Health Canada warns against African supplements

January 31, 2006 in Nutrition Topics in the News, Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements

Health Canada warns against African supplements

Health Canada has issued a warning about two Nigerian herbal products, M2 Formula and Energy 2000, which are believed to contain toxic herbal ingredients.

This warning comes after the UK pulled the products from their shelves after suspicion they contain Strophanthus sarmentosus or Aristolochia. These compounds can cause serious heart related problems, cancer, kidney failure and changes in human cells.

While these products have not been identified as being on the Canadian market, officials are worried that some people may have obtained them from overseas or from the internet.

M2 Formula was marketed in the UK as fighting against general infection, stomach disorders, fever and coughs, and Energy 2000 as a libido booster and for the treatment of hemorrhoids.

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