Herbal teas are generally good for you and provide an interesting twist on drinking plain water.
Raspberry leaf tea (healthcare provider) is often thought of as being good for pregnant women but only after a certain time during different stages of pregnancy.
So, I looked into many different studies of the effects of raspberry leaf tea on pregnancy, when to start taking raspberry leaf tea tablets in pregnancy as well as its other benefits, and here’s what I found.
There is also a range of raspberry leaf tea herbal supplements, and raspberry leaf products.
However, professional midwives don’t recommend using any sort of supplements during the first or second trimester of pregnancy.
Below, I will explain the benefits of Raspberry leaf tea, if you can drink it every day if it works immediately, and how much red raspberry leaf capsules to induce labor.
How does Raspberry leaf tea work?
Raspberry leaf tea is believed to work in the following ways:
- Hormonal Balancer: Raspberry leaf tea is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can help balance hormones in the body, particularly in women. It is thought to help regulate menstrual cycles and relieve symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and menopause.
- Supports Pregnancy: Raspberry leaf tea is often consumed by pregnant women as it is thought to tone the uterus, which can make delivery easier and less painful. It may also help reduce the risk of pre-term labor and complications during pregnancy.
- Anti-inflammatory Properties: Raspberry leaf tea has anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce pain and swelling in the body. It is also believed to help with conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other inflammatory conditions.
- Boosts Immunity: Raspberry leaf tea is a good source of antioxidants, which can help boost the immune system and protect against diseases and infections.
- Aids in Digestion: Raspberry leaf tea has been shown to help stimulate the digestive system and relieve symptoms of digestive problems such as constipation, bloating, and indigestion.
It is important to note that more research is needed to fully understand the effects of raspberry leaf tea, and the effects may vary from person to person.
Benefits of Drinking Raspberry Leaf Tea
Raspberry leaf tea is a herbal remedy made from red raspberry leaves and is also sometimes called red raspberry tea.
Herbal teas or herbal medicines in general contain the nutrients found in what the tea is made from which are beneficial for your health.
But, here are the specific benefits of drinking Raspberry leaf tea.
But, the clinical trials performed were for raspberry tea being taken in tablet form, and not the tea itself. Some other medical professionals have claimed that raspberry fruit tea helps pregnant women at every stage of pregnancy with:
- The health of the uterine muscles
- Reducing intense contractions
- Premenstrual symptoms (PMS symptoms)
- Morning sickness
- Shortening labor
- Menstrual cramps
- Milk production
- Muscles of your womb
- Strong Braxton hicks contractions
- Blood flow
- Pelvic floor health
- Birth outcomes
- The health of the pelvic muscles
- Reducing the severity of uterine contractions
And have therefore dubbed it as a pregnancy tea.
They have also said that Raspberry leaf tea- a herbal remedy contains nutrients such as vitamins A, vitamin E, and vitamin C.
All of which are good for high blood pressure, vaginal bleeding, premature labour, and reducing free radicals.
However, it appears that these benefits are unsupported by A LOT of evidence.
And the findings were only from one case study.
The study used a placebo group and a treatment group and showed some interesting results.
But, here’s a quote from a study of over 13 different studies that looked at the efficacy of raspberry leaf tea.
– Journal – Biomed Central Complementary Medicine and Therapies (source)
These studies were either human studies or combined human and animal studies.
The studies used a control group to identify any scientific evidence for the potential benefits of raspberry leaf tea, and here’s a quote summarizing what they found.
There are different parts of pregnancy and they are broken down into different time frames such as the first trimester, and third trimester.
An interesting finding was that raspberry leaf tea in pregnancy has no effect on how many weeks of pregnancy or weeks pregnant women had.
In another way of saying it didn’t affect the average of 36 weeks gestation – when the due date was, or how common it was to have an early pregnancy.
But, it did cause a 10% lower rate of forceps deliveries, which in my opinion also relates to another common method for delivery complications known as a vacuum birth.
This is implemented when there is difficulty in delivering a baby in a canal birth.
As you may know, there are two main types of births, canal births, and cesarean sections.
A cesarean section is required under some circumstances.
Another complication of pregnancy can be gestational diabetes.
If you are suffering from gestational diabetes then it’s generally not recommended to add sweeteners to raspberry leaf tea.
But, this is something you should discuss with your healthcare provider.
It was also shown to be a softening agent for stool.
This effect is beneficial for constipation.
Another common treatment or herbal remedy for constipation is castor oil.
But, medical professionals say not to take castor oil while you’re pregnant because it can induce labor.
So, a raspberry leaf tea is a good alternative to a constipation remedy.
The beneficial nutrients in raspberry leaf tea are known to be good at reducing free radicals, which have been linked to cancer formation.
Herbal tea is generally good for weight loss.
But, only when used as a substitute for drinks that are normally high in calories.
Can You Drink Raspberry Leaf Tea every day?
Raspberry leaf tea has the scientific name (rubus idaeus) and is known to be good for reducing the negative effects and how difficult pregnancy is.
Some raspberry leaf teas (healthcare provider) are very delicious and you may want to drink a cup every day.
I looked into whether it’s ok to do so and here’s what I found.
Herbal medicines such as those made from leaves of the raspberry plant can also be sold in capsule form.
The tea made from raspberry leaves has been used as a uterine tonic in the past.
And therefore it has also been made into capsule form by brands such as Nature’s Way, and are generally available from health food stores.
There is currently no data about the beneficial effects of the tea itself.
However, it’s assumed it is beneficial due to the raspberry leaf herb’s historic use.
Another common tea is black tea.
Black tea is different from raspberry leaf tea because it contains caffeine.
A cup of black tea contains about half the caffeine that coffee has.
I explained this in more detail in this article about one of the highest grades of black tea – orange pekoe tea.
How Much Raspberry Leaf Tea Should I Drink Daily?
Raspberry leaf tea has beneficial effects, particularly for pregnancy.
But, some foods and drinks are very nutrient-dense, and consuming a lot of them, or consuming them daily can sometimes not be good.
Here’s a summary of whether it’s OK to drink raspberry leaf tea every day.
The adverse effects of consuming too much of certain nutrients are diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and headaches.
If you increase your raspberry leaf tea consumption and notice these symptoms, then cut back on how much red raspberry leaf tea you’re drinking to identify if it was the raspberry leaf tea that was causing it.
But, in general, if you drink a lot of tea it won’t affect you negatively at all.
It’s important to note that this is only true of herbal teas, such as raspberry leaf tea.
And you shouldn’t consume more than 2 to 3 cups of black tea per day.
The reason is it can give you diarrhea.
Here’s a really good video from a midwife where she answers some common questions about drinking raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy.
Does Raspberry Leaf Tea Work Immediately?
Drinking a cup of red raspberry leaf tea has a calming effect.
But, many herbal teas can contain beneficial nutrients which provide positive effects on the body.
These can take some time to have an effect whereas, others can work immediately, so here’s how long it takes for the effects of raspberry leaf tea to work.
But, this study was based on when to start drinking raspberry leaf tea.
The optimal time to begin raspberry leaf tea consumption – at 32 weeks – is considered best because the beneficial (anti-inflammatory properties) effects of raspberry leaf tea are reducing the time it takes to give birth.
It can be a good idea to start drinking raspberry leaf tea earlier to give it more than enough time for it to be absorbed into your body.
But, it isn’t required to get the benefits of raspberry leaf tea for pregnancy.
Another interesting and delicious herbal tea, that can be made as a loose-leaf tea or bought as tea bags is orange peel tea (also a natural remedy).
I explained in this article how to make orange peel yourself .
It also covers whether it’s good for you and if you can drink it frequently.
Interestingly, dried orange peel can also be used in a range of recipes.