European food safety officials issued a warning about potential health problems, including an increased risk of some cancers, linked to long-term use of laxatives such as #senna and rhubarb extract.
#Laxatives often contain #hydroxyanthracenes, a class of substances found in roots, outer leaves, seed and bark of plants such as #aloe, rhubarb or senna.
Evidence from animal studies suggests some of these substances can cause cancer of the intestine.
So far no safe daily intake limit has been set, long-term use may be harmful.
#Psyllium husk (isabgol) is a healthier alternative.