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CAPERS

Other Names:

Alcaparras, Cabra, Caper Bush, Capparis rupestris, Capparis spinosa, Cappero, Câprier, Câprier Épineux, Câpre, Câpres, Fabagelle, Himsra.

CAPERS Overview
CAPERS Uses
CAPERS Side Effects
CAPERS Interactions
CAPERS Dosing
CAPERS Overview Information

The caper is a plant. The unopened flower bud and other parts that grow above the ground are used for medicine.

People use capers for diabetes, fungal infections, chest congestion, worms in the intestines, and a skin disease caused by parasites called leishmaniasis. Capers are also used as a tonic.

Some people apply capers directly to the skin for dry skin and other skin disorders and for improving blood flow near the skin’s surface.

Capers are also eaten as a food and used as a flavoring.

How does it work?

Capers contain chemicals that might help control blood sugar. Capers might also have antioxidant activity.

CAPERS Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Diabetes.
  • Fungal infections.
  • Chest congestion.
  • Intestinal worms.
  • A skin disease caused by parasites (leishmaniasis).
  • Skin disorders, when applied directly.
  • Improving blood flow near the skin’s surface, when applied directly.
  • Dry skin, when applied directly.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of capers for these uses.


CAPERS Side Effects & Safety

Capers are safe for most people when eaten as a food. There isn’t enough information available to know if capers are safe in medicinal doses. Capers can cause skin rash and irritation.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Capers are safe when eaten as food, but there’s not enough information to know if they are safe in the larger amounts that are used as medicine. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, stick with food amounts until more is known.

Diabetes: There is some concern that capers might alter blood sugar control in people with diabetes. Monitor you blood sugar closely if you have diabetes and use capers.

Surgery: Capers might affect blood sugar levels. There is some concern that capers might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop using capers at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

CAPERS Interactions What is this?

Moderate Interaction Be cautious with this combination

  • Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with CAPERS

    Capers might decrease blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking capers along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.
    Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.


CAPERS Dosing

The appropriate dose of capers for use as treatment depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for capers. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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