7 Food Supplements That Are Bad for You


When you are serious about dramatically improving your physical health, it can be extremely tempting to turn to food supplements.

Some of these products promise that they will help you to shed pounds of excess fat, others swear that they will strengthen your immune system, and yet more are advertised as being able to combat diseases like cancer.

However, the sad truth is that many supplements fail to deliver on the claims made in advertisements, and it turns out that some are downright bad for you.

Here are seven of the most dangerous and counterproductive food supplements found on the market.

#1 Aconite

Aconite is a plant, the root of which is sometimes marketed as being a beneficial supplement for people who suffer from chronic joint pain, want to treat wounds or are struggling with unhealthy levels of inflammation in the body.

In Chinese medicine, aconite has been used to treat heart failure and heart disease. However, while there are chemicals in aconite root that have the potential to improve circulatory function in some individuals, it is also poisonous.

In particular, it is capable of causing a whole host of deeply alarming side effects. The mildest of these include nausea, vomiting, weakened muscles, gastric pain, blurred vision, diarrhea and sweating.

More extreme results of aconite ingestion include depressed respiratory system function, nerve damage, acute dizziness, arrhythmia (i.e. abnormal heart rhythms), blackouts, decreased heart function, coma, and death.

Further, aconite may be particularly dangerous to diabetic patients, as there is some evidence that it can lower blood sugar.

Using aconite is unadvisable in all circumstances; it is dangerous both in supplement form and when turned into a lotion that can be applied to treat skin conditions. Your doctor will be able to advise much safer and more effective treatments for any joint pain. 


  1. spookiewon

    December 6, 2013 at 2:28 am

    Yeah, death is my least favorite side effect.

  2. dk504

    March 6, 2014 at 1:02 am

    “….comfrey is a particularly sinister food supplement that can still be obtained in some stores in spite of the FDA’s recommendation that it be banned….”

    Comfrey is something that has been used for thousands of years. Of course the FDA wants to ban anything the pharmaceuticals want to get their hands on and control. Just like they wanted the FDA to control vitamin C a few years back. F the FDA, they are on the side of the pharmaceuticals.

    • ItsbadforU

      May 24, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      What is 1000 years of research and study compared to 166 years of political BS? If the FDA says it’s bad for you, run the other way! After-all, Everything kills your liver except for Thistles. But even the Bible says that thistles are bad for you! It’s a conspiracy to keep you sick! 😛

  3. Indomitus

    April 30, 2014 at 9:26 am

    I tried chaparral tea a number of years ago and it made me violently ill. To this day I cannot abide even the smell of it.

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