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What are the side effects of SAM-e?

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SAM-e is a compound your body makes from an amino acid called methionine, which is commonly found in food. Cells in the body use SAM-e to make cartilage and repair cell damage. SAM-e, as a dietary supplement, is marketed for its ability to promote "joint health" and "emotional well-being." The active ingredient in SAM-e is S-adenosylmethionine.

Potential SAM-e side effects

The reported side effects of SAM-e are mild, and occur infrequently. They include stomach upset, diarrhea, headaches, and nausea. If you are taking prescription medicines for depression, or if you have a bipolar disorder (also called manic depression), you should consult with your physician before using this product as its use may not be recommended.

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