December 23rd, 2013
10:29 AM ET

Your Diet Supplements Could be Ruining Your Liver

Startling new research released by the Drug-Induced Liver Injury Network reveals that your diet supplements could be making you sicker, not healthier like you had hoped.

According to the data, dietary supplements account for nearly 20% of drug related liver injuries that end up in hospitals.

Among the greatest offenders are bodybuilding supplements and green tea extract.

“We're seeing an increase in this very severe type of liver injury which can leaded to need for liver transplant or even death,” says Dr. Roshini Raj, an assistant professor of medicine at NYU Medical Center.

While these cases are relatively rare, they are not impossible, she stresses.

“I think what Americans need to realize, these dietary supplements—some of which have vitamins, body building supplements, diet pills that are not prescription—these are not regulated by the FDA.”

Dr. Raj explains that virtually anyone can create a substandard supplement and sell it, and it’s not easily distinguishable which supplements are safe if no one is testing them.

“The FDA only looks at these types of supplements if there had been adverse events already reported. And by the way, it’s up to the manufacturer to really report them.”

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  1. Anna

    Just to share with you I have been working on a strict diet of chicken, soup and juices and I am using these Raspberry Ketone tablets to increase my metabolism, check them out at or . The soup is really simple it is boiled vegetables and chicken strips, the chicken is boiled in water and I am drinking a lot of grape fruit juice. I am targeting a loss of 30 pounds in 2 months.

    January 28, 2014 at 3:14 am | Reply
  2. joe

    This is ridiculous is it not weird that we are in a health revolution, meaning that alot of people are using vitamins and mineral supplements more now than in the last 10 years combined. So why is cnn posting thinly based science studies if you can even call them studies on how bad vitamins are for you. This is the fourth one this year alone that I have seen. Now they are posting extremely rare side effects as a story. It's in the first Half of study. so rare they state it's not impossible. Drinking water can kill you too it's rare but not impossible. That can be said for anything we put in our bodies. Just another poorly reported study.

    December 30, 2013 at 7:01 am | Reply
  3. Tim Harmon

    Since Obama singed up for ACA How much will he be paying at his 400,000 salary

    December 24, 2013 at 9:39 am | Reply

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