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Ackee fruit (Blighia sapida) is found in West Africa, the Caribbean islands, southern Florida, and Central America. In fact, it is the national fruit of Jamaica.
Traditionally, it has been used to treat anemia, itchiness, epilepsy, edema, and constipation. It is also used to make fragrances, soaps, tattoo ink, and other cosmetics.
However, despite these potential benefits, fresh Ackee fruit must be used with care. When the fruit is unripe, it is considered toxic due to its hypoglycin A content and can lead to a condition called “Jamaican vomiting sickness.”
There is not enough research or information available to determine how the active constituents of Ackee fruit work.
Consult with your doctor or pharmacist if:
The regulations for an herbal supplement are less strict than the regulations for a drug. More studies are needed to determine its safety. The benefits of taking this herbal supplement must outweigh the risks before use. Consult with your herbalist or doctor for more information.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Because of its potential toxicity when unripened fruit is consumed, it would be best to avoid eating Ackee fruit during pregnancy. Supplements should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus, as determined by your doctor.
It is not known if the active compounds are excreted into breast milk. This supplement should be used while breastfeeding only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the child, as determined by your doctor.
When using ackee, it may cause these side effects, such as:
You may experience some, none, or other side effects not mentioned above. If you have any concerns about a side effect or it becomes bothersome, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and inform your doctor and pharmacist.
Avoid using other diuretics while taking this supplement, as it may cause excessive urination and eventually dehydration. Ackee fruit may also inhibit gluconeogenesis which can lead to low blood sugar or hypoglycemia, which may interact with medications for diabetes such as metformin and insulin.
Other foods are not known to interact with Ackee fruit. Because of the potential hepatotoxic effects of Ackee fruit, it is best to avoid drinking alcohol.
If you experience an adverse drug interaction, stop taking this drug and continue taking your other medication. Inform your doctor immediately to reevaluate your treatment plan. Your dose may need to be adjusted, substituted with another drug, or discontinue using the drug.
The information provided is not a substitute for professional medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult your doctor or pharmacist before using Ackee fruit.
The recommended dosage of this drug has not been established for treating any specific disease or condition. Consult with a doctor for the appropriate indication and dosage.
Ackee fruit is available as fresh produce and as a canned fruit product.
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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK431101/, Accessed Aug 24, 2020
Jamaican Ackee, http://wwwchem.uwimona.edu.jm/lectures/ackee.html, Accessed Aug 24, 2020
Blighia sapida, http://tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Blighia+sapida, Accessed Aug 24, 2020