We are constantly bombarded with marketing messages from new supplements we should be taking to lose weight, have better immune systems, detox our bodies, improve our hair, skin, sexual performance and all manner of claims.
But sometimes, we rush ahead without looking at the potential problems we could stir up if we’re currently on medication or have any health problems. Point in case when I started taking a women’s supplement touted as ‘amazing’ and it interfered with my thyroid medication as the supplement contained iodine.
Just because something is touted as natural or beneficial, you must ALWAYS check that it’s suitable for you.
Yacon Syrup: Can anyone use it?
The beauty of yacon syrup, as is the beauty of sacha inchi (now available in an oil for dressings) and coconut oil, is that they are 100% natural derivatives of raw products. Yacon is a tuber vegetable used in cooking and medicines across South America, and the syrup is obtained by distilling and evaporating the juice.
So for that reason, it should be able to be used by anyone, and in fact only one documented case of asphyxia (allergic reaction) has ever been noted after one woman received a skin prick test.
Of course, if you ever experience any unwanted side effects, you should always stop taking any supplement or medication.
How much yacon syrup should I take?
The human studies have been conducted using 0.29 g and 0.14 g fructooligosaccharides per kg per day , and found that the lower amount was tolerated well but raising to a higher dose has caused problems with bloating and discomfort. On the Dr Oz show, his subjects took a teaspoon three times a day, which should equal around 15mg. I would advise starting with this amount and increasing slowly if you wish.
What about side effects?
The side effects noticed on the higher dosages were flatulence and bloating so “the recommended daily consumption of yacon syrup with no undesirable gastrointestinal effects is 0.14 g fructooligosaccharides/kg”, according to the seminal Gentra et al study on yacon and humans.
Are there any contraindications?
Like other natural products such as coconut oil, there are no interactions between yacon syrup existing medications that have been documented. The only problem I could foresee is if you consume too much and experience a laxative effect, it could lessen the effect of any medications you are taking. As with any supplement, natural or not, please ALWAYS stick to the recommended dosages.
Yacon Syrup: What to look for
There are many products out there, and very few with poor reviews. Just look on Amazon and you’ll see that there are over 200 products but on the first page of Amazon, there are just 190 reviews for the 16 products. So it’s in its infancy, but I’m delighted not to see our beloved Dr Oz’s name splashed all over them – as we all know, he doesn’t promote specific brands so know that if you’re looking at a version that says it’s Dr Oz approved or verified.
Yacon syrup is not cheap, retailing at around $25-30 for an 8oz bottle. This should be enough for 2 weeks if you’re taking a teaspoon before each meal. Don’t be tempted by cheap products that may compromise the quality, aim for:
- Pure yacon syrup with no additives or other ingredients
- A syrup rather than tablets (unless they’re filled gel cap
- Organic where possible
- Look for raw on the label
Good luck! If you have any story to tell regarding dosage or success stories, please feel free to share them below.