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Does Rooibos Tea Affect Iron In The Blood
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
Can I use rooibos tea topically for skin and hair even though it has estrogen-like effects. Could topical use cause me to have estrogen dominance?
It shouldn't: 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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
Yes: Tea, coffee, and cocoa (Chocolate) inhibit absorption of iron and should not be consumed with meals in people with iron deficiency anemia. Polyphenols in these beverages inhibit the absorption of iron. Black tea appears to be the most potent in this regard but green tea does inhibit iron absorption some. Best wishes! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I donated blood yesterday and they told me I had very high iron level. Said 18.2, but I don't know the scale. I a 50 year old white male?
Inconsistent: Blood banks monitor the hemoglobin level of donor blood and would not collect blood from a potential donor with low hemoglobin. So the patient did not receive blood with low iron. However, if the patient is anemic due to iron deficiency s/he should take after consultation with the doctor. ...Read more
Anemia is Lo Hemoglo: You need to tell us about your Hemoglobin (Hb) level. That is what defines Anemia.... a level below 12 Grams in a woman equals anemia. Then you need to ask your doctor to find the cause and treat the cause, which is often excessive blood loss either thru menses or from another source. That is why you need to be checked thoroughly. Iron levels will help in defining the cause which is often Iron defi ...Read more
What do you suggest if my school nurse took a blood test on me and my iron level is 117, is this low?
My school nurse took a blood test on me and my iron level is 117, Is this low? Should I be concerned?
I'm not anemic but my iron level won't go above 10.5 which iant high enough to give blood which I would like to do any suggeations?
Anemia: Is 10.5 your hemoglobin level? Either way whether this is your hemoglobin level or your iron (ferritin) level. The level is low and indicates that you are anemic. If you do have iron deficiency and you don't respond to oral iron then you probably should get intravenous iron. Discuss firther with your md. Make sure that you don't have any other reason that can make you anemic besides low iron. ...Read more
Dr said iron level is 30 it's good, she said "your blood test look good" is 30 not low? Is there another number they measure? Feeling so tired lately
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