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NETHERLANDS - AUTHORITIES WARN FOR USE OF BLACK COHOSH-SUPPLEMENTS

Netherlands

Jul 30, 2020

The Dutch Food Safety Authority advises against the consumption of food supplements containing black cohosh (Actaea racemose L.) for a number of sensitive groups, including pregnant and lactating women, children, patients with liver conditions or hormone-induced cancer patients.

Black cohosh supplements are popular for the treatment of menopausal symptoms, menstrual complaints and to induce contractions. An independent body advising the Dutch Food Safety Authority NVWA considered that 40 mg per day could generally be considered as a safe dose for the general population. However for the indicated risk groups insufficient is available data to establish a safe dose. The advisory body also adds that the exact composition of black cohosh-extracts is not well-known, which may lead to unwillingly excessive intakes or presence of other toxicological compounds.

The risk of excessive intakes of black cohosh include chest or stomach pains, diarrhoea, nausea, bleedings or liver conditions.

NVWA: voedingssupplementen met zilverkaars zijn ongeschikt voor risicogroepen (10 July 2020) - link

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