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What are some triphala side effects?

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Side effects of triphala come in the form of gastrointestinal issues such as upset stomach, gas or diarrhea, according to About.com. This supplement is not under the regulation of the Food and Drug Administration.

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Triphala, a popular supplement in ayurveda medicine, is made up of the medicinal plants amla, myrobalan and belleric myrobalan, explains About.com. As of 2015, scientific studies do not show many benefits of taking this supplement, but there are also not many risks of taking it aside from the possible gastrointestinal side effects. However, studies do show triphala may have benefits as an antioxidant and have the ability to boost the immune system.

Triphala studies on animals indicate that the supplement helps keep cholesterol under control, states About.com. In these mice studies, the triphala may halt the growth of cancer cells in the pancreas. Though people who follow ayurvedic medicine use triphala to clean toxins from the body, there are no studies that show this supplement acts as a weight loss supplement or detoxification medication. People also use triphala to stimulate the digestive system, improve gallbladder and liver function, ease inflammation and boost immunity. People who want to take this supplement should talk to a doctor before starting to ensure there are no possible interactions.

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