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Phytic Acid

Phytic acid is a saturated cyclic acid that is found in organic matter such as brans, cereals, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. It is the primary depository of phosphorus in plant tissue. Phytic acid has been a subject of interest in the scientific and medical communities due to its effect on mineral absorption. As phytic acid in some foods may reduce the body's ability to absorb some important minerals, it also provides antioxidant benefits that may help to reduce risks for cancer and protect against kidney stones. Additionally, phytic acid may aid in regulating important cellular function and blood glucose control, and may also offer neuroprotection that could help prevent Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. For all these reasons, phytic acid is an interesting compound that when used properly may provide more benefits than negatives. Talk to your doctor about phytic acid and he or she can help you decide if it might be beneficial for you.


Many people get enough phytic acid is in their regular diet, but some may choose to add a supplement. Talk to your doctor and have a health screening and full medical consultation before deciding if phytic acid may be beneficial to you. If your doctor recommends a supplement, he or she will advise you and provide further information regarding dosage. Always follow your doctor's directions on dosage and usage of all drugs and supplements. Consult with your compounding pharmacist for more information on phytic acid supplements.


Side effects often differ from one person to the next. Some may experience no side effects at all with drugs and supplements while others may experience one or multiple side effects. Some who take phytic acid may experience the following:

  • Iron Loss
  • Possible Reduced Digestion
  • Possible Other GI Issues
  • Dizziness
  • Hypotension
  • Headache
  • Drowsiness

If you experience anything that feels like a side effect that is lingering or getting worse, see your doctor right away. If you feel anything that feels severe, get emergency medical treatment.


All patients, especially anyone with a history of mineral deficiency, should first consult with their doctor before using or consuming phytic acid.

Phytic acid may be contraindicated for many and various medical issues, diseases, drug history or drug interactions, as well as due to age or health status. Talk to your doctor about phytic acid and have a full medical review. Only your doctor can decide if additional phytic acid would be beneficial or safe for your health.

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