Green tea brings in enormous health benefits but a new study has found that the beverage could do more harm than good if taken in large quantities.
Green tea is made from fresh leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. It is one of the least processed forms of tea and retains majority of anti-oxidants and polyphenols, which can bring in numerous benefits to health.
Green tea can boost your metabolism and prevent cold. Unlike black tea, green tea is made up of unfermented leaves. Fermentation reduces the natural antioxidant compounds or polyphenols present in leaves, making green tea rich in antioxidants than black tea.
It is recommended to have only 2 to 3 cups of Green tea each day, which can give you 240 to 320 milligrams of polyphenols. If you would like to take green tea extract supplements, 100 to 750 milligrams each day is suggested.
Reportedly, there are a few negative effects of drinking green tea in large amounts. The tannins present in green tea can decrease absorption of folic acid, which is a very important vitamin in decreasing birth defects. If you are trying to get pregnant, limit green tea consumption to 2 cups a day or skip it all together.
Green tea can interfere with the absorption of iron, hence you can avoid drinking green tea with meals and drink before a meal. Excess consumption of Green tea can lead to liver damage as the high concentrated doses can damage your liver cells. This will develop hepatotoxicity, a condition where too many herbs or supplements chemically influence liver.