5271Re: [pfaf] fennel seeds and estragole
- Mar 4, 2011I think the powers that be wish to frighten us regarding the safety of
herbs-- at the same time they promote many drugs that do far more harm.
Matthew Sleigh wrote:
> Estragole is a lager component of tarragon (especially) and basil
> essential oils than it is of fennel. The carcinogenic risks from
> Estragole in fennel are probably close to those from orange juice and
> Fennel should not be used excessively, especially by breastfeeding
> mothers and small children, but the risks are said to diminish
> exponentially with the dose.
> Even at the doses at which fennel is used medicinally, Estragole
> levels are, at most, 100th of those at which there might be a
> significant cancer risk.
> As with all medicines, do not use unnecessarily, or over-dose.
> All the best,
> On Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 11:53 PM, Annalisa Balestrino
> <giulisann@... <mailto:giulisann%40gmail.com>> wrote:
> > Dear All,
> > I was advised not to use fennel seed tea for my daughter who is 2
> years old.
> > I pass this piece of info to you, especially to breastfeeding
> mothers and mothers of children less than 4 years old in case they are
> not aware of the negative effects of fennel,
> > the information is published in Italian on the Italian website:
> http://www.inran.it/ Inran stands for Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca
> per gli Alimenti e la Nutrizione, National Research Institute for food
> and nutrition, it is a public research body under the surveillance of
> the Ministry for agriculture, food and forest policies:
> > fennel seeds contain a substance called estragole which is
> carcinogenic, it should not be given to children under 4 years old.
> Here in Italy the fennel seed tea has been used for AGES to calm
> stomach gases in infants and newborns.
> > Annalisa
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