LUPIN Overview Information
Lupin is a legume like soy, pea, and peanut. There is interest in using lupin as a food because it contains a high amount of protein and fiber.
Lupin has been used by mouth for high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
How does it work?
Lupin is a legume rich in fiber and protein. Specific ingredients in lupin are thought to lower cholesterol and lower blood sugar.
- High cholesterol. Early research shows that lupin protein and lupin fiber help to lower cholesterol. However, lupin seems to be no better than milk protein or casein protein for lowering cholesterol.
- Muscle breakdown. Early research shows that eating lupin in addition to getting electrical stimulation of the muscles and nerves can slow down the breakdown of muscle when compared with wearing a brace for 60 days. It is unclear if this effect is from the lupin or the electrical stimulation.
- Obesity. Early research shows that replacing part of the usual diet with lupin products does not help overweight or obese patients to lose weight.
- High blood pressure.
- Other conditions.
LUPIN Side Effects & Safety
When taken by mouth: Lupin is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when used for up to 4 weeks. The most common adverse effects are allergic reactions and stomach complaints. Bitter lupin that is improperly prepared is POSSIBLY UNSAFE. Bitter lupin contains bitter toxic ingredients (quinolizidine alkaloids) that can cause side effects such as dry mouth, blurry vision, low blood pressure, nausea, weakness, and seizures. These bitter ingredients must be removed before consuming bitter lupin. Australia, Great Britain, New Zealand, and France regulate the amount of the toxic ingredient that can be in any products containing lupin.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if lupin is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Children: Using bitter lupin by mouth is POSSIBLY UNSAFE in infants and children. Bitter lupin contains bitter toxic ingredients (quinolizidine alkaloids) that can cause side effects such as dry mouth, blurry vision, low blood pressure, nausea, weakness, and seizures. Children are more sensitive to these side effects than adults. These bitter ingredients must be removed before consuming bitter lupin. Australia, Great Britain, New Zealand, and France regulate the amount of the toxic ingredient that can be in any products containing lupin.
The appropriate dose of lupin 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 lupin. 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.