Phytoceramides are being marketed as wonder compounds following recent media coverage. They are derived from sphingolipids, and are found in the cell membrane of the cells in our body. Phytoceramides applied topically and taken orally both provide more ‘ground material’ to be incorporated into skin cells. This helps prevent water loss, helps protect them from degradation, boosts cell health and longevity, and helps prevent the visible effects of aging, from showing on the skin.
Phytoceramides Side Effects
Why There Aren’t Many Side Effects-
Phytoceramides are a naturally occuring compound in the body. Daily supplements of 350mg are perfectly fine for prolonged use. Often, the side effects you see are side effects of the sources of the Phytoceramides or the associated fillers, rather than to the Phytoceramides themselves. For example:
– Gluten intolerance: Phytoceramide supplements derived from Wheat are unsuitable for people intolerant or sensitive to Gluten. This also applies to supplements that are based in wheat oil, or derived from Wheat. Wheat origin ceramides may be unsuitable for people who are allergic to Gluten.
– Soy Allergy: People who are sensitive to soy and soy-based products should not take Phytoceramides that have been exposed to soy during manufacture.
– Nut Allergies eg. Peanut allergy: Certain brands of Phytoceramide supplements are exposed to mixed nuts or use nut oils as base, in capsules. Read the disclaimers on the supplement bottles, to be doubly sure that you don’t accidentally ingest compounds you’re allergic to.
– Fish allergy: People who are allergic to fish or shellfish may develop a minor reaction to capsules that contain kosher gelatin as a base. If you’re allergic to shellfish and fish, and feel any tingling in your face and lips, or difficulty in breathing after taking this supplement, discontinue the supplement and consult your doctor before taking it again.
– Minor instances of allergic reactions to artificial fillers and preservatives.
Side Effects Associated With Topical Ceramides-
Again, given the natural occurrence of Phytoceramides, there aren’t many reports of Phytoceramide side effects with creams and serums. In some cases, there may be –
- local irritation
- irritated skin
These usually have more to do with the product’s base. It’s always best to do a small patch test, before starting daily use.
Rare Side Effects –
In very few cases, people who take oral Phytoceramide supplements experience:
Again, these are almost always related to the adjuvant materials in supplements, and not the Phytoceramides themselves.
Contraindications: Who shouldn’t take Phytoceramides?
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s always a good idea to check with your physician before starting any daily supplement.
If you’re a patient of chronic heart or liver disease also, getting your doctor’s opinion is always advisable.
Phytoceramides should not be taken in capsule form by children or by people under eighteen, without a doctor’s approval.
It’s best to avoid taking these tablets with alcohol.
If at any time you notice that the supplements cause you to feel drowsy, you should not take them before operating heavy machinery or driving.
The oral supplements should be taken as prescribed. Higher dosages can cause discomfort and although double doses are not toxic, they are not recommended, either.
In case of any adverse reactions, it is better to discontinue the supplements altogether.
Overall Phytoceramides are totall safe to take and offer many benefits. For some of my favorite Phytoceramide products check out my Phytoceramides Reviews Round Up.