‘Male enhancement’ herbals contain undisclosed, possibly dangerous, ingredients

Herbal remedies contain undisclosed ingredients that may be hazardous to your health. It’s just another piece is a long line of evidence that shows that dietary supplements are NOT often what they say they are and consumers should be aware of what they are or AREN’T getting in terms of government oversight.

FDA: ‘Male enhancement’ products deliver more than you bargained for – Vitals.

Three “male enhancement” products being sold online say they’re all herbal, but they contain hidden prescription drug ingredients and could be dangerous, the Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday.

The three contain compounds similar to the active ingredients in the erectile dysfunction drugs Viagra and Cialis, the FDA said. They can cause serious problems in men being treated for heart disease and should not be taken without a doctor’s supervision.

The names of the three products — “Rock-It Man”, “Libido Sexual Enhancer” and “Stiff Days” — leave little doubt what they are supposed to be used for. But while they are marketed as alternatives to the prescription drugs to be used without the guidance of a doctor, they are in fact virtual copies, without any oversight to ensure they are safe.

Face it, dietary supplements are not regulated well. Some people assume that because these products are for sale they have gone through some sort of determination for effectiveness and safety. Not so.

Want to know how the lax regulations for dietary supplements are the way they are? Check out this explanation:

Science-Based Medicine » At Your Own Risk.

In 2011, Americans spent some $30 billion on dietary supplements. Yet, except for the industry itself and a few politicians and “health freedom” advocates, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone (who’s given it some thought) of the opinion that dietary supplement regulation is adequate. Three recent reports, two from the government and one from a newspaper, demonstrate why this near-universal conclusion is warranted.

Here is the FDA page on tainted products.

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  5 comments for “‘Male enhancement’ herbals contain undisclosed, possibly dangerous, ingredients

  1. Chris Howard
    March 21, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    I have also heard of TCM herbalists crushing up Viagra, and the like, and putting it in their prescriptions for erectile dysfunction, as well as penis enlargement.

    I don’t have any documentation, so grain of salt, but it does sound very feasible.

  2. Phil
    March 21, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    There’s almost never such a thing as a dietary supplement. The very name supplement indicates something lacking in the diet. Seeing as how westerners tend to be the best fed and most obese people in the world, one would think most people would need the opposite of a dietary supplement.

  3. March 22, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    I was in Smoothie King four years ago right after Hydroxycut was taken off the market. The guy who was telling me about the supplements said, “The FDA needs to keep out of this business. They don’t know anything.” That’s scary.

    In other words, “I have no idea what’s in these products I sell, but no government agency should snoop around”.

  4. Brian
    April 12, 2013 at 6:14 AM

    I see these ‘male enhancement’ packages all over the place down here. With no other way to say it- are there that many dysfunctional males running around? I am willing to bet it’s from all the illegal drugs and drinking leading up to their ‘little problem’- but I also see just as many energy drink bottles and packets, too. If you could see the sheer amount, about 2/3 of the population here could just plain collapse one day.

  5. Brian
    April 12, 2013 at 6:24 AM

    @Phil:

    Just because people look ‘well fed’ does not mean they actually are- they are just full of empty calories and fat. “well fed” means height weight proportionate (for the most part), and leading a healthy, active lifestyle. You have to really spend to get fed well. Or, you can spend less, and just get fat- because the ‘food’ that is cheap, is just that- Cheap. Little to no nutritional value. That is IF one buys only the ready made stuff in a box or can, and doesnt try to find a farmer’s market somewhere. I also know people who put out money for ‘healthy’ food, and are worn down to a nub, because it just is not doing the trick. Yeah. Confusing.

    Suffice to say- there are those of us who do try to be ‘healthy’….

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