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Does black currant have side effects?

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The GLA in black currant seeds can sometimes cause side effects, such as:

But most people tend to have few problems with GLA. Allergy is a rare complication.

  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas and belching

From: Black Currant WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Black Currant."

Lyall, K. , July 2009. American Journal of Physiology

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Rheumatoid Arthritis and Complementary Health Approaches."

Cochrane Summaries: "Herbal therapy for rheumatoid arthritis."

Linus Pauling Institute: "Essential Fatty Acids."

Natural Standard: "Black currant (Ribes nigrum)."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 30, 2019

SOURCES:

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Black Currant."

Lyall, K. , July 2009. American Journal of Physiology

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Rheumatoid Arthritis and Complementary Health Approaches."

Cochrane Summaries: "Herbal therapy for rheumatoid arthritis."

Linus Pauling Institute: "Essential Fatty Acids."

Natural Standard: "Black currant (Ribes nigrum)."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 30, 2019

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