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The Risk Factors with Green Tea Intake

Green tea has been hailed as a modern super food. It has been hailed for its nutritious component, as well as its positive impact on health.

It has polyphenols and vitamin K that have a relaxing effect on your nervous system. Green tea reduces the development of free radicals, which works to prevent aging damage to the body and the blood vessels.

Green tea also improves cognitive function and overall brain performance. The components of green tea block adenosdine receptors, which enables your brain to have increased activity. As a result, green tea may help you become more productive.

Green tea has also been claimed to keep the mind sharp and reduce the risk of brain damage from diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. It also reduces the likelihood of dementia.

Green tea helps you to burn fat, which reduces the risk of diabetes. It also boosts heart health and helps heal you heart. It also lowers the risk of cancer.

It also keeps you hydrated, maintains healthy skin, improves the overall mood and aids digestion.

However, green tea has some side effects that may cause you to limit your green tea intake. Here are a number of the most concerning ones.

 May cause stomach problems and vomiting

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Green tea may cause digestive problems that almost mirror some of the withdrawal symptoms for people undergoing  morphine addiction treatment. The caffeine levels in green tea could increase the amount of acid in the stomach, which greatly affects digestion.

Taking green tea may also result in oxidative stress, which could be responsible for nausea and vomiting. It is recommended to take around 300 to 500 mg of caffeine, which is roughly the equivalent of eight 250-ml cups of green tea.

Higher risk of anaemia

Green tea increases the likelihood of iron deficiency and anaemia. Green tea bonds with compounds in iron and reduces their effectiveness. The nutrients of iron-rich meals are wasted by this bonding action, which also affects the effectiveness of antioxidants in green tea.

EGCG, the antioxidant component of green tea, inhibits myeloperoxidase, which increases the likelihood of swelling and anaemia. Green tea reduces the absorption rates of iron, which prevents this necessary element from finding its way into the bloodstream.

Could cause insomnia

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Green tea will increase your likelihood of experiencing insomnia and sleeplessness, due to its high caffeine content.

In order to get the full benefit of green tea, you should manage your green tea schedule in order to get full benefit. By failing to sleep, you will be at a higher risk of developing diabetes, increased likelihood of brain damage, stress and anxiety, as well as a reduced cognitive ability.

In order to get the full benefits of green tea without experiencing side effects that may be detrimental, you should manage your green tea intake to allow you enough time to break it down, which will reduce any risk of insomnia.

May cause severe diarrhoea

Green tea can send your body into minor anabolic shock, which may result in diarrhoea. This usually happens when you are new to green tea, but subsides slowly as you become used to the drink.

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Excessive intake of green tea may cause gas. It stimulates the colon muscles, which may result in increased muscle tremors and contractions. This will cause a restless stomach, as well as an increased likelihood of aggravated spasms, gas and diarrhoea.

Could increase likelihood of liver diseases

Tea extracts such as green tea have been highlighted as responsible for side effects such as liver failure. The catechins and other antioxidants in green tea may cause liver toxicity and failure if taken in large amounts.

Polyphenols and other components of green tea have also been linked with an increased risk of developing liver probems. Before taking green tea supplements for weight loss, you should consider finding it=ut whether they are ideal and safe for use.

 May increase blood pressure

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Green tea increases the rate of blood pressure within the blood vessels.

The body takes in flavanoids at a heightened t=rate, which increases blood pressure levels. It also contains caffeine, which is a stimulant. It will stimulate the body and increase the rate of blood pressure. Caffeine also blocks your arteries from regular expansion and convulsion.

This side effect is the key reason why certain blood pressure medications recommend against simultaneous intake with green tea. ‘If you have concerns about your blood pressure levels, or are taking medication, it is important to get some recommendation from your doctor regarding the safety of green tea intake in your case.

 Harms the thyroid gland

Green tea can affect the functioning of the thyroid gland.

The thyroid gland is responsible for hormone production Green tea affects the thyroid’s ability to produce certain hormone, as well as causing its inflammation. A high green tea intake is also linked with an increase in the risk of premenopausal thyroid cancer.

Can wear out teeth

Green tea has a high acid content that wears out teeth on the long run.

Green tea’s acidit, and presence of acidic tannins wears out teeth as well as stains them. It also inhibits the intake of calcium in the body, which is important for bone development and growth. ‘As a result of regular green tea intake, you may harm your teeth and bones.

Final thoughts

Green tea is a healthy beverage that is recommended to reduce the risk of a large number of conditions. You cannot go wrong with green tea.

However, green tea has some side effects as well, which largely arise from its high caffeine content. Increasing artificial sweeteners also increases the risk and consequences of these side effects. It is important to balance your intake to get full benefit.

If you are worried about facing increased risk of side effects, or if you may be at greater risk of harm from the consequences, such as having anaemia, you should get medical advice from your doctor regarding any green tea intake.

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  1. Hi Sayeri,

    All these days I have only knew about the various benefits of having green tea. I didn’t knew about the ill effects of having them. I am glad I landed on your post. You have shared excellent information which is worth taking note of.

    Thank you for sharing, have a good day. 🙂

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