9 Major Side Effects of Eating Too Many Caraway Seeds

Caraway seeds are the seeds of the caraway plant. Carway plant is the biennial plant of the Apiaceae family, and are known by various names such as meridian fennel, and Persian cumin, etc. Caraway seeds are native to Western Asia, Europe, and North America, but are now cultivated in many regions of the world.  They contain essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and dietary fibers, etc and provide various health and beauty benefits. However, there are also some side effects of eating too many caraway seeds.

Side Effects of Eating Too Many Caraway Seeds

Some major side effects of eating too many caraway seeds are as follows.

caraway seeds side effects

(1) May Cause Heartburn

Caraway seeds are often used for treating indigestion, and flatulence.

However, excessive intake of caraway seeds should be avoided as they may cause stomach discomfort, intestinal gas, and heartburn.

(2) May Cause Belching

Because of their carminative properties, caraway seeds are often used for treating indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, and abdominal pain, etc.

However, in excessive quantities, carway seeds may cause belching or burping as it forces  the expulsion of excess gas from our stomach and digestive tract through the mouth. These burps have characteristic sound and bad odour. 

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(3) Increased Risk of Liver And Kidney Damage

Carway seed oil provide many health benefits when consumed in medicinal amount and for a short period. However, prolonged use of carway seed oil or over-consumption may increase risk of kidney and liver damage. It can also alleviate muscle spasms.

(4) Eating Caraway Seeds During Pregnancy

Because of their abortifacient properties, carway seeds may increase risk of premature labor, and trigger aborption.

When consumed in excess, dieatary fibers in carway seeds may cause stomach discomfort, abdominal pain, flatulence, and diarrhea during pregancy.

To ensure safety, first consult with your doctor before eating carway seeds during pregancy.

Nursing mothers should also follow the same precaution, and consult their doctor.

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(5) Not So Good For Digestive Health

Dietary fibers in carway seeds improve our bowel movement and provide relief from constipation, and other digestive problems like abdominal pain, gas, bloating, and flatuelence, etc.

However, when caraway seeds are consumed in excess, too much fiber may cause malabsorption, irritable bowel syndrome, intestinal gas, intestinal blockage, abdominal cramp, etc.

To avoid this risk, eat caraway seeds moderately.

(6) Caraway Seeds And High Blood Pressure

Hypertension is a common health problem that affect millions around the world and is a leading cause of several cardiovascular problems.

Caraway seeds help in regulating high blood pressure as they contain potassium, a natural vasodilator that relaxes our blood vessels, and improve blood circulation.

However, excessive intake of caraway seeds should be avoided as otherwise, they may drop blood pressure below the normal range and cause dizziness, fainting, nausea, dehydration, poor concentration, blurred vision, and pale skin, etc.

And, if you take blood pressure medication, consume caraway seeds after consulting with your doctor to ensure that there is no food-drug intolerance risk.

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(7) Caraway Seeds And Diabetes

With a low glycemic index of 15, caraway seeds aids in managing diabetes as it slow down the release of sugar into the bloodstream and prevents a sudden spike in blood sugar levels.

They contain dietary fibers that reduces the absorption of sugar by the bloodstream, and regulates blood sugar levels.

But, in excessive quantities carway seeds may drop blood sugar level below the normal range and may cause excessive hunger, excessive sweating, fast heartbeat, confusion, moodiness, or irritability.

Eat caraway seeds in moderation to avoid such scenario, and if you are on diabetic medication, eat caraway seeds only after consulting with your doctor to ensure there is no risk of food-drug intolerance.

(8) May Cause Allergic Reaction In Some Individuals

Avoid caraway seeds if you are allergic to them.

Individuals who are allergic to sesame seeds or sunflower seeds are likely to be allergic to caraway seeds.

Some of the allergic reactions that may arise are skin hives or rash, difficulty in breathing, itchiness of skin, chest or throat tightness, etc.

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(9) Too Many Antioxidants Are Bad

At moderate levels, antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin A, etc in the caraway seeds protects our cells from free radical damage, and minimizes risk of various cancers.

However, in excessive quantities, antioxidants may also react with the healthy cells and increase risk of cancers.

As per a 2011 study, vitamin E overdose may increase the prostate cancer risk by 17 percent.

As per a study by the National Cancer Institute, smokers who took beta-carotene supplements were more likely to develop lung cancer compared to those who didn’t.

As per Office of dietary supplements, vitamin E overdose may increase the risk of hemorrhagic stroke.

Eat caraway seeds in moderation.

If you take any antioxidant supplement, consult with your doctor before making caraway seeds a part of your routine.


This article provides general information about the topic and is not be taken as medical advice or as an alternative to medical advice, treatment, and/or diagnosis. Always consult with your doctor before trying out any of the remedies/recipes suggested in the blog post.

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