May 5, 2016

Tarragon

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How does Tarragon work?

Tarragon is a good source of potassium. It also contains ingredients that seem to be able to fight certain bacteria.

Are there safety concerns?

Tarragon is LIKELY SAFE when taken by mouth in food amounts. It is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth as a medicine, short-term. Long-term use of tarragon as a medicine is LIKELY UNSAFE. Tarragon contains a chemical called estragole, which might cause cancer.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's LIKELY UNSAFE for women who are pregnant or breast-feeding to take tarragon by mouth as a medicine. It might start your period and endanger the pregnancy.

Bleeding disorder: Tarragon might slow blood clotting. There is concern that tarragon might increase the risk of bleeding when taken as a medicine.

Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Tarragon may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking tarragon.

Surgery: Tarragon might slow blood clotting. There is concern that tarragon might prolong bleeding during and after surgery. Stop taking tarragon at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.


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