While there is a lot of hype and fanfare about all of the amazing, healing properties of green tea, you do not hear much in the way of warnings about its side effects. If you think for a minute, it only makes sense that if green tea can fight cancer, stave off heart problems and cure acne, it must have some negative side effects.
The other reason that some side effects of green tea may manifest themselves is that, in an attempt to be healthy, people go from drinking no tea at all to drinking too much tea too quickly. So while green tea is likely to have no adverse affects if imbibed in moderation, here are some of the side effects that you may experience if you are an overzealous green tea drinker.
While green tea is good for you, it also has about half of the caffeine that coffee does. So if you are drinking it in large amounts, you may find yourself restless and irritable. You may also notice any of the other symptoms that go along with ingesting too much caffeine like tremors, hart palpitations, nausea, rash or suppressed appetite.
If you have a sensitive stomach, you may also find that drinking green tea can cause upset because it stimulates gastric acid. Adding milk and sugar can lessen the effect. You also want to be aware that tea blocks the absorption of some nutrients like iron. So if you tend to be anemic at all, you will want to be aware of this property of green tea.
To avoid many of these problems a little common sense can go a long way. If you simply follow your grandmother’s advice and do everything in moderation, you should be fine. If you are adding green tea as a new component to your diet, start slowly, and enjoy everything there is to enjoy about a good cup of green tea.