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How to skip stones April 9, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in Dunking Tea Bag, More Oxalate, Regular Drinking.
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If you have a family history of kidney stones, you may want to cut down on drinking regular tea, which is loaded with calcium oxalate, the ingredient in most kidney stones.  Or you can switch your Earl Grey in the morning?  Then at least don’t dunk the bag so much.  Researchers from Canada said you may reduce your risk of kidney stones by refraining from dunking your tea bag or stirring your tea while it’s brewing or steeping it too long, since all these things drive more oxalate out of the leaves and into your cup.

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Ginseng (Panax ginseng) November 19, 2008

Posted by paripl110707 in Ginsendosides, Ginseng Extract, Herbal.
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Approved by German health authorities to  promote energy and mental focus, but evidence is inconclusive.  Can be prepared as a tea but is generally taken as a standardized extract that provides 4% ginsenosides.  Typical daily amount is 200 mg of a standardized extract, taken as 100 mg twice daily.  Generally safe in appropriate amounts, but may cause insomnia in high doses.  Not for use during pregnancy.