Fluoride in tea is one of the most potent and forgotten sources of fluoride.
In fact, some teas have two, three or even six times the amount of fluoride when compared to tap water.
Easily putting millions of people around the world over the safe amount of daily fluoride intake.
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Fluoride In Tea
The Camellia sinensis plant is used for its leaves to make green, black, white, and oolong teas.
When the tea plant grows, it absorbs fluoride from the surrounding soil and stores it in it’s leaves. However, since each type of tea is processed differently, fluoride levels vary.
In addition to being a potent source of fluoride, 94.9% of the fluoride in a cup of tea is directly absorbed by the body.1
A possibly deadly addition when combined with other sources of fluoride.
So before we continue, here are a few other resources at your disposal to help you determine other sources of fluoride you may be exposed to:
- Foods That Contain Fluoride (Search 503+ Foods)
- Fluoride in Coffee (Search 238+ Coffees)
- Bottled Water Without Fluoride (Search 114+ Brands)
- Fluoride in Kombucha (32+ Bottles Tested)
It’s also important to note, due to the high levels of fluoride, tea consumption alone can cause health problems.
Health Effects Of Fluoride
Consuming the wrong tea will greatly increase your chances of developing fluoride toxicity.
For example, in recent years there has been a growing number of skeletal fluorosis cases in the USA among heavy tea drinkers.2
An incurable condition that leads to pain and stiffness in a person’s bones and joints.3
And when you see for yourself how much fluoride is in tea, you’ll also understand why fluoride’s effect on the human body does not stop there:
- Dental Fluorosis: damage and discoloration to enamel of teeth
- Pineal Gland Calcification: lowered melatonin and poor sleep
- Fluoride’s Brain Effects: neurotoxic, causes brain damage
- Fluoride Leads To Alzheimer’s: result of increased oxidative stress
Health Benefits Of Tea
It’s not a good idea to drop tea altogether because SOME teas are high in fluoride.
Especially since the right kind of tea will provide you with many healthy substances:
- Amino acids
Not only that but the antioxidants and other healthy substances found in tea act as medicine to fluoride toxicity.
So much so, the right tea can actually help you perform a fluoride detox.
How Does Fluoride Get Into Tea?
For the longest time I thought ALL tea was healthy.
Now I’m sure tea was healthy many years ago, specifically before mass pollution.
For example, before the world’s air and soil was polluted, the tea plant would absorb all the healthy substances in its environment (getting the great reputation it has).
But now, with soil and rain/ground water high in fluoride due to pollution, the tea plant unfortunately absorbs dangerously high levels of fluoride.
In addition, since soil quality varies from country to country and even within a country, it’s not as easy as telling you to stay away from tea grown in a specific country.
*Cough, Cough, China*
Which is why the only true answer to this problem is to test every single tea for fluoride.
However, before we get to the test results of 329+ teas, there is one more thing you should know.
Fluoride Content Equals Quality Of Tea
Higher quality teas have lower levels of fluoride.
This is because teas with high levels of fluoride tend to contain low amounts of antioxidants.
In fact, the increase in fluoride is proportional to the decrease of amino acids and flavonoids.4
For example, mature tea leaves have the lowest antioxidant levels and since they’ve been soaking up fluoride from the soil the longest, they also have the highest fluoride content.
While young tea leaves have the most antioxidants and lowest levels of fluoride.
|Tea Type||Age of Leaves||Fluoride Content||Notes|
|Black||mature||high||oxidized after harvest for unique flavors|
|Green||mature||high||not oxidized, preserves healthy substances like flavonoids, catechins and polyphenols|
|Oolong||mature||high/ medium||oxidized half way between green and black tea|
|White||young + buds||medium/ low||more antioxidants than green, black or oolong teas|
|Herbal||not made from tea leaves||low/ none||made from dried fruit, flowers, roots, spices, and herbs|
Overall, looking at how much fluoride a tea has is a good indicator of it’s quality.
The more fluoride, the less antioxidants, and thus the lower the quality.
Tips On Using The Fluoride Tea Table
To help you navigate through the 329+ teas found in the fluoride-tea table, here are 5 very useful and important tips…
1) Use The Search Bar…
Use the search bar to look up a specific brand or flavor of tea.
2) Sort Fluoride Content In Tea From High or Low
By clicking on “Fluoride (ppm)” once, you’ll sort the fluoride content in tea from low to high.
While if you click on it two times, the ranking of fluoride content will show from high to low.
3) Sort Teas By “Type”…
This will allow you to search through fluoride in tea based on the type of tea.
Which includes; black, green, herbal, oolong, pu-erh, rooibos, and white tea.
4) Sort Through Teas That Are Approved…
By clicking on “Approved?” and then selecting ‘YES”, you’ll be able to see which teas are approved by Truth About Fluoride.
Being approved means the tea is safe in regards to fluoride and does not contain any other dangerous ingredients (more on this later).
In addition, if you see the name of the tea in blue text and click on it, it will bring you to the exact tea I tested, on the Amazon website.
5) Combine ALL The Tips Together…
For example, let’s say you’re looking for a new herbal tea that is approved and low in fluoride.
To do this, first click on type and select “Herbal“, then click on “Fluoride (ppm)” once to sort from low to high and lastly, click on approved and select “YES“.
Fluoride In Tea Table (Search 329+ Teas)
This table is continuously updated…
So if you do not find the brand you’re looking for, contact me using the information after this article and I will add it to the list.
But most importantly, share this article with your friends and family by using the sharing buttons found at the bottom of the screen (phone) or to the left (computer).
Considering how much fluoride is in tea, you might just save someone’s life.
Each tea was steeped for 5 min with 245 ml of filtered water*
5 Must Knows When It Comes To Fluoride In Tea
1. Avoid Steeping Your Tea For Too Long?
After testing the 329+ teas above, I was curious to see what would happen to fluoride content if tea was steeped for an extra 5 min (10 minutes total).
So I tested 100 teas again.
After steeping the teas for 10 minutes, fluoride content increased by an average of 12%. However this varied from tea to tea, with the highest increase reported at 60% and the lowest at 0%.
So yes, it’s true that the more you steep your tea, the more fluoride goes into your water.
However, if you decide to steep your tea for less, you’ll also get less healthy substances.
A problem with a simple solution…
Get a quality and safe tea that you can steep for as long as you want.
This will give you great peace of mind, as the 30 herbal teas that were steeped for 10 minutes remained at 0.0 ppm.
2. Type Of Tea Matters A Lot
After testing 329+ teas it’s safe to say – if you want to avoid fluoride, herbal tea is the only way to go.
As it stands, besides herbal tea, there are less than a handful of teas that pass the fluoride test.
Maybe there are other brands out there that are low in fluoride, but until it’s tested- I’d play it safe and stick to the teas that are approved by Truth About Fluoride.
3. Does Organic Tea Have Fluoride?
You may be thinking, if a tea is organic it might not contain a toxic substance like fluoride.
But the truth is, on average, organic tea contains less fluoride than non-organic tea… but it still contains fluoride.
The only type of organic tea that does not contain fluoride is herbal tea.
4. There’s More You Should Worry About Than Fluoride
Fluoride is bad enough, but there’s more you should know…
Let’s put it this way, if a tea contains fluoride, what else do you think the tea plant could have absorbed from the polluted soil?
Pesticides, lead, or maybe even a sprinkle of arsenic?
Point is, whenever there’s fluoride, it’s not unreasonable to assume high levels of other contaminants.
So in other words, choose fluoride-free tea.
Now, to answer something I brought up earlier, some of you may be wondering why some brands are not approved by Truth About Fluoride, even though they have no fluoride.
Long answer short, this happens when a tea contains an unhealthy ingredient.
And when it comes to tea, that unhealthy ingredient is typically “natural flavors”.
Now to explain this as quickly as possible: there’s nothing natural about “natural flavors”. In fact, there can be up to 100 chemicals in a single natural flavor.5
In short, it’s a shortcut used by brands to trick you into liking their tea… all at the expense of your health.
5. Avoid Using And Drinking Tap Water
I think this should go without saying, but it’s easy to forget…
Avoiding fluoride in tap water is a MUST and one of the easiest things you can do.
All of the numbers above for fluoride in tea were with fluoride-free water, now imagine how dangerous that would be to someone’s health if they added an additional 0.7 ppm of fluoride (average fluoride content in North American tap water).
And how you want to do this is up to you…
You can use bottled water without fluoride.
Or the more wallet-friendly and convenient option of using a fluoride water filter.
IMPORTANT: if you have a water filter or plan on getting one, you should know many brands LIE about removing fluoride. So to avoid getting tricked, I will send you the test results of 33+ filters. And all you have to do is enter your email below and I’ll send it to you right away.
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This way you know which brands are lying and which ones are not.
For instance, everyone thinks reverse osmosis filters can remove fluoride but this depends on the quality of the system.
As shown in does reverse osmosis remove fluoride, some brands were able to remove fluoride completely while others only removed half or less.
This is even worse when it comes to water filter pitchers but I’ll leave that for you to read.
It’s clear that tea is the leading source of fluoride worldwide.
To add insult to injury, most people use tap water that contains fluoride to brew their tea, putting millions of people in great risk.
With this in mind, it’s hard to believe this is the first time in history that the true levels of fluoride in tea were exposed and tested in large amounts.
But I’m not surprised another person or organization has not done such a thing before, as it takes thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours to do so.
This should be the responsibility of the government.
Yet the government not only let’s teas with deadly levels of fluoride to be sold in stores, it also puts the classified neurotoxin into your water.6
Either way, it was a pleasure to be the one bringing you this information.
Lastly, even if you’re not a pregnant woman, taking care of young children, or a health-conscious individual, everyone will benefit by not putting poison into their bodies.
But the only thing standing in the way of helping millions of others, is being aware of this information.
So if you can, share this article with as many people as you know.
FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)
1. Is There Green Tea Without Fluoride?
Out of all 329+ teas tested, there are no green teas without fluoride.
But there is the Matcha Ginger Buzz from Rishi that only contains 0.2 ppm of fluoride which is the lowest levels of all the teas currently tested.
2. Does Chamomile Tea Have Fluoride?
Chamomile tea does not contain fluoride. In fact, all 12 chamomile teas tested contained 0.0 ppm of fluoride.
3. What Are The Best Fluoride Free Tea Brands?
While testing all of these teas, I also tasted all of the teas that were fluoride-free.
And I’d have to say, these are the best fluoride-free brands:
- Celestial Organics
- Traditional Medicinals
4. How Does Boiling Water Effect Fluoride?
You might think boiling your water for tea would get rid of fluoride like it does with chlorine and germs but in does boiling water remove fluoride, boiling water was found to have zero effect on fluoride levels.