Beetroot Juice Side Effects
Beetroot, known for centuries as a folk medicine, is slowly being recognized by the medical field as an effective treatment for hypertension. It is also known to boost stamina. However, like many medications, this could have adverse effects in some people.
- The most common side effect for drinking beetroot juice is termed beeturia. This causes urine and stool to look red. Now, this could be alarming to those who experience it. In truth, beeturia is completely harmless and, no, it wasn’t blood on the stool or urine. The red coloration is actually due to oxalic acid and betalain pigments in the beet. Still, this side effect is often seen only in those who drink several ounces of beetroot or to those who had just begun the beetroot juice regimen.
- There are also people who might experience allergies after drinking beetroot juice. Symptoms could include:
- Hives and rashes,
- Constrictions in the throat area,
- Difficulty in breathing,
- Itchiness or stinging sensation,
- Other allergy symptoms.
- If allergies occur, stop taking the medication and seek help from a medical professional immediately.
- Another side effect is difficulty in speaking and other problems with the vocal cords.
- In patients with pre-existing medical conditions, beetroot juice should only be taken if approved by a physician.
This is especially true for those who:
- have kidney stones,
- were operated from kidney stones,
- have kidney problems, and
- have gall bladder problems
- Beetroot juice isn’t really considered as dangerous as very few complications have been observed. Most of the beet root complications aren’t severe, too. Still, it is particularly dangerous to those with pre-existing medical conditions. So, make sure that these patients do not drink beetroot juice.
- It is also unknown if the juice is useful or harmful to pregnant or lactating women. It is best to keep this medication from pregnant and lactating women.