STATES CHRONICLE – A woman in San Francisco died due to poisoning with toxic tea from a Chinatown shop. The female passed away after about a week since she and a man fell ill because of drinking a toxic brew from the herbalist. These cases reached the department of public health of San Francisco where specialists needed to identify the place from which the tea was purchased. They had also issued a warning informing the residents about the dangerous drink.
Both the woman and the man fell ill after consuming the toxic tea
On March 20, health officials from San Francisco argued that Yu-Ping Xie, the 56-year old woman, died on March 18 after consuming a tea which contained aconite. This is a deadly toxin found in different herbs. The toxic tea was made from leaves which were purchased at the Sun Wing Wo Trading Company. The female together with the 30-year-old man bought several mixes of medicinal teas which were combined by the shop assistant for them.
Health officials claimed that since those teas contained several ingredients, they are now testing the ones which were common to both mixtures. They argued that the shop cooperates with them to continue their investigation, helping them identify the source of the toxins.
The herbal mix was made directly in the tea shop
The San Francisco Medical Examiner noted that the two victims complained about weakness and weird heart rhythms which require resuscitation within an hour of drinking the tea. The female died while she was hospitalized on March 18. However, the man only received some treatment, and he had rapidly recovered from the illness.
We all know that tea is a very popular drink at a global level. Many studies have indicated the existence of a series of benefits when consuming such a brew. For example, a study from 2015 published in the British Journal of Nutrition reported that substances which were present in tea contributed in supporting good heart health when growing older.
However, a new study which was recently published in The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, in which 957 Chinese people over 55 years old were surveyed, suggested that drinking tea on a regular basis was related to a decreased risk of developing cognitive decline. Besides all these benefits, some brewed tea may also contain substances which could harm people. Tea can absorb or contain toxic compounds like lead and high levels of heavy metals.
Thus, before consuming any tea, we should pay close attention to all the ingredients and their benefits or effects.
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