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    Default The Food SupplementThat Ruined My Liver

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    October 18 2018

    Jim McCants took green tea capsules in a drive to get healthy in middle age. His doctors now say they left him needing an urgent liver transplant, writes the BBC's Tristan Quinn.
    It should have been one of the happiest days of his life. But Jim McCants looks back on his youngest son's high school graduation with mixed emotions. As he sat down next to his wife Cathleen in the university auditorium, just outside Dallas, Texas, she turned to look at him.

    "She said 'Do you feel OK?'" Jim recalls. "I said, 'Yeah I feel fine, why?' 'Your face is yellow, your eyes are yellow, you look terrible.' When I looked in the mirror it was shocking."

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    Default Re: The Food SupplementThat Ruined My Liver

    ..when taken as supplements catechin doses at or above 800mg per day "may pose health concerns".
    This sounds like the old "if one is good, more is better" fallacy. I drink a cup of green tea a day... and one of chai, and one of gunpowder, or ginger, or some other herbal tea. One. I can't see that vitacost or any other reliable online supplier should be held accountable when the cause of the man's liver failure hasn't even been ascertained with certainty.
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    Default Re: The Food SupplementThat Ruined My Liver

    We have no idea of the dose he took - I think most are 400mgs. The article says over 800mg can be dangerous.

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    Default Re: The Food SupplementThat Ruined My Liver

    For years, warnings have been raised about "concentrated" green tea supplements, popular for weight loss. In 2017, Consumer Reports listed green tea supplements as 1 of 15 supplements to avoid. My herb/pharma interaction chart states that any green tea supplement beyond 600 mg./day is contraindicated. The main ingredient in green tea, EGCG, interacts with statins, warfarin, etc. at high levels. Although the man in story states he was not taking any prescription meds, he did not mention over-the-counter meds. OTC meds, like Tylenol, Nyquil, Dayquil, etc. all contain acetaminophen, a known liver toxin. Large amounts of EGCG in green tea combined with any of these OTC products could have caused his problem. Also, taking large amounts of EGCG with NSAIDs, like aspirin, ibuprofen, etc. can also have deleterious effects on the liver.

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    Excellent, useful information, Mr. Wiz.
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