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Old Fri Oct 31, 2014, 06:58 PM
Alvin Alvin is offline
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green tea and iron overload

Has anyone had tried Green Tea as a help in iron chelation ?
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Old Fri Oct 31, 2014, 09:17 PM
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No, but my haematologist told me to avoid green tea because it suppressed bone marrow function.
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Old Sat Nov 1, 2014, 12:15 AM
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Wow. Thanks for posting that.
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Old Sat Nov 1, 2014, 01:30 PM
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Chirley / Alvin,

I would check those facts about green tea... I don't think that there is a scientific basis for that statement...

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Old Sat Nov 1, 2014, 02:18 PM
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Most things natural are not very effective at chelating iron at the level needed for those with iron overload from transfusion. There's just too much of it.

What green tea, as well as all other drinks with tannins in them, will do is to reduce the absorption of iron from the foods you eat when consumed together. So for those who consume large quantities of tea can become low in iron which can result in anemia.

In all my research, I've never come across articles on green tea suppressing bone marrow. That doesn't mean it doesn't exist though. I mostly find that it's protective of the cells and can suppress the bad ones.
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Old Sat Nov 1, 2014, 08:48 PM
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My haematologists advice was just anecdotal he didn't back it up with any research or anything. I just mentioned I was drinking it and he told me to stop.
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Old Sun Nov 2, 2014, 07:32 AM
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Green tea

Hi All!
According to the "Warning list" from the support group for patients with low platelets green tea can decrease blood clotting. This is positive for persons that try to avoid arteriosclerosis but negative for us with low platelets.
http://www.pdsa.org/about-itp/warnings.html
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Old Sun Nov 2, 2014, 05:27 PM
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Birgitta, what a good read. My husband just had ginger ale, blue berries, greet tea and more. I'll have to balance food needs with having some things less often. Thanks for posting that. Hope you're having a good day. Sunshine here.
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