Poppy Seed



Poppy seed is the seed from the poppy plant.

People take poppy seed by mouth for asthma, constipation, cough, diarrhea caused by infection, difficulty sleeping, and to diagnose a condition called vesicoenteric fistula.

In foods, poppy seed is used to make cakes, pastries, filling, glaze, or porridge.

In manufacturing, poppy seed oil is used to make soap, paint, and varnish.

How it works

Poppy seed might help prevent some types of cancer from developing.


Likely Effective
Diagnosing vesicoenteric fistula

Research shows that the poppy seed test can be used to diagnose a condition called vesicoenteric fistula. For this test, people who might have vesicoenteric fistula eat 35-250 grams of poppy seed mixed in a yogurt or beverage. The person's urine is monitored for 48 hours afterwards. If poppy seed is seen in the urine, the person is diagnosed with vesicoenteric fistula.


Likely safe

Poppy seed is LIKELY SAFE for most adults when taken by mouth in amounts commonly found in food

Possibly safe

Poppy seed is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth in amounts used for medical purposes. A single beverage or yogurt containing 35-250 grams of poppy seed has been used safely. Although uncommon, eating poppy seed can cause allergies in some people. Symptoms include vomiting, swelling of the inside of the mouth, hives, eye swelling (conjunctivitis), and breathing difficulty. Inhaling poppy seed might also cause allergy symptoms, including skin redness and swelling under the skin.



Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Poppy seed isLIKELY SAFEforpregnantandbreast-feeding women in food amounts. But larger medicinal amounts should be avoided until more is known.Dosing considerations for Poppy Seed.

Allergy to other plants: People who are allergic to poppy seed might also be allergic to hazelnut, rye grain, kiwi, sesame, or buckwheat. If you are allergic to poppy seed, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking these other foods or supplements.


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