Test your nutrition IQ: Supplements to avoid
By Sam McManis
Nutritional supplements are a
Recently, the magazine consulted clinical research and case reports to come up with its list of "12 supplements you should avoid." Take our quiz based on the list.
1. Kava, a South American plant, has been used to treat anxiety. But it's been shown to cause liver damage. Which of these countries has not banned the use of kava?
2. Country mallow, used to treat allergies and bronchitis, and to promote weight loss, contains ephedrine, an amphetamine-like stimulant banned by the
a) heart attack
b) kidney failure
c) neurological disorders
3. Coltsfoot, a plant used to treat sore throats and asthma that has been shown to cause cancer and liver damage, goes by many other names. Which is not one of the pseudonyms?
a) ass's foot
b) foal's foot
c) nag's foot
4. Aconite, popular in
a) weight loss
c) joint pain
5. The bark of yohimbe, an evergreen tree found in
a) It's an aphrodisiac
b) It's a "natural" muscle builder
c) It's a hangover cure
ANSWERS: 1: b; 2: a; 3: c; 4: a; 5: c
Source: www.consumerreports.org/ health/natural-health/dietary-supplements/supplement- side-effects/index.htm
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