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Anyone here have muscle/leg cramps and drink Earl Gray ?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 02, 2011 at 3:18 PM

There is a link between them! High quantities of earl gray (the bergamot oil is the culprit) makes it hard for the body to absorb potassium...As soon as I stoped drinking 4 cups of it a day I have noticed that muscles dont feel as tight or crampy. I havent stopped taking the teh supplement yet though, it has only been 1.5 days.

Bergamot may prevent proper absorption of certain medications, or block potassium resulting in cramps.

Read more: Bergamot Safety | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/facts_6139576_bergamot-safety.html#ixzz1INZkADOU

Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

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on April 10, 2011
at 02:11 PM

I think we have to look at more than one web site on consumption. I looked at many but only added one when starting the topic because it summed up what i experienced. but i would hope that anyone consuming earl gray in the quantities for as long as I had would search how long bergamot lasted in the body. I have found great relief from not drinking it and will re-try in a few weeks with just 1 tea bag a day instead of 4-6 to see if i feel the same effects.

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on April 02, 2011
at 04:58 PM

Who knew?? Really interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

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on April 02, 2011
at 04:53 PM

i really have to try something new. I like constanct comment and orange spice, but neither taste really well with cream in my opinion and i obviously love the orange in each tea...guess i will have to find a new day time tea....cant drink sleepytime all day :)

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on April 02, 2011
at 03:26 PM

geez, good thing I've branched out. I have so many types of teas that I drink earl grey once a week at most.

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on April 02, 2011
at 03:23 PM

i am choosing to ignore this post because, dammit, i love earl grey tea.

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on April 02, 2011
at 03:23 PM

Wow good to know, but that's very sad :(

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on April 02, 2011
at 03:47 PM

This is interesting to me because I take HBP meds (enalapril) that can concentrate the level of potassium in the body to dangerous levels. I am not supposed to use the "light salt" (KNa, aka Sylvite) because it's half potassium. I've been concerned about high-K foods like potatoes, beets (I love beets!), etc., and with celiac disease, I'm already so restricted in what I can eat. I haven't had EG in years, but I enjoyed it when I did. Maybe it could give me a little piece of mind about eating foods high in potassium. Thanks for the info - I'm off to research it more!

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on April 10, 2011
at 07:15 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earl_Grey_tea#Toxicology regarding cramps, hope that helps...

Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

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on April 10, 2011
at 02:11 PM

I think we have to look at more than one web site on consumption. I looked at many but only added one when starting the topic because it summed up what i experienced. but i would hope that anyone consuming earl gray in the quantities for as long as I had would search how long bergamot lasted in the body. I have found great relief from not drinking it and will re-try in a few weeks with just 1 tea bag a day instead of 4-6 to see if i feel the same effects.

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