Sorghum is a grain. It is commonly eaten as a cereal grain in Africa. The seed and leaves are also sometimes used to make medicine.

People use sorghum for digestion problems, HIV/AIDS, obesity, diabetes, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
When taken by mouth: Sorghum is LIKELY SAFE when eaten in food amounts. There isn't enough reliable information to know if sorghum is safe when taken as a medicine or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if sorghum is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


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  • HIV/AIDS. Early research shows that taking sorghum might improve the immune system in people with HIV/AIDS already taking antiretroviral drugs.
  • Low levels of healthy red blood cells (anemia) due to iron deficiency. Early research shows that taking sorghum doesn't improve anemia in people who are also taking iron supplements.
  • Obesity. Early research shows that eating sorghum cereal each morning for 8 weeks instead of wheat cereal can reduce body fat in men who are overweight or obese. But it doesn't seem to improve body weight or body mass index (BMI).
  • Digestion problems.
  • Diabetes.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of sorghum for these uses.

Dosing & administration

The appropriate dose of sorghum depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for sorghum. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

It is not known if Sorghum interacts with any medicines. Before taking Sorghum, talk with your healthcare professional if you take any medications.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods.


Sorghum seems to have a soothing effect on the digestive system.
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