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herbal tea with kava root extract ok to have?

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I am 12 weeks pregnant and would like to know if it's okay for me to drink a cup of herbal tea with kava root extract in it (78 mg of kava root extract)?


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replied February 12th, 2013
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Though herbal products are considered natural and safe, they can have varying side effects based on the content of such products. Hence you should always seek a opinion from your doctor before using them, especially during pregnancy.

Kava is a herbal product marketed in south american nations as a possible anxiolytic.

Kava root and its products should not be used during pregnancy. Some important sideeffects of Kava root include - liver damage causing jaundice and in some cases requiring liver transplant. weak toxins in kava-kava can damage the developing liver of the fetus and central nervous system. This could cause stillbirth or other serious complications. Hence they are not advised for use during pregnancy and lactation.


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