Sicilian sumac contraindications and toxicity

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When not to take sumac

sumac plant spice fruits
Sumac fruits are ground and used as spice.

Sumac (Rhus coriaria L.) is an aromatic plant for food use and with a tradition of use in medicine. Currently, its use as a spice is the most widespread.

Toxicity of sumac

It is a little studied plant, of which there are still no known cases of intoxication or intolerance.

Main contraindications  of sumac

  • Allergy: Sumac belongs to the botanical family of Anacardiaceae and, theoretically, can present a cross reaction with other plants of the same family. For this reason, people with allergies to cashew nuts or mango should be careful with the consumption of sumac.
  • Pregnancy: the use of remedies with this plant is discouraged due to the lack of studies on the safety of the plant.
  • Children: the use of remedies with this plant is discouraged due to the lack of studies on the safety of the plant.

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Elisenda Carballido
Written by Elisenda Carballido Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.

23 April, 2019

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