Griffonia: side effects

Griffonia (Griffonia simplicifolia) is a plant native to central-western Africa belonging to the Leguminosae family.

Widely used in the ancient African tradition to heal wounds and against kidney disorders, today it is recognized as a remedy for depression, anxiety and insomnia. Let’s discover the characteristics and side effects of griffonia.

Griffonia: characteristics and properties

Griffonia is a large woody shrub with greenish flowers, gathered in inflorescences and black bean-like seeds (in fact, it is also called African bean).

Griffonia seeds contain 5-hydroxy-tryptophan (5-HTP), a precursor of serotonin, a neurotransmitter useful for regulating mood, sleep and appetite.

Griffonia is, therefore, a natural antidepressant, also useful for controlling nervous hunger and regulating the sleep-wake cycle.

Griffonia Side Effects

Griffonia can be taken regularly without causing particular side effects. In fact, there are few cases of people who, following the assumption of griffonia, present:

  • nausea, 
  • meteorism,
  • stomach ache,
  • redness of the skin. 

These side effects are mostly due to the body’s need to get used to this new substance, so they generally disappear within a few weeks.

In any case, it is always good to consult a doctor before using griffonia and to avoid it altogether in case of pregnancy and breastfeeding.

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