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Beware of Lead Contamination of Tea Leaves

By | January 1st, 2016 | Modified - March 2nd, 2019
Beware of Lead Contamination of Tea Leaves
Beware of Lead Contamination of Tea Leaves

I am a tea lover just like many people are. I do lean towards drinking various herbal teas for their various health benefits. I drink a lot of soursop tea because I like a hot beverage and because of its cancer fighting properties. I also lean towards herbal teas because they do not contain caffeine.

Many people are accustomed to drinking what we consider to be regular tea, which does contain caffeine. Heavy caffeine consumption can lead to high blood pressure,[1] heart attacks,[2] indigestion, infertility in women,[3] and insomnia.

Besides the normal problems that come with regular tea consumption, which consists of white tea, green tree, black tea, and oolong tea, you now have to be concerned with consuming lead with your non-herbal tea.

China is one of the world’s biggest exporters of white tea, green tree, black tea, and oolong tea. These teas are all made from the leaves of an Asian Camellia sinensis evergreen tree.

China is one of the world’s biggest exporters of these teas so you have to be cautious about consuming lead. China burns around half of the world’s coal sending heavy metals like lead and mercury into the atmosphere, and a large amount of lead settles back into the soil and is absorbed by the evergreen tree.

White tea, green tree, black tea, and oolong tea from China contain higher levels of lead than what would be normally found in these tea leaves. Each tea has and releases different levels of lead, but green tea releases the lowest levels of lead out of the 4 teas.

Why take a chance with these teas anyway? If lead contamination weren’t an issue the caffeine in these teas would still be an issue. Luckily herbal teas are available and they don’t contain caffeine.

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Aqiyl Aniys is the author of the books Alkaline Herbal Medicine, Alkaline Plant Based Diet and the children's book, Faith and Justice eat an Alkaline Plant Based Diet." He received a certificate in plant-based nutrition from Cornell University, a BA in Organizational Behavior and Communications from NYU, worked as an elementary school teacher, and studied social work. He enjoys boxing, kick boxing, cycling, power walking, and basically anything challenging, and his alkaline plant-based diet supports all that he does. Learn more about transitioning to an alkaline vegan diet using the Dr. Sebi nutritional guide.

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