- What other names is Ackee known by?
- What is Ackee?
- How does Ackee work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Ackee.
Some people use ackee fruit to make medicine. It is used as a treatment for colds, fever, water retention (edema), and epilepsy.
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The unripe fruit of ackee is UNSAFE to eat, even if it has been cooked. Additionally, the water used to cook the unripe fruit can be poisonous. The unripe fruit contains poisonous chemicals that can harm the liver. The unripe fruit can also cause severely low blood sugar levels, convulsions, and death.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Children: It is UNSAFE to give unripe ackee fruit to children. Children are more sensitive to the toxic effects of ackee than adults. There isn't enough information to know whether the ripe fruit is safe for children to eat.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It is UNSAFE to eat unripe ackee fruit if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. There isn't enough information to know whether the ripe fruit is safe during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011