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Can you tell me if rooibos tea contains l-theanine?

Can you tell me if rooibos tea contains l-theanine?

No, it doesn't: Rooibos tea is made from a different plant (aspalathus linearis -- a broom like member of the legume family) than regular tea (camellia sinensis). Theanine, is found in camellia sinensis -- from which green tea and others are made -- and certain mushrooms. Though it doesn't contain l-theanine, rooibos does contain other healthy polyphenols, flavonols, and antioxidants. And it tastes good too. ...Read more

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Can rooibos make red stools?

Can rooibos make red stools?

Apparently so: http://www.health24.com/experts/question/rooibos-tea-20020424 you should see you doctor if you have bloody stools. This can be a sign of serious problem, such as a colon cancer. ...Read more

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Hi I'm 23 weeks and I've been getting conflicting information about drinking rooibos tea that contains cinnamon, rooibos, ginger root and clove. ?

Hi I'm 23 weeks and I've been getting conflicting information about drinking rooibos tea that contains cinnamon, rooibos, ginger root and clove. ?

Yes, its ok.: Rooibos or brush tea is from Southern Africa and has benefits to help with nervousness, digestive problems and allergies. There have been no studies on pregnant women using this tea but in moderation this tea is acceptable in pregnancy. It can be consumed in pregnancy. Ginger root helps with nausea so this is OK to consume when pregnant. ...Read more

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Can rooibos tea cause muscle pain?

Can rooibos tea cause muscle pain?

It shouldnt: Rooibos tea is actually even used by some as a very weak muscle relaxant. However, that being said, if you do notice pain in muscles after every time you drink it, i would try to avoid it. You may have an unusual sensitivity to it (not a true allergy), but again, this is very unlikely. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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My five year old son has been complaining about an itchy back for months. Lotions, oil, even rooibos tea seem to help in the short term. No allergies?

My five year old son has been complaining about an itchy back for months.  Lotions, oil, even rooibos tea seem to help in the short term. No allergies?

Itchy back: If he has dry skin then he may have eczema which means you have to moisturize the skin regularly in order to control dryness and itchyness and flare ups of rash. He also may get itchy back from sweating, and the effects of artificial fabrics or wool clothing-try to but plain cotton shirts and rinse out detergents well. I wouldn't necessarily attribute allergies as a cause unless he has hives. ...Read more

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My two month baby girl keeps bringing up her breastmilk, formula milk, rooibos tea and water. What is the problem and what can I do to help her ?

My two month baby girl keeps bringing up her breastmilk, formula milk, rooibos tea and water. What is the problem and what can I do to help her ?

Vomiting in infants: It may be from reflux or pyloric stenosi, you should tlk to your pediatician. Pyloric stenosis is usally more common in boys and first born babies. Allergies may be a cause as well. Sometimes there could be other causes as well and you shuld be able to have your pediatrician work up the baby and be able ot guide you. ...Read more

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I had rooibos tea for a month, and my breasts have grown, nipples swollen, gained 5 lbs, and bloating. Could tea cause hormonal problems? I'm virgin.

I had rooibos tea for a month, and my breasts have grown, nipples swollen, gained 5 lbs, and bloating. Could tea cause hormonal problems? I'm virgin.

Rooibos tea: Rooibos tea has some estrogen like effects usually it is considered negligible and less than soy products but depending on your receptors it may have a more pronounced effect .. Would stop if for a 2 weeks and see if symptoms resolve.If not please f/u immediately with a doctor. have there been other dietary changes or lifestyle changes? f/u w/ doc ...Read more