Supplement side effects: Surprising effects of popular natural supplements

By: Health Local Staff Aug 06, 2012
Supplement side effects

Here are some must-know facts about 6 commonly used supplements.

We tend to think that supplements are always going to be safe and free of side effects because they’re all-natural and seen as a natural alternative to drugs and medications, but this way of thinking could prove dangerous. Supplements can cause side effects in some users and this goes for many of the popular supplements that millions of people take on a regular basis. To help you understand what you could be dealing with when considering a supplement, here are some must-know facts about 6 commonly used supplements.

Supplements derived from ginseng root have become increasingly popular over the last decade with more and more of us working longer days and feeling like we need an energy boost. What many don’t realize is that ginseng increases our energy by causing the release of adrenal hormone to give us this energy which can also cause heart palpitations and rapid heartbeat along with high blood pressure. This should be used with caution, especially if you suffer from heart problems or have a personal or family history of high blood pressure and heart issues.

Gingko Biloba
Taken to help improve memory and often found in supplements geared at enhancing sexual performance; gingko biloba is one of the most popular and commonly used supplements on the market today. Effective as some may find it, the supplement comes with its fair share of side effects, including headaches, gastrointestinal issues, and an increased risk of bleeding because of its blood thinning properties. Extra caution is required when taking this supplement for those taking blood thinners or who already suffer from bleeding disorders. It’s also not recommended for use before surgery or procedures that might cause bleeding.

This is a popular supplement used by bodybuilders and fitness buffs to help build lean muscle and repair muscles after exercise. Found in gyms and health food stores, creatine is often recommended by personal trainers to help improve performance and enhance the effects of workouts. While many people take it without any issues, creatine does have a fairly long list of possible side effects that you need to be aware of, some of which include: gastrointestinal upset, headaches, anxiety, breathing problems and even kidney problems.

Acai Berry
This wonder fruit has resulted in a mass of supplements on the market for those looking to get in on the many alleged benefits of this fruit. From antioxidant properties to the ability to help you lose weight; acai is all the rage right now. Like any other supplement, this one is not without some potential side effects when taken by some people. Some have reported mild diarrhea as a side effect of acai berry, though those that should be most cautious when considering this supplement are those who have a pollen allergy or sensitivity to similar fruits.

Important Information to Remember
Speak to your doctor before starting any supplement if you have any known medical conditions or are taking any medication to avoid possible interactions or dangerous effects.

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