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What Are the Dangers of Herbalife?

By Contributing Writer ; Updated July 27, 2017

Herbalife was begun a by its founder mark Hughes in 1980. Hughes proclaimed that the company's mission was to improve the health of people all around the world. Many dieters rave about the weight loss success they achieve following the Herbalife plan. Others are not as enthusiastic about the product and claim harm from its use.

Caffeine Overload

Herbalife contains caffeine. Many who who take Herbalife supplements have claimed to feel restless and nervous along with experiencing the jitters and anxiety.


Herbalife products when analyzed were found to contain high levels of lead. The amounts found in Herbalife products were above what the laws allows and deemed toxic.


Herbalife producuts have been liked to hypertension which can lead to heart failure.

Unsubstantiated Claims

Herbalife's checkered past includes warnings from the FDA for false claims about their products.These artificial claims included benefits for treating many disease, getting rid of tumors, increased circulation, improving alertness and over improved health. Weight loss is major attraction.

Side Effects

Many users of Herbalife filed lawsuits and complaints about side effects they experienced when using Herbalife. Some even proclaimed that Herbalife harmed them. Headaches, constipation, diarrhea, feeling light headed, nausea, and stomach upsets are some reported side effects.

Questionable ingredients

Ephedra, a main ingredient in Herbalife has known to cause: psychosis, tremors, kidney stones, high blood pressure; sweats; rapid heart beats, damage to the heart and other organs. It has been linked to strokes, seizures and death.

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