Green tea is considered to be one of the healthiest beverages on earth. Tea is the second most consumed drink just after water. It was used in China and India in medicine, both in mental and physical health. And now, in modern times, its properties are being used outside medicine too. You can find it in the beauty industry as well.
However, you have to consider green tea’s side effects. Everything that is overly used can have its disadvantages.
Let’s start with the basics. Green tea comes from Camellia sinensis nonoxidized leaves, its leaves are the least processed ones out of all the tea leaves out there such as black, white and oolong tea. Green tea without exceptions contains caffeine. Though for many people, green tea can be a substitute for those who are trying to cut off the daily caffeine which they get from consuming coffee. You can find green tea in various types such as: in a tea bag, a leaf, powdered and in case you want to skip increased numbers of going to the bathroom, there are green tea supplements as well. The benefits that green tea have been proven to be from helping prevent types of cancers to helping treat skin diseases.
While we can ramble on and on about green tea’s benefits, today we are going to discuss its side effects.
Scroll down below to find out green tea’s side effects, or precautions and warnings you need to know about.
1. Sleeping Problems
We have already pointed out the fact that just like any other tea leaves, green tea contains caffeine. So, if you are a fan of sleeping and are experiencing sleeping problems while you are enjoying your cups of green tea then you might want to cut down on those intakes. Chemicals in green tea prevent the release of melatonin which assists our body to sleep. Green tea also contains the chemical theanine, which induces calm, however, it increases our vigilance and our concentration – resulting in having troubles to sleep.
If you are drinking more than necessary then that can end in having anxiety, nervousness or shakiness.
As a side note for the people who are sensitive towards caffeine, it’s recommended not to drink green tea five hours prior to sleeping.
People who are suffering from migraine should not drink green tea every day. The caffeine can cause headaches for certain people. And if you are sensitive to caffeine, withdraw from drinking green tea altogether.
3. Iron Deficiency and Anemia
Consuming too much green tea may lead to iron deficiency. This is due to the antioxidants that green tea has. Those antioxidants can halt the iron absorption in the body. This side effect is shown to be very dangerous especially for people with diseases such as anemia. In these diseases, iron is lacking, therefore, those individuals are recommended to avoid green tea consumption just as a precaution.
Some say that adding lemon to the green tea or drinking green tea before meals can help with this problem.
Drinking too much green tea may lead to vomiting. An Indian study has shown that the polyphenols in green tea can trigger nausea and vomiting. Skip drinking more than four cups of the tea every day if you are a tea lover. However, if you have just started drinking green tea, start slow and see how your body reacts to it.
Due to the caffeine in green tea, if consumed in large amounts it can cause dizziness or make you feel lightheaded. Caffeine reduces the blood flow to the brain and central nervous system issuing problems such as dizziness.
6. Breastfeeding and Pregnancy
WebMD suggests having cautious intakes of green tea while pregnant or breastfeeding. Consuming more than two cups a day is reasonably safe, however, more than that is considered to be dangerous and that is due to the caffeine. When nursing, the caffeine passes through breast milk which might have effects on the infant. Be cautious and don’t drink more than two cups a day.
As we have seen through this whole article, the main reason why green tea can have a side effect on the body and mind is due to the caffeine in it. Other side effects that are caused because of it can be:
- High blood pressure
- Heart conditions
- Stomach problems
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Muscle tremors
- Might make anxiety worse
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