Man left with two weeks to live after weight-loss product

A WESTERN Australian man has told how he lost his liver after taking popular weight-loss products widely available in protein powders and supplements.

Matthew Whitby was two weeks from death and needed an emergency liver transplant after taking a protein powder containing green tea extract and a supplement with garcinia cambogia - a tropical fruit used in weight-loss supplements.

Green tea extract is a concentrated form of the popular tea and is favoured for its purported weight loss properties and anti-oxidant effects.

But in some susceptible individuals, doctors say it can cause liver failure even in moderate doses, and has been reportedly linked to dozens of cases of liver failure around the world.

There have also been cases of liver damage linked to garcinia cambogia.

Read more at ABC News Online



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