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How toxic is chamomile tea on the kidneys and liver due mainly to the coumarin it contains??

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Created January 02, 2012 at 11:02 PM

How toxic is chamomile tea on the kidneys and liver due mainly to the coumarin it contains? How much tea would need to be consumed to be a problem. And is chamomile tea a potential problem for diabetics? Does anyone have any detailed knowledge of this and does anyone have any positive/negative experiences with chamomile tea with regards to diabetes?

Chamomile tea is said to be an anxiolytic which is why I am considering drinking it as I find it difficult to sleep these past months which is quite important to address in Palaeo or any other lifestyle for that matter. It also has many other potential beneficial effects.

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on January 20, 2013
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Toxophobia is a common paleo diet-induced neurosis.

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on January 03, 2012
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I found two links: 1) Coumarin in cinnamon and other foods http://www.bfr.bund.de/cm/349/frequently_asked_questions_about_coumarin_in_cinnamon_and_other_foods.pdf 2) Protective Effects of Dietary Chamomile Tea on Diabetic Complications: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/jf8014365

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on January 03, 2012
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Thanks, I will look into the magnesium, I used to take it but not since awhile. And I'll try the lavender tea as well, reminds me of those lavender pillows.

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on January 03, 2012
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Are you taking Magnesium. I get a great night's sleep now that I take 300-400 mg Mag Citrate an hour before bed.

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on January 03, 2012
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I find lavender tea more effective than chamomile as an anxiolytic, so if you're worried about chamomile, you could try lavender.

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Thanks for the links. In that last one, they identified that German chamomile possesses... 'the chemical compounds azulene and guaiazulene' and as 'being able to initiate the growth of new tissues in experimental rats which had a portion of their livers surgically removed'. Interesting, but no mention of coumarin though. But overall chamomile sounds generally positive for diabetes.

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and this page mentions the liver: http://www.herbs2000.com/herbs/herbs_chamomile.htm

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on January 20, 2013
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I don't know the answer to this. Don't you have something better to worry about than the toxicity of chamomile tea?

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on January 20, 2013
at 04:02 PM

Toxophobia is a common paleo diet-induced neurosis.

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on January 02, 2012
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on January 02, 2012
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and this page mentions the liver: http://www.herbs2000.com/herbs/herbs_chamomile.htm

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on January 02, 2012
at 11:57 PM

Thanks for the links. In that last one, they identified that German chamomile possesses... 'the chemical compounds azulene and guaiazulene' and as 'being able to initiate the growth of new tissues in experimental rats which had a portion of their livers surgically removed'. Interesting, but no mention of coumarin though. But overall chamomile sounds generally positive for diabetes.

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on January 03, 2012
at 02:52 AM

I found two links: 1) Coumarin in cinnamon and other foods http://www.bfr.bund.de/cm/349/frequently_asked_questions_about_coumarin_in_cinnamon_and_other_foods.pdf 2) Protective Effects of Dietary Chamomile Tea on Diabetic Complications: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/jf8014365

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on September 06, 2013
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Is this the chamomile, used all over Europe to calm colicky babies since centuries? I think its toxicity is quite low.

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on September 06, 2013
at 12:20 PM

According to several researches on chamomile tea, it has some negative effects on the kidney and liver. Also it increases the risk of bleeding, anaphylactic shock symptoms, allergic reactions such as difficulty in breathing, skin hives, unconsciousness, etc. I think, doctors would able to give you more information for it. Look for online consultation with professionals of [Justsavelives clinic][1] who would definitely guide you in right path.

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