Marshmallow side effects

(Althaea officinalis L.)

What are marshmallow side effects?

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  • Dermatitis: Marshmallow fresh plant may cause dermatitis or irritation by direct contact with the skin.

  • Gastrointestinal side effects: this is a food with high fiber content. The fiber swells in the gut and multiply its size bei

  • Consuming marshmallow leaves can cause nausea, bloating, stomach pain, flatulence, bloating, constipation or diarrheng fermented by the bacterial flora.. To prevent intestinal blockage, it is important to combine fiber consumption with 1 or 2 glasses of water.

  • Allergy or skin rashes: some people may be allergic to this plant.

Pregnancy and lactation

The root of the plant is contraindicated in pregnancy and lactation because it contains betaine, an alkaloid with abortifacient properties.

There are no studies on the safety of marshmallow leaves, so it is recommended not to take this plant in these cases.

* More information: Plants and pregnancy.

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

19 March, 2019

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