A refreshing medical report about detox tea

A new medical paper says that one popular brand of what’s called “detox tea” is pretty tox. The study is called “Yogi Detox Tea: A Potential Cause of Acute Liver Failure.” It’s published in the journal Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine.

The study’s authors, at Drexel University Hospital, in Philadelphia, say: “We present a case of acute fulminant liver failure from a liver detoxification tea. We present a 60-year-old female with weakness, lethargy, scleral icterus, jaundice, and worsening mental status. She drank herbal tea three times a day for 14 days prior to symptom development. Liver tests were elevated. Remaining laboratory tests and imaging were negative for other etiologies. An ultrasound-guided liver biopsy showed submassive necrosis. A literature search on the ingredients shows six ingredients as having hepatotoxic effects and remaining ingredients as having very sparse hepatoprotective data.”

2 Responses to “A refreshing medical report about detox tea”

  1. Lauren Brimmer Says:

    It would be great to know which six ingredients are considered toxic as many teas have similar formulas. I had this in my pantry! (Gone now!)

  2. Irene T. Says:

    Lauren: If you follow the link to the paper you can find the details. There is a linked table showing all the ingredients: https://www.hindawi.com/journals/crigm/2017/3540756/tab3/

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