Publicado: 02-01-2008 01:20 PM
Publicado: 02-01-2008 01:30 PM
Many alternative medicine health care providers feel that using certain herbal teas during pregnancy is a great way to support optimal pregnancy health. Herbal teas can often provide an additional source of nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, and iron. However, due to the lack of studies on most herbs, the FDA encourages caution when consuming herbal teas.
To understand which herbal teas are safe to consume during pregnancy, let’s first look at the different types of teas and how they are made.Difference in Teas: Non-herbal and Herbal teas
There are two different types of teas, the non-herbal and the herbal. The non-herbal teas can also be broken down into 3 categories; black, green and oolong.Non-Herbal Tea
- Black tea is the most common type of non-herbal tea, including flavors such as English breakfast, Earl Grey and Orange Pekoe
- Green tea has a more delicate taste then black tea; the Oolong teas are a combination of green and black tea
- Non-herbal teas contain varying amounts of caffeine and antioxidants
- Non-herbal teas are made from tea leaves
- The longer the oxidation time (fermenting) of the leaf, the higher the caffeine level
- The amount of brewing time and the size and type of tea leaf can also influence how much caffeine is in the tea
- Decaf versions of non-herbal teas still contain a bit of caffeine
- Made from the roots, berries, flowers, seeds, and leaves of a variety of plants—not from actual tea leaves
- True Herbal teas do not contain caffeine ( this does not include any other drinks called "tea" that truly are not, such as mate tea)
- Can also be used as “medicinal” remedies, which means relating to, or having the properties of medicine
Publicado: 02-01-2008 01:36 PM
Although non-herbal tea is assumed to have great health benefits due to the antioxidants, it also contains caffeine, which pregnant women are often encouraged to eliminate or cut down on during pregnancy. The average cup of non-herbal tea contains about 40-50 milligrams of caffeine. Decaffeinated non-herbal tea does still contain a bit of caffeine, however the amount is usually only about .4 milligrams.
Caffeine does cross the placenta and reaches your developing baby, and the baby cannot metabolize caffeine like an adult can. For this reason, there is much controversy on how much caffeine is safe or if it should be avoided altogether. We know that the least amount of caffeine consumed, the better it is for your pregnancy. Talk with your midwife or doctor about what amount you feel is safe for you. This will then help you make the decision on whether to consume non-herbal teas like green or black teas
Publicado: 02-01-2008 01:36 PM
Most commercial brands of herbal teas are thought to be safe for anyone to consume in reasonable amounts. Herbal tea companies, such as Celestial Seasonings, report that they do not use any herbs that are considered dangerous and choose to use herbs from a guideline that the FDA published. The herbal teas that are considered to be unsafe are those that are not made commercially, those made with excessive amounts of herbs (amounts larger than that found in common foods or drinks), or those made with herbs that are known to be toxic. As with most things, it is always best to talk with your midwife or doctor about any herbal teas that you are interested in drinking.
Publicado: 02-01-2008 01:38 PM