The FDA is telling consumers not to use Total Body Formula in Tropical Orange and Peach Nectar, or Total Body Mega Formula in the Orange/Tangerine flavor because the dietary supplement can cause adverse reactions such as hair loss, muscle cramps, diarrhea, joint pain and fatigue. The Total Body Formula products come in eight-ounce and 32-ounce plastic bottles and has been voluntarily recalled by Total Body Essential Nutrition.
The Florida Department of Health have received 23 reports of consumers who experienced adverse reactions 7 to 10 days after consuming this product. All the cases included hair loss, muscle cramps, diarrhea, and joint pain and fatigue. There have also been reports of consumers in Tennessee experiencing the same symptoms, they are currently being investigated by the Florida Department of Health and the FDA.
FDA laboratories are analyzing samples of the products to identify the cause of the reactions, including the possibility that the products contain excessive amounts of selenium, which is known to cause symptoms such as those described in the adverse events reported to the agency. Selenium, a trace mineral, is needed only in small amounts for good health.
If consumers still own these products, the FDA recommends that the Total Body Formula be discarded immediately and not consumed.