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Nutrafoods

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 7–17 | Cite as

Herbal teas

The benefit:risk ratio
  • Sarah Sarwar
  • Brian Lockwood
Research

Summary

There is a long history of use of herbal teas. Recently, evidence has been produced outlining a number of possible medicinal effects of these teas including antioxidant activity, antimutagenic activity, immune response activity, anti-allergic activity, anti-diabetic properties, in addition to their beneficial mineral content. A wide range of adverse effects have been reported, in addition to the possible presence of pesticides, toxic trace elements, and pathogens. Interactions with conventional medicines are an increasing risk.

Key words

Herbal teas Health effects Mineral content Adverse effects Herb-drug interactions 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical SciencesManchesterUK

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