An Illinois woman is suing dietary supplement maker and multilevel marketer Herbalife, alleging the company’s products caused her permanent liver damage, according to Law360.
Trinidad Rodriguez-Quiroz claims she consumed multiple Herbalife International of America Inc.’s products over six years. Never once was she warned by the company that the ingredients could build up to toxic levels in her system causing so much damage to her liver that she will need a liver transplant, she claims.
Instead, the company touted its products as safe and part of a healthy lifestyle. Rodriguez-Quiroz claims she used the supplements religiously and according to Herbalife’s usage guidelines. “The products were not healthy or safe, and not safe or healthy when used in the manner Herbalife recommended,” her lawsuit claims.
Rodriguez-Quiroz says she consumed more than 30 different Herbalife products, including vitamin supplements, protein shakes and bars, and herbal teas, from 2010 to 2016. During that time, she claims to have followed all the usage guidelines, which encouraged daily use of the Herbalife line of products.
In 2015, Rodriguez-Quiroz was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis and began drug treatment in September. She alleges she did not respond to treatment until two months later, when she stopped consuming Herbalife products.
Rodriguez-Quiroz says that only after she became ill did she learn that the ingredients in the Herbalife products could be toxic at large doses. For example, polyphenols found in green tea extract can damage the liver, her lawsuit states, adding that multiple studies on the company’s products have revealed that Rodriguez-Quiroz isn’t the only one who has claimed to have suffered severe toxicity as a result of consuming Herbalife products.
Rodriguez-Quiroz’s health did improve but she says she suffers chronic pain and fatigue that prevent her from working, and will require a liver transplant in the future.