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Marshmallow is believed to be entirely safe. It is approved for use in foods, and its chemical makeup does not suggest any but benign effects. 1 However, detailed safety studies have not been performed. One study suggests that marshmallow can slightly lower blood sugar levels. 2 For this reason, people with diabetes should use caution when taking marshmallow. Safety in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease has not been established.
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- Tomoda M, Shimizu N, Oshima Y, Takahashi M, Murakami M, Hikino H. Hypoglycemic activity of twenty plant mucilages and three modified products. Planta Med. 53(1):8-12.