Is Green Tea all that good?

We all might be aware of the fact that green tea has numerous health benefits, it also known to help with weight loss. In the recent years, it has gained lot of popularity as one of the healthiest drinks. Green tea is made from the Cemellia Sinnsis Leaves and it has originated from China. This drink is also produced in various countries in Asia. There are different varieties of green tea such as Sencha, Tencha, Matcha, Konacha, gyokuro and many more.  The down side is that this popular drink is known to have some side effects when consumed in excess. On a daily basis, drinking three to five cups of green tea seems optimal but anything beyond that is not advisable.  In this article, we give you a rundown of some of these side effects.

Side Effects of green tea:

1.    Anemia and Iron Deficiency- There are high chances of developing anemia when you consume too much of green tea. Green tea consists of EGCG, which further produces an enzyme called myeloperoxidase. This ingredient causes inflammation. It is not advisable to consume green tea with foods that are high in iron.

2.    Improper heartbeats: Green tea also contains caffeine, but less than coffee or black tea. However even this small quantity of caffeine at times can stimulate your heart beat. When consumed in excess, it might lead to irregular heartbeats and in some cases might lead to palpitations, which further may result in chest pain.

3.    Glaucoma: By drinking both black and green tea, the caffeine content in them can lead to some problems. Drinking too much tea might increase the pressure in your eye and in some severe cases will lead to glaucoma. Glaucoma is a condition that can cause blindness.

4.    Stomach issues: Although green tea has less amount of caffeine compared to other type of tea or coffee, it still can lead to some issues. Drinking too much in a day, can increase the amount of acid buildup in your digestive system due to the presence of caffeine. When there is too much acid in your digestive track, you may suffer from severe pain or nausea.

-Akhila Kakarala
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