Friday, October 26, 2018

A potentially dangerous pill

I didn't know that some people taking a green tea supplement in capsule form have had severe liver damage from it:
While millions of people take green tea supplements safely, at least 80 cases of liver injury linked to green tea supplements have been reported around the world, ranging from lassitude and jaundice to cases requiring liver transplants. Those harmed after taking green tea pills have included teenagers, like 17-year-old Madeline Papineau from Ontario, Canada who developed liver and kidney injury, and an 81-year-old woman diagnosed with toxic acute hepatitis.
The article says the dangers are highest if they are taken as a dieting aid. 

1 comment:

John said...

Could be oxalate toxicity. Oxalate is a naturally occurring chemical in many plants and at high doses can be toxic even fatal. Tea is high in oxalates. Depends how much he drank.

Many supplements are of dubious quality so they should have had the product tested.