Darasimi Bello, an Ilorin – based medical doctor, has cautioned against the intake of food supplements without consulting a doctor.
He told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Ilorin that even if the products are harmless they may not be ideal for certain medical conditions.
“Truly, these supplements are made of herbs, but some may not be safe, especially if you have certain medical conditions.
“The best thing is to talk with your doctor before taking any supplement because you cannot be so sure of yourself, ” Bello said.
“The common ginger that people take to ease nausea brought on by surgery, chemotheraphy, morning sickness, or arthritis should not be taken by someone that have gallstones or take blood thinners.
“This is because ginger can cause problems with blood clotting, abnormal heart rhythms, blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
“The same thing goes for garlic because it thins the blood, though it helps with high blood pressure, treats cold symptoms and lowers cholesterol, but it can increase your risk of bleeding if you take blood – thinning medications for heart problems, ” Bello said.
“Even the popular Aloe Vera that when rubbed on a burn or wound may help it to heal fast or feel better and some people also take it by mouth, can cause an abnormal heart rhythm.
“It may also lower your blood sugar levels if you have diabetes.
“So it is not enough to use supplements without knowing your health condition so that you won’t end up compounding problems for yourself “