Chokeberries are the delicious fruit berries of deciduous chokeberries’ shrub and belong to the Rosaceae family. They are native to America and are mainly found in wet woods and swamps. Chokeberries provide many health and beauty benefits as they contain several essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and dietary fibers, etc. However, eat chokeberries moderately, as there are some side effects of eating too many chokeberries.
Side Effects of Eating Too Many Chokeberries
Following are the major side effects of eating too many chokeberries.
(1) Too Much Dietary Fiber Is Bad For Stomach
Chokeberries are good for the digestive system as dietary fibers in them are natural laxatives that improve bowel movement, and relieve constipation, and other gastrointestinal problems like abdominal pain, gas, bloating, and flatulence, etc.
However, too much dietary fiber may over-stimulate the bowel movement and may lead to diarrhea, constipation, and other digestive problems such as malabsorption, indigestion, intestinal gas, intestinal bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, and abdominal pain, etc.
To avoid this risk, eat chokeberries in moderation.
(2) Antioxidants Overload
Vitamin C, vitamin A and other relevant antioxidantal compounds in chokeberries protect our cells from free radical damage and reduces the risk of various cancer(s).
Free radicals are unstabilized ions that stabilize by stealing electrons from neighboring molecules, and doing so causes oxidative damage to them.
At moderate levels, antioxidants react with the free radicals in our body, but in large doses, they may react with the healthy cells, and increase the risk of cancers.
As per a 2011 study involving 35,000 men, high levels of vitamin E may increase prostate cancer risk by 17 percent.
According to a study by the National Cancer Institute, smokers who took high doses of beta-carotene supplements were at higher risk of developing lung cancer in comparison to smokers who didn’t.
As per a study by the Office of dietary supplements, high doses of vitamin E increase the risk of hemorrhagic stroke.
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(3) May Cause Allergic Reactions
In some individuals, eating chokeberries may cause constipation, diarrhea, and dryness of the mouth, etc.
If you are allergic to other berries, you may be allergic to chokeberries. Avoid chokeberries if you are allergic to them.
(4) Chokeberries And High Blood Pressure
Hypertension is a silent killer that affects millions around the world and is a leading cause of several cardiovascular problems.
Chokeberries helps in regulating high blood pressure as it contains potassium, a natural vasodilator that relaxes blood vessels and improves blood circulation.
Eat chokeberries in moderation as otherwise, too much potassium may drop blood pressure below the normal level causing symptoms such as fainting, nausea, dizziness, trouble breathing, irregular heartbeat, dehydration, poor concentration, pale skin, and blurred vision, etc.
If you are taking blood pressure medication, consult with your doctor before adding chokeberries to your diet to avoid food-drug intolerance risk.
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(5) Chokeberries And Regulating Blood Sugar
Because of their low glycemic index, chokeberries helps in managing diabetes as it slows down the release of sugar into the bloodstream and prevents a sudden spike in blood sugar level.
Dietary fibers in chokeberries decrease absorption of sugar by the bloodstream and help in regulating blood sugar levels.
Despite this benefit, eat chokeberries in moderation as otherwise, they may drop blood sugar levels below the normal range giving rise to symptoms like excessive sweating, excessive hunger, dizziness, fast heartbeat, irritability, moodiness, and confusion, etc.
If you are on diabetic medication, add chokeberries to your routine after consulting with your doctor to ensure there’s no food-drug intolerance.
(6) Eating Chokeberries During Pregnancy And Nursing
Chokeberries are loaded with essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, polyphenols, and dietary fibers, etc.
These compounds play an important role in maintaining a healthy pregnancy.
Antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin A protect the fetus from free radical damage.
Folic acid in chokeberries aids the brain development of the fetus and reduces the risk of neural tube defects like spina bifida.
Chokeberries lowers blood sugar and are beneficial against gestational diabetes.
However, pregnancy is a crucial stage, and it is important to exercise caution.
Consult with your doctor before eating chokeberries during pregnancy and the nursing stage to ensure there’s no complication involved, and there’s no food-drug intolerance.
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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Bharat Sharma is a Delhi-based writer who loves reading and writing research-based topics revolving around health, fitness, and nutrition. His love for writing started during his teenage and continues till date. After his graduation, he worked for GE Money, and IBM, but later found his true love i.e. blogging.