Is Enzyte Safe?
Warnings and precautions to be aware of concerning the safety of Enzyte include the following:
- Since dietary supplements (such as Enzyte) are not regulated closely by the FDA, it is a good idea to choose supplements only from manufacturers that are reliable and reputable. Supplements from disreputable manufactures may be contaminated with other drugs or dangerous substances (or may not even have any active ingredients at all). Four executives at Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals (the maker of Enzyte) have been convicted of fraud and conspiracy for various offenses related to Enzyte promotion and sales, including mail fraud, bank fraud, money laundering, and misbranding (labeling products in false or misleading ways).
- Enzyte contains bee pollen, which can cause severe allergic reactions in people allergic to pollen. L-arginine (another component of Enzyte) can worsen asthma and allergies.
- Some of the active ingredients in Enzyte may affect blood sugar control in people with diabetes. If you have diabetes, you may need to monitor your blood sugar more often, especially when starting or stopping Enzyte.
- The niacin in Enzyte may make gallbladder disease, gout, stomach ulcers, or low blood pressure (hypotension) worse. If you have any of these conditions, it is best to avoid taking Enzyte.
- Ginseng (one of the components of Enzyte) may have effects on the heart rhythm and blood pressure. It is not known if Enzyte is safe for people with heart problems.
- Some of the active ingredients in Enzyte may theoretically decrease the ability of blood platelets to stick together, decreasing the ability to form blood clots. This can be especially dangerous for people with a bleeding disorder. It could also be dangerous during a surgery or if you take medications that "thin" the blood.
- There have been reports that ginseng may cause insomnia and agitation in people with schizophrenia. In general, ginseng (and therefore Enzyte) should be avoided by people with schizophrenia.
- Two ingredients in Enzyte, ginseng and pycnogenol (pine bark), appear to stimulate the immune system, which could worsen autoimmune diseases or increase the risk of organ transplant rejection. If you have an autoimmune disorder or if you have had an organ transplant, check with your healthcare provider before taking Enzyte.
- Theoretically, Enzyte could aggravate a herpes infection (including genital herpes or cold sores), due to its L-arginine content.
- The octacosanol in Enzyte might worsen some of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. If you notice a worsening of Parkinson's symptoms after taking Enzyte, it is probably best to stop taking the supplement.
- Enzyte is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women (see Enzyte and Pregnancy and Enzyte and Breastfeeding).
- Enzyte can interact with a number of different medications (see Enzyte Drug Interactions).