Is Green Tea As Healthy As You Think?

Posted In: Dietician-Nutritionist     2018-02-26     44

When we think of ‘green’ it means safe and healthy, so it’s in our perception that going green is healthier and safer you.


Just as most of us’ daily favorite beverage, green tea, which we have been considering it to be the healthier option for beverage over others available in the market. Since green tea has been labeled as one the healthiest drinks, but one thing we should always remember that it is also prepared from the same leaves as generic black tea.


The only difference lies is while the green tea leaves’ processing, the leaves do not undergo the process of fermentation and withering, which retain the nutrients content of the leaves. Now its very easy to find doctor nearby in Bangalore with Cureplus

Though the side effects are way less than the side effects caused by generic tea, however, green tea has relatively few side effects. They are listed below:


1.      Stomach related problems


Tannins present in the green tea leaves can cause digestive problems, it increases the stomach acidity. As the green tea does not undergo the process of fermentation or oxidation, so the tannins are not removed. Hence lead to stomach issues such as nausea, stomachache, and constipation.


2.      Iron Deficiency and Anemia


Green tea is boosted with antioxidants such as catechins, which can lead to the reduction of iron absorption from food. Having an iron deficiency means a high risk of anemia; it is a condition when the body loses the capacity of forming new red blood cells. Anemia leads to fatigue as well as tiredness as the sufficient oxygen is not reaching to the cells of the body due to the low level of hemoglobin.


3.      Drug interactions


If you are under medication, you should check it with your doctor. Because some of the chemical drugs are highly reactive with polyphenols present in the green tea, especially drugs like ephedrine, nicotine, and dipyridamole. These polyphenols can also interfere with the healing properties of bortezomib, an anti-cancer drug.


4.      Risky for Glaucoma patient


Green tea contains caffeine just like other beverages. Caffeine present in the tea can seriously affect the glaucoma patient. Drinking green tea can severely raise the pressure in the eye. The time period of this occurrence starts from 30 minutes of drinking the tea and it lasts for nearly 90 minutes.


5.      Harmful to pregnant woman


Caffeine present in it has the capability to drop down the calcium content of the body, which results in weaker bones. And also, tannins, catechins, and caffeine can increase the risk of miscarriage and other negative effects in the pregnancy.