Green Tea: Benefits and Side Effects

Green tea offers many benefits such as lowering risk of cardiovascular diseases and lowers cholesterol, but it also has side effects including caffeine content, nervousness, heartburn, etc.

 Green tea has become the latest fashion fad in weight loss, with many people swearing by green tea helping them lose weight. In addition to losing weight, green tea has also been touted to helping in reducing risk against a lot of diseases because of its many benefits. However, as the popular theory suggests – each action has an equal and opposite reaction. Similarly, in addition to benefits and advantages, green tea also has many side effects and disadvantages.

Green tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis, similar to black tea but does not go through the similar oxidization process that black tea is put through. The minimal oxidation results in the green color of the leaves. Green tea is native to China and India and has been consumed worldwide for its health benefits. Although, it has been a part of Asian culture and has been used as a part of herbal medicine, scientists are still trying to figure out all the benefits of green tea.

They are also trying to check out the authenticity of all the claims that have been made by people who use and promote green tea.

Green Tea Benefits

Green Tea Side Effects

  • High amounts of antioxidants and polyphenols
  • May help in weight reduction
  • May help in reducing risk of death from cardiovascular diseases
  • May help in lowering fasting blood sugar
  • May help in lowering cholesterol
  • Green tea bags when applied to skin helps soothe sunburn and decrease puffy eyes
  • Natural chemicals in the tea are thought to provide its anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic effects
  • May help in decreasing tumor growth
  • Helpful in preventing dental cavities, stress, chronic fatigue, treating skin conditions and improving arthritis by reducing inflammation
  • May help reduce the risk of stroke
  • May help enhance working memory
  • May help in preventing inflammation and swelling
  • May help in protecting cartilage between the bones, and lessen joint degeneration
  • May protect the brain from risk of Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s
  • Helps treat warts
  • Helps treat dental diseases
  • Excessive amounts of tea can result in liver toxicity
  • Excessive amounts of caffeine in the system can be harmful
  • May studies regarding green tea benefits such as its ability to reduce risk of cancer and type 2 diabetes have been inconclusive or has little information
  • Women that are pregnant or nursing should not consume tea without the approval of a doctor
  • Should not mixed with prescription drugs or medications
  • Should be consulted with a doctor before consuming for people who have heart diseases, stomach problems or any mood conditions
  • Should not be consumed on an empty stomach because of high risk of toxicity
  • May increase the change of iron deficiency
  • May increase the risk of osteoporosis
  • Decreases the body’s ability to absorb iron, making it harmful for people with iron deficiency
  • Green tea can increase pressure in the eye for an hour or more
  • People who suffer from liver damage should not consume green tea
  • The caffeine in green tea might increase blood pressure in people with high blood pressure

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