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Flavonoids and herbal teas

by Paul Bergner

Medical Herbalism 7(1-2):26

Flavonoids are increasingly being understood as important active constituents in herbs. If they are the specific constituent you are seeking for your patient, however, it might be best to avoid the tea form of the herb. In this study, water extracts of a number of medicinal plants showed only small quantities of flavonoids. The researchers experimented with temperature extraction, time, and particle size to maximize the extraction of the flavonoids, but these controlled conditions are unlikely on your patientís kitchen stove. Flavonoids are, of course, present in the highest amount in the plant material itself. They are also more likely to be extracted in a tincture, although exact extraction methods can vary between different flavonoids.
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