Green Tea Side Effects: Here’s How Drinking Too Much Green Tea Can Harm You
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If you care about your overall caffeine intake, you would have likely considered switching to green tea.  And why not? Research suggests that green tea has antioxidants called catechins that boast a slew of health benefits. It’s linked to everything from preventing cancer to controlling diabetes to helping you lose weight. Unfortunately, like everything else too much green tea can also have its side effects. Worrisome right? Let us dig in more into the matter.

Concentrated Cups of Green Tea Can Hurt Your Liver

If your cups of green tea are too concentrated and if you overdo on supplements or drinks marketed to aid weight loss, you may potentially experience its side effects. Did you know too-high doses of herbs and toxins can inhibit the liver from doing its job correctly? This can potentially lead to an infection. From Weight Loss to Cancer Prevention, 6 Healthy Reasons to Switch to Green Tea.

Over Consumption of Green Tea May Cause Iron deficiency

Further, the tannins in green tea may inhibit non-heme iron absorption.  That means your body might be less equipped to take in iron from plant-based and fortified sources, like beans, eggs, or dairy when you’re sipping. That said, green tea doesn’t appear to affect absorption from heme sources of iron, like meat.

You May Get a Tainted Smile

You may not be aware of this but green tea can have worse effects on your teeth than coffee. Cheap varieties of green tea have the potential to stain your teeth over time. Therefore, buy only premium variants that have less colouring.  Caffeine-Free Alternatives to Tea That Will Cool Your Body Down.

Exercising Caution

If you have an autoimmune disease anything from allergies or asthma or even hepatitis B or C infection, you might want to skip the soothing drink altogether. It's true that green tea can boost your immune system if you have such an autoimmune disease, that stimulus can actually throw your body out of whack.

Bottomline - Despite a few downsides, green tea’s good-for-you benefits outweigh the risks. Of course, you should not guzzle tea like water and cap your cups at four a day. To get the most out of your sips, drink green tea on an empty stomach as this may help with the absorption of the antioxidants.