Resistant Starch Side Effects

dietary supplements

What are the side effects of resistant starch?  What effects on the body can one expect with resistant starch?

When you use resistant starch as a supplement, you need to be aware of the potential side effects.  Just like anything else you put in your body, it will have noticeable effects.  At first, some of those effects may be bothersome.

Gas, bloating and other GI disturbances

There will be gas, flatulence is probably the most common side effect.  It only makes sense as the Resistant Starch (RS) is food for your beneficial bacteria and as they digest this food source there can be methane production.  The gas does tend to improve quickly and can be reduced by taking the RS with just water and waiting a few hours before eating.

Low blood sugar

This is why diabetics need to coordinate the RS supplementation with their health care provider.  If you are using RS for blood sugar control, you’ve got to keep a close eye on your blood glucose levels.  Medications that control blood sugar will most likely need to be reduced or low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) could occur.

Other potential side effects

This is food, potatoes have been a part of the human diet for a long time.  Most people should have no issues, however, should skin rash, shortness of breath or any other troubling symptoms occur – stop supplementing and contact your healthcare provider.

Also, those with known intestinal problems should use cautiously.  Conditions like SIBO or even diverticulitis would probably benefit greatly from RS, but if used improperly it could also worsen these conditions.  Work with your GI doctor if you plan on supplementing.

I am very excited about using RS as a supplement.  We know that much of the immune function occurs in the GI tract and anything we can do to ensure the health of the gut flora should help improve the health of the body, but there is still much to learn about RS.

Remember to always discuss with your healthcare provider before making any changes in diet and lifestyle.

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