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Theaflavin

What other names is Theaflavin known by?

Teaflavina, Théaflavin, Théaflavine, Theaflavin-3-gallate, Theaflavin-3'-gallate, Theaflavin-3-3'-digallate, Theaflavins.

What is Theaflavin?

Theaflavin is a chemical in black tea that is formed from fermentation of green tea. It is used as medicine.

People take theaflavin for high cholesterol, heart disease, and cancer.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • High cholesterol.
  • Heart disease.
  • Cancer.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of theaflavin for these uses.

How does Theaflavin work?

Theaflavin has antioxidant, antiviral, and anti-cancer effects in test tube experiments and in animals. The effects of theaflavin in humans are not well studied.

Are there safety concerns?

There is not enough information available to know if taking theaflavin is safe or what the possible side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of theaflavin during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Dosing considerations for Theaflavin.

The appropriate dose of theaflavin depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for theaflavin. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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