Can dietary supplements cause hepatitis and liver failure? Yes, some of them can. In episode 20 of Joe Cannon Health podcast, you'll see the evidence linking 4 supplements to liver failure and hepatitis. Sometimes the injury required a liver transplant. In some instances, people have died. These are not obscure supplements. You can buy them locally and online. It's possible you may be taking these right now. See SupplementClarity.com for hundreds of honest reviews on many dietary ingredients and products.
Podcast Episode Summary
- Myth of the week: Can sodium raise testosterone levels?
- What does the liver do? What are its functions?
- Liver failure signs and symptoms
- Garcinia cambogia and liver failure
- Green tea and liver problems
- Can niacin harm the liver
- Can niacin help you cheat/pass a drug test
- Kava and liver failure
- Liver problems from red yeast rice supplements
- Associations among dehydration, testosterone and stress hormones in terms of body weight loss before competition.
- Effect of hydration state on testosterone and cortisol responses to training-intensity exercise in collegiate runners.
- Dangerous dietary supplements: Garcinia cambogia-associated hepatic failure requiring transplantation
- Safety of green tea extracts: a systematic review by the US Pharmacopeia.
- LiverTox: Green Tea
- LiverTox: Niacin
- Acute liver failure secondary to niacin toxicity.
- Beating the urine drug test – a case report on niacin toxicity
- Hepatitis induced by Kava (Piper methysticum rhizoma).
- Acute liver failure after administration of herbal tranquilizer kava-kava (Piper methysticum).
- Fatal fulminant hepatic failure induced by a natural therapy containing kava.
- LiverTox: Kava Kava
- [Red yeast rice as the presumed cause of acute kidney and liver failure].
- Supplements linked to liver failure (supplement Clarity site)
Quote of the week: Audrey Hepburn
Thanks for the review. I bought this green tea extract a while ago (manufactured in 2016). https://www.swansonvitamins.com/swanson-premium-green-tea-liquid-extract-alcohol-sugar-free-1-fl-oz-29-6-ml-liquid
I’ve been using it off and on in juices and smoothies at half the recommended dose (1 dropperful instead of 2). The supplement label does not list ECGC, but there are other green tea supplements on the Swanson website that do.
It might be okay to continue taking but based on your review, I’d probably be better off tossing what is left. It’s not like it cost me a lot.
Judy, Thanks so much! About that supplement, I’m not sure how long extracts are shelf-stable so that might be something to consider. If you’ve been using it on and off and have not seen any issues then it may be ok. As I think I said in the podcast I like to get green tea at the supermarket and toss the contents into a blender. I think that might be less money than supplements.