Risks and side effects of dietary supplements – cancer

Dietary supplements have risks and side effects for cancer patients.

These supplements may interfere with cancer healing or cause problems:

  • Vitamin C:

This antioxidant can decrease the effectiveness of chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

  • Turmeric:

This root reduces or augments the effects of chemotherapy — and the amplification may be toxic.

  • Acidophilus:

This probiotic can encourage infection when taken during chemotherapy.

  • Fish Oil:

Fish oil may provoke bleeding. It may also slow down chemotherapy.

  • Ginger Root:

Ginger can also cause bleeding.

  • Grapefruit:

Grapefruit blocks an enzyme in the intestine that aids metabolize some mesothelioma chemotherapy drugs, like vincristine and paclitaxel.

Risks and side effects of taking dietary supplements may include:

  • Exposure to supplements contaminated with toxic chemicals
  • Limited efficiency of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and other anti-cancer drugs
  • Amplified efficacy of chemotherapy till toxicity
  • Amplified skin sensitivity, which may damage radiation therapy patients
  • Liver harm from some herbs like kava root and comfrey
  • Overdosing vitamins A can result in headaches, limited bone strength, liver injury and birth imperfections.
  • Excess iron can cause nausea and vomiting and could harm the liver and other organs.
  • Vitamin K interferes with the blood thinner warfarin (Coumadin).

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