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Vitamins May Be Dangerous? Check Labels for Harmful Ingredients!

Updated on August 4, 2010
Some vitamins/supplements may contain dangerous ingredients!
Some vitamins/supplements may contain dangerous ingredients!

Vitamins/Supplements: Dangerous Ingredients to Watch For!

Many vitamins and supplements are unsafe because they contain ingredients which may be harmful to our health.

Many of these vitamins/supplements are made in China and although the FDA has had offices there since 2008, they have inspected none of the factories.

Consumer Reports lists the ingredients that may be harmful to us in a recent publication.

These include: aconite, bitter orange, chaparral, colloidal silver, coltsfoot, comfrey, country mallow, germanium, greater celandine, kava, lobelia, and yohimbe.

These 12 herbs, etc. are known to cause liver/kidney damage, heart rhythm disorders and unhealthy blood pressure levels, the report stated.

Read the labels of vitamins/supplements before purchase!
Read the labels of vitamins/supplements before purchase!

Beware: The Word "Natural" When It Comes to Vitamins/Supplements!

According to Consumer Reports the word "natural" on the label of vitamins/supplements may be misleading! Therefore, you must check the labels for the 12 contaminants I've detailed in this Hub.

If you see that your vitamins/supplements contain any of these contaminants, do not purchase!

If you've recently purchased vitamins/supplements that contain these contaminants, call the company where you purchased them and demand a full refund! Speak with a supervisor and tell them to make note of why you're returning the vitamins/supplements! This is critical!

Make a list and check for the 12 contaminants before buying vitamins/supplements.
Make a list and check for the 12 contaminants before buying vitamins/supplements.

Madam Aphrodite Speaks™

I buy a ton of vitamins/supplements and I buy from reputable online and brick-and-mortar establishments, but no one can deny this report.

The solution is simple: Write down the list of the 12 contaminants and keep them in your wallet. When you buy a product online, check the label; all ingredients are listed. The same when shopping at a brick-and-mortar retail outlet. 

NOTE: If you find products that contain these contaminants, DO NOT BUY THE PRODUCT. And just as important, take the time to write an email to the company, detailing your findings. If I were you, I WOULD NOT BUY FROM THIS COMPANY AGAIN, AND WOULD TELL THEM SO. The pen is mightier than the sword and letters like these will require the industry to police itself! 

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      julie 6 years ago

      The only thing i have to say is that i dont want the fda to be in charge of vitiams and maybe make them into perscriptions.

      I take about 9 vitiams a day because i refuse to take perscription drugs because all of them have life threating side effects....

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      Madam Aphrodite 7 years ago from USA

      I agree with you! The FDA must NOT get control of this industry! It would cost the consumer dearly--in terms of the types of supplements you mention, for example, and in terms of the MILLIONS it will cost us when they try to turn the vitamins we take into PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS!

      This industry MUST police itself, which is why I tell my readers to contact the vitamin/supplement company where they purchased their vitamins, etc. IF they find them contaminated!

      Thank you for your insightful comment!

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      Tylerwoods 7 years ago

      This is nothing more than the FDA joining in with the Pharmaceutical companies. Do you now how much money they will lose if people get that omega fatty 3 can help depression or ADHD and that GABBA stops anxiety? They would lose billions.