Red tea is made from the leaves of the rooibos plant. It has been used as an antioxidant to help slow damage to cells. Red tea has also been used to help improve heart and liver health. The leaves are steeped and made into a tea.
There are no advised doses for red tea.
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It is likely safe to take red tea in small doses for a short time. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to take for a long period. It is also not known whether it is safe to take by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
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Last reviewed July 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board
Eric Hurwitz, DC
Last Updated: 3/30/2020