Three cases of liver toxicity with a dietary supplement intended to stop hair loss

Rev Esp Enferm Dig. 2014 Dec;106(8):552-5.


Liver toxicity associated with herbal remedies and dietary supplements is an increasing concern. Several toxic hepatitis cases have been reported in the literature in association with products intended for weight loss where green tea extracts are an ingredient.Three hepatotoxicity cases are reported below in association with the use of Inneov masa capilar®, a dietary supplement intended to stop hair loss whose primary component is green tea catechins. In all of them, other potential causes of acute hepatitis were ruled out.We highlight the importance of awareness regarding these substances at history taking in order to identify and report hepatic adverse reactions secondary to apparently safe herbs as described in the present manuscript.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Chemical and Drug Induced Liver Injury / pathology*
  • Dietary Supplements / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Hair Diseases / complications*
  • Hair Diseases / pathology
  • Hair Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Liver / pathology
  • Liver Function Tests
  • Middle Aged
  • Plant Preparations / adverse effects*
  • Tea / adverse effects*


  • Plant Preparations
  • Tea