Side Effects Of Rhubarb

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May. 13, 2011

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Gastrointestinal Disorder

Stomach cramps and intestinal pain are commonly associated with eating rhubarb. These negative effects become more common if the plant is eaten in large quantity. Many a times, if rhubarb is improperly cooked, it can even cause diarrhea.


Kidney Failure

Rhubarb is known for oxalic acid content which gets deposited in the form of kidney stones. So, one should remain cautious as excessive consumption may trouble you with kidney disorders. Furthermore, a person already suffering from kidney stones should avoid eating it as it may cause kidney failure.


How Does Rhubarb Affects If Taken For Long Term

Consumption of rhubarb occasionally has very rare side effects but it becomes hazardous on long term use. An individual may suffer from following side effects on long term consumption of this herbaceous plant.

Muscular weakness

Bone loss

Potassium loss

Irregular heart rhythm


When Should A Person Avoid Taking Rhubarb?

In certain situations, the plant has been found to trigger the pre-existing diseases. So, it is suggested that an individual should avoid the intake of rhubarb if he is suffering from any of the following health problems.



Bowel obstruction

Crohn's disease

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)


If you ever come across any of the abovementioned side effects of rhubarb, immediately seek medical attention before it acquires a severe form.


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