Does Artichoke Leaf Extract Cause Side Effects?
Even though it is a "natural" product, artichoke leaf extract
may cause side effects, including potentially serious ones. Because it is a dietary supplement
, not a drug, artichoke leaf extract has not been extensively studied. However, small studies seem to suggest that most people tolerate the product well, experiencing little or no side effects.
Bothersome Artichoke Leaf Extract Side Effects
When artichoke leaf extract was studied in people with irritable bowel syndrome
(IBS), some people reported gas as a possible artichoke leaf extract side effect. However, this could easily be due to the IBS, not to the extract. If you notice excess gas after taking artichoke leaf extract, it is reasonable to assume that the supplement is causing this side effect.
Serious Artichoke Leaf Extract Side Effects
There are a few side effects with artichoke leaf extract that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider, as these might indicate that you should stop taking it. These include but are not limited to:
- Worsening of gallstones
- Signs of an allergic reaction, including an unexplained rash, hives, itching, unexplained swelling, wheezing, or difficulty breathing or swallowing.
People who are allergic to chrysanthemums, daisies, ragweed, or marigolds may also be allergic to artichoke leaf extract.