Marketed by the company HairBurst, the food supplement Chewable Hair Vitamins® comes in the form of flavored chewing gums, and is used for hair vitality. Besides gelatin, it contains various vitamins (C, B5, B6, B8, B12, E, A) and is particularly aimed at people who have difficulty swallowing conventional capsules.
Unfortunately, this product would not be without risks. As part of its nutrivigilance system, the National Health Security Agency (ANSES) thus reports having received in 2019 two reports of acute hepatitis threatening life, and likely to be linked to the consumption of this dietary supplement. “The two women, 29 and 36, had to be hospitalized and one of them needed an emergency liver transplant. Both were taking oral contraceptives”, Specifies ANSES in its current affairs update.
According to ANSES, the responsibility of the food supplement in the occurrence of these two hepatitis is “very likely”. The Agency unveils several hypotheses explaining this phenomenon: it could be a complex effect of the combination of the many ingredients of the product (at least 20), a interaction with other substances, especially those contained in oral contraceptives, or the addition of a substance fraudulently.
Immediately, ANSES therefore recommends that women taking an oral contraceptive not to consume the food supplement Chewable Hair Vitamins®.
The Agency recalls that consumers of food supplements are advised to follow the manufacturer’s instructions, in particular in terms of dosage, to avoid multiple and prolonged doses without medical advice, and to report any undesirable effects to a health professional. occurring following the consumption of a food supplement.
ANSES further recommends great vigilance in purchasing products sold in non-traditional channels (internet, gyms, beauty shops, etc.) and without individual advice from a health professional.