Did you know? Green tea is not as healthy as you think

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While we all agree with researchers and other studies that validate the health benefits of green tea, there are quite a few studies that point to the side effects of green tea as well, if consumed in large amounts.

It’s a known fact that everything you eat or drink is fine, as far as you consume it in moderation. Now, we all have been hearing about the numerous health benefits of green tea and how you must have 5-6 cups every day for better health.

So much has been written about its magical effects that many dieticians make green tea an important part of your weight loss plan.

The side effects of green tea

While we all agree with researchers and other studies that validate the health benefits of green tea, there are quite a few studies that point to the side effects of green tea as well, if consumed in large amounts.

In fact, the American College of Gastroenterology has released new guidelines about the green tea extract and mentions that it could be harmful for the liver, if consumed in large amounts [1]. Here’s how it can be detrimental to your health.

  • Green tea may be particularly problematic for people who are hormonal medications such as thyroid disorders, blood thinners and other medications that interfere with the hormones.
  • The main reason for these side effects are the antioxidant compounds known as catechins, which can have an impact on mitochondria the powerhouses of your cells and gradually affect your liver.
  • Like any other tea, the caffeine content of green tea is very high. One cup of green tea contains 25mg to 45mg of caffeine. Now imagine the amount of caffeine you’re having if you’re consuming say around 5-6 cups a day. Excessive caffeine can be harmful for the body and lead to anxiety disorders, insomnia, diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome[2,3].
  • Research also says that green tea can cause anaemia as it hampers the absorption of iron in your body, which can be dangerous for pregnant and lactating woman.[4]

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  • The phytochemicals present in green tea can also interact with other drugs that you might be taking and might also lead to adverse reactions, especially in those who’re taking heart and blood pressure medications.

How much green tea should you have?

Experts recommend having not more than two cups of green tea per day. If you want to have more, consult your physician.

Always remember that everything should be consumed in moderation and do not depend on one such food items or drinks for weight loss. A healthy diet complemented with at least 30 minutes of exercise is the key to healthy body and a disease-free life.

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Citations:
1. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17133573; http://www.nature.com/ajg/journal/v109/n7/full/ajg2014131a.html
2. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22928360
3. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19999796
4. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21068474