larrea divaricata, larrea tridentata, larreastat
It is used for weight loss; improves inflammation; treats colds, infections, skin rashes, cancer
However, it can cause Kidney problems, liver damage, possibly death on the cards too.
You may find it called Coughwort, farfarae folium leaf, foalswort, tussilago farfara
It’s used to relieve cough, sore throat, laryngitis, bronchitis, asthma
Long term use could cause Liver damage, possible carcinogen
Further research will have it named Blackwort, bruisewort, slippery root, symphytum officinale
Another remedy for a cough, heavy menstrual periods, stomach problems, chest pain; treats cancer
Another potential cause of Liver damage, cancer, possibly death
Names include Teucrium chamaedrys, viscidum
Can reduce Weight; alleviates fever, arthritis, gout, stomach problems
But another that if harmful to the Liver, hepatitis, possibly death
You’d be correct if you know it as Celandine, chelidonium majus, chelidonii herba
Used because it Alleviates stomachache
But another that can cause Liver damage
Touted around as Ava pepper, kava kava, piper methysticum
But known to Reduce anxiety and improve insomnia
Liver damage is a concern, exacerbates Parkinson’s and depression, impairs driving, possibly death
Other names include Asthma weed, lobelia inflata, vomit wort, wild tobacco
Improves respiratory problems, aids smoking cessation
Has a nasty range of side effects such as Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, rapid heartbeat, confusion, seizures, hypothermia, coma, possibly death
This can also be found under Oxilofrine, p-hydroxyephedrine, oxyephedrine, 4-HMP
Used for Weight loss, increases energy, improves athletic performance
But unfortunately it Causes heart rate and rhythm abnormalities, cardiac arrest; particularly risky when taken with other stimulants
Research has led to it being known as Hedeoma pulegioides, mentha pulegium
Improves breathing problems, digestive disorders
Unwanted sides include Liver and kidney failure, nerve damage, convulsions, possibly death
Red Yeast Rice
Found under Monascus purpureus
Known to Lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, prevents heart disease
Kidney and muscle problems, liver problems, hair loss; can magnify effect of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, increasing the risk of side effects
Nmes available such as Beard moss, tree moss, usnea
Another Weight loss and pain relief agent
Liver injury seems to be high
Availble under the guises of Johimbi, pausinystalia yohimbe, yohimbine, corynanthe johimbi
It has and is used to Treat low libido and erectile dysfunction, depression, obesity
It Raises blood pressure; causes rapid heart rate, headaches, seizures, liver and kidney problems, heart problems, panic attacks, possible death
Yohimbe is also banned in Australia, Canada, Germany, Austria and New Zealand. All sage countries with concern for their people.