Last update Nov. 4, 2023
Very Low Risk
Shrub which is native from South Africa that is used as a tea since 1930. Constituents are: flavonoids, antioxidants like aspalathin, quercetin, rutin, nothofagin, luteolin, orientin among others, phenol acids, ascorbic acid, low tannin. None has shown to have a caffeine-like effect. Contains some phytoestrogen (Shimamura 2006). Effectiveness on traditional indications like antispasmodic or sedative effect has not been shown (McKay 2007). According to the Commission E of the German Ministry of Health it is an useless medication.
At latest update, relevant information on excretion into breast milk was not found.
Absorption through the gut and skin is poor.
Anti-oxidant property has not been found to be higher in the milk from mothers who have taken rooibos or whatever herb.
Commonly used in South Africa. Despite of a lack of scientific evidence, it seems to be harmless with a not abusive consumption (McKay 2007). Some cases of hepatotoxicity have been detected (Carirer 2021, Sinisalo 2010). Moderate and occasional use is recommended while breastfeeding.
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