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7 Supplements Guys should be Wary Of

Creative advertising agencies try their best to tout supplements as miracle cures, but sometimes their claims are phony. Take a look at the men's health supplements that may put you against serious health risks.

Men's Health By Himanshu Sharma / Oct 31, 2014

Supplements That Don't Work

Creative advertising agencies try their best to tout supplements as miracle cures, but sometimes their claims are phony. Here are some supplements for men that don't live up to the hype and sometimes, put you against health risks. (image courtest: Getty)


Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that is responsible for converting beta-carotene into vitamin A, a nutrient that protects cells from damage. Beta-carotene supplements aren’t that effective in shielding cells from damage, but are blamed for increasing the risk of lung cancer. Carrots, sweet potatoes and cantaloupe are excellent natural sources of beta-carotene. (image courtest: Getty)


Selenium is a trace mineral with antioxidant properties that protect cells from damage. Over the years, studies have evaluated benefits of selenium supplements. It has been established that the supplement may increase the risk of skin and prostate cancer risk in men. The natural and safe sources of selenium are breads, grains, meat, poultry and fish. (image courtest: Getty)

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is found abundantly in nuts, seeds and vegetable oils. Men should be wary of vitamin E supplements. Touted to reduce cancer risk, studies do not have any conclusive evidence of the same. The Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT) noted an increased risk of the disease in men who consumed selenium and vitamin E. (image courtest: Getty)

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)

This is a steroid hormone that the body makes and converts into sex hormones. It is touted for libido- and testosterone-boosting effects, but there is no scientific evidence to back the claim. DHEA supplements are also blamed to suppress your body's normal production of DHEA. (image courtest: Getty)

Goat Weed

Goat weed is not FDA-regulated, but the supplement is known to increase blood flow in the penis so as to improve sexual pursuit. Health experts warn men against its use because of the risk of allergic reactions to unidentified ingredients and contamination with dangerous substances. (image courtest: Getty)


The extract from the bark of yohimbe is marketed as a cure for erectile dysfunction. Studies have only found the supplement to increase blood flow but there is no conclusive evidence to support it having improved the sex life of men struggling with erectile dysfunction. The supplement has been associated with side-effects such as elevated blood pressure, increased heart rate, dizziness, flushing, nausea and headache. (image courtest: Getty)

Tribulus Terrestris and Tongkat Ali

Tribulus terrestris and Tongkat ali are flowering plants that are known to boost testosterone. Not much of the research can provide libido-boosting benefits of the plants. (image courtest: Getty)


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