The Truth About Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
Although our coveted elixir is a favorite among expectant mothers, there is some debate regarding its efficacy.
In humans, there are some encouraging studies…
In rats, the evidence isn’t as favorable…
In both rat studies, the mother rats ingested RRL from the beginning of their pregnancies at doses significantly higher than what people would consume in a cup of tea. And, they’re rats.
Contrary to conventional wisdom in the “crunchy” community, red raspberry leaf tea should only be consumed during the second trimester and only in the quantities specified on the product’s packaging.
So, yeah. There’s controversy everywhere… even with pregnancy tea.
So, let’s start at the beginning.
What are the side effects of drinking raspberry leaf tea?
Because raspberry leaf tea hasn’t been extensively studied, experts aren’t entirely aware of all of its potential side effects. What is known is that red raspberry leaf tea may:
Why do pregnant women drink red raspberry leaf tea?
Because raspberry leaf tea is believed to be a uterine tonic that increases blood flow to the uterus and strengthens the uterine muscle fibers, pregnant women seeking to hasten their labor have long turned to it. Then, it’s thought that causes contractions to start the birthing process. It is also believed that strengthening the uterus can reduce excessive postpartum bleeding.