Excessive Use of Green Tea

"Anything in Excess Can be Harmful to Your Health"

Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 09:35

Considering green tea, a useful addition to our diet, doesn't mean you should drink it all day long. Despite providing health rewards, its excess intake could give some unpleasant results.

While health experts say that you should aim at not more than three cups of green tea a day, exceeding this number could have several side effects. Like any other tea, green tea also contains caffeine. And excessive intake of caffeine is linked to anxiety, shakiness, and nervousness, IndiaTimes reports.

Iron deficiency and anaemia: According to a study, green tea, if taken after an iron-rich diet, can impact its absorption. The compounds present in green tea could affect the iron content, making this healthy drink lose its anti-oxidant properties.

It could cause irregular heartbeat: Excess intake of caffeine could impact the heartbeat. You may experience higher heartbeat and may feel a pounding sensation. If this condition worsens, it could even result in chest pain or angina (which is an intense localized pain). If you experience irregular heartbeat, cut back on the consumption of green tea.

Diarrhea and vomiting: Another content of green tea, polyphenol, if taken in excess can trigger oxidative stress. This could further cause vomiting and nausea. In severe conditions, excess intake of green tea could also cause diarrhea. Surplus consumption of green tea can stimulate the muscles in the digestive tract, which is responsible for stomach disorders. If you've a history of stomach disorders, you must seek an expert advice before consuming green tea.

Muscle contractions: Another side effect of consuming green tea in excess is that it may cause muscle tremors and contractions. You may experience muscle spasms and twitching. Excess intake of caffeine is also linked with restless leg syndrome (which is an irresistible urge to move legs, typically in the evenings) and if you are prone to this disease, you must keep a check on your green tea intake.

Bleeding disorders: This is a condition that impacts the way your blood normally clots. Coagulation, also referred to as clotting process changes your blood from liquid to solid. When we get injured, our blood forms a solid clot and prevents excessive blood loss. But there are people who suffer from bleeding disorders and caffeine can increase the risk of bleeding.

Diabetes: This so-called 'healthy-drink' is harmful to those who suffer from type 2 diabetes. A number of studies have proven that people with type 2 diabetes experience difficulties in its treatment if they drink green tea in excess.

Tinnitus: This 'ringing in the ears' sensation can aggravate if beverages high in caffeine are consumed. Being a source of caffeine, consuming green tea in excess can provoke this condition.

Skin allergies: You might have to cut back on the intake of green tea if you experience tingling sensation on the face, throat, lips or tongue. In some people, green tea has also been found to cause skin related issues such as eczema and hives.


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