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Ambrotose Side Effects

author image Susan Ferrandino
Susan Ferrandino began writing in 2005. She started writing health and nutrition articles online during the summer of 2010. Some of her articles focus on Omega 3 fatty acids and nutrition with pregnancy. She has been working in the health-care industry for over 10 years and is pursuing her Master of Science in women's health.
Ambrotose Side Effects
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Ambrotose is a nutritional supplement made from the gel of an aloe vera plant, ghatti gum of the guar plant and glucosamine. Aloe vera contains carbohydrates that the body needs every day as fuel to support the immune system. The ancient Egyptians believed ghatti gum had antioxidant effects. Antioxidants prevent and repair cell damage in the body. Glucosamine helps restore connective tissue and cartilage. Before taking any supplements, a health care provider should be consulted.

Laxative Effect

The gum ghatti ingredient in ambrotose may have a laxative effect if too much is taken. Mannatec, the manufacturer of Ambrotose, recommends taking one capsule, two times a day. If one were to exceed this, laxative effects may result. This could mean experiencing flatulence, increased bowel movements and possible diarrhea. These side effects could lead to dehydration. If experiencing this, a health care provider should be consulted.

Abdominal Cramps

A side effect of aloe vera, one of the ingredients in Ambrotose, is abdominal cramps though the reports have been minimal. If symptoms persist, stop taking the supplement and report this to your health care provider. Some people use aloe vera specifically as a laxative. This can lead to abdominal bloating and cramps. It is important not exceed the recommended daily intake of Ambrotose.

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Shellfish Allergy

Ambrotose contains glucosamine, which is made from chitin, the hard outer shells of shrimp, lobster and crabs. Shellfish allergies can be minor such as a small rash on the skin, hives or a runny nose. However, more severe side effects can be life-threatening. If you have a shellfish allergy, consult your doctor before taking this supplement.

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