What Is Oregon Grape? Uses and Side Effects

What Is Oregon Grape?

Uses and Side Effects

Oregon grape is a common plant in the winegrowing regions of California, Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. It grows from coast to coast in temperate climates. The fruit contains a high concentration of alcohol (12 percent) which makes it popular with winemakers because it provides a higher yield than other grapes. However, its high alcohol content means that it may cause some health problems if consumed regularly or over long periods of time.

The main side effects are:

Headache

Nausea and vomiting

Diarrhea and stomach pain when eaten in large amounts (over 5 cups per day)

How Does Oregon Grape Affect Your Body?

When ingested, the alcohol in Oregon grape causes changes in your body. Alcohol is absorbed into your blood and metabolized in the liver. It can cause an increase in acetaldehyde, which is a toxic byproduct of alcohol created during the process of metabolization. Acetaldehyde irritates your stomach and upper intestine, and causes nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Alcohol also interferes with the absorption and metabolism of other drugs in your body. For this reason, if you take Oregon grape along with other drugs, they may not work as intended.

Sources & references used in this article:

Oregon Grape by AP Portal, LE Kimball-Ravari, M Albritton – wkendocrinespecialists.com

Oregon Grape by FJ Kinder, G Phillips, L Runnels, AM Hirsch, A Bunton… – whc-shreveport.com

Health Information Oregon Grape by L Olenina, IP Patel, AP Portal – pierremontendocrine.com

Common Name: Oregon-Grape| Scientific Name: Mahonia Aquifolium by BTP Files – doctorschar.com