Green Tea Side Effects

drinking green teaGreen Tea Side Effects and how you can enjoy the benefits of green tea without experiencing any of them. Green tea is a proven non toxic substance that has been enjoyed by many cultures for its health benefits for centuries. But, anything can cause side effects when taken in excess. You should not drink excessive amounts of any brewed tea from the Camellia sinensis plant. Black tea, green tea, white tea and oolong tea are from this plant. The processing of the plant makes each tea different.

The usual recommendation is three to four cups of brewed loose leaf green tea a day. The health benefits of green tea far outweigh the side effects that you may experience if you drink in moderation. The green tea antioxidant contains other bioactive compounds, such as catechins (a very powerful antioxidant),theanine
( to help the body feel good and relax), as well as vitamins B and C (to enhance the immune system). The catechins found in green tea are twenty-five to one hundred times as potent as vitamins C and E.

Green tea side effects:

All teas from the Camellia Sinensis plant contain about half the amount of caffeine that is found in coffee. Moderate consumption, three to four cups of green tea a day is unlikely to cause problems for the majority of individuals.

Those individuals that are sensitive to caffeine may experience:

Irregular heart beat
Loss of appetite
Heart Palpitations
Frequent urination
Upset Stomach
Skin rash
Breast feeding mothers should be aware that the caffeine may affect infant’s sleeping habits

Upset stomach

One of the green tea side effects that are most common is upset stomach. That is because studies found that the caffeine and polyphenols in tea stimulate the stomach to release gastric acid. You experience heartburn or gastric upset when stomach acids rise up into the esophagus causing irritation.

Here are some tips on how to deal with green tea and stomach gastric irritation.

If you have a very sensitive stomach, when drinking loose tea, brew it half-strength. Full-strength tea causes the stomach to release more gastric acid. Drink tea in between meals. Avoid drinking tea with a meal or half an hour afterwards. Avoid drinking tea on an empty stomach. Add some fresh ginger to your tea. Ginger soothes the stomach. Add milk and sugar, a 1984 study found that milk and sugar reduce gastric acid production. Other green teas, such as an aged oolong or pu-erh tea tend to be gentler on the stomach. Another alternatively would be to, go herbal.

Pregnancy and Breast feeding

Studies have shown that the green tea side effects have been linked to pregnancy risks. The caffeine, catechins, and tannic acids may have negative effects and cause defects or miscarriages. Although moderate consumption is said to be OK, a mother to be should consider avoiding drinking green tea during early pregnancy. It is important to take folic acid supplements while pregnant to encourage proper development of the baby. Drinking green tea interferes with the production of a hormone necessary for proper development of the baby. This can result in a baby born with defects such as spina bifida.Previous studies have shown that there was a very high incidence of babies born with neural tube births in mothers that drank green tea in their first trimester.

Green tea side effects may occur with some medical conditions and interact with some medications. The caffeine in green tea, as with other beverages that contain caffeine, may interfere with or affect some medications. These medications may be: adenosine, some antibiotics, sedatives, beta blockers, blood thinners, anti-psychotics, MAO inhibitors, some cough and cold medications and weight loss products.

Individuals with heart problems, kidney disease, liver disorders, diabetes high blood pressure, or suffer from an over active thyroid, anxiety disorder or take blood thinners should consult with a health care professional about their nutritional habits. It is important to discuss possible side effects, educate yourself and learn about any precautions or interactions that may occur with green tea and other medications, as well as nutritional supplements.

So what are the side effects of green tea and how do you avoid them?

As with anything, common sense, partake and enjoy in moderation and you will probably not have any negative experiences with any green tea side effects.

I recommend you try Emerald Spring Blend at Adagio Teas

References Medline Plus: Green Tea (Camellia sinensis). green_tea.html.

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