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Before taking any maqui berry products, safety warnings associated with using the product should be reviewed. Because it is not regulated like a prescription drug, maqui berry can be sold without any proof that it is safe or effective. If you have diabetes or any other severe medical condition, talk to your healthcare provider about potential risks that may apply to you.
An Overview of Safety Warnings With Maqui BerryAs a fruit, the maqui berry is assumed to be safe for most people. However, some people may be more likely to experience problems. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking maqui berry medicinally if you have:
- Any chronic or severe medical condition
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
You should also be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Maqui Berry Warnings and PrecautionsSome warnings and precautions to be aware of concerning the safety of maqui berry include the following:
- As dietary supplements or foods, maqui berry products are not as closely regulated as prescription or nonprescription drugs. They can be marketed without any proof that they are either safe or effective. Do not assume that just because a product is sold or advertised in the United States that it is automatically safe or effective. Make sure to look for maqui berry products from a reputable manufacturer.
- Although it is usually assumed that maqui berry is safe, since it is a fruit, it is important to understand that maqui has been studied very little in humans, far too little to know for sure if medicinal use of the fruit is safe.
- Some maqui berry products contain other ingredients, such as vitamins, nutrients, or other juices. Other warnings may apply, depending on the other ingredients.
- At least theoretically, the antioxidants in maqui berry may lower blood sugar levels. This is important for people with diabetes, as dangerously low blood sugar levels could result, especially in those taking medications. If you have diabetes, check with your healthcare provider before taking maqui berry.
- It is unknown if maqui is safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women (see Maqui Berry and Pregnancy and Maqui Berry and Breastfeeding).
- Maqui may theoretically interact with some medications (see Maqui Berry Drug Interactions).
- If you have a chronic or severe medical condition, it is always a good idea to check with your healthcare provider before taking any supplement.