Friday, May 06, 2005

The Myths of Herbal Tea

The myth surrounding herbal drinks is that since they are not illegal, and sold over the Internet, as well as in stores, they must be safe. Due to the increasing popularity of these products, there is growing research into what these drinks actually contain.

Many brands promise amazing heath benefits, most claims are false and certain herbal tea ingredients can cause serious health problems:

-Lobelia can cause breathing problems and convulsions
-Licorice can boost blood pressure
-Some types of star anise are toxic; they can cause seizures and other neurological problems
-Chaparral can cause liver damage
-Foxglove can affect heart function
-St. John's Wort can interact with a number of different medications

I think ordinary people by ignorance are drinking herbal tea. They don’t realize that most claims are unproven and that these herbs might cause you serious health problems.

More information:

The Myths of Herbal Tea
Unravelling the herbal myth
Beware the Unknown Brew Herbal Teas and Toxicity

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