If you ever spoke to anyone or a fitness coach about losing weight, there is a 90% chance, they mentioned to you that you need to consume more green tea.
Although it has many more amazing benefits, weight-loss seems to be the most popular reason.
Green tea, however, is way more complicated that you probably know.
First, green tea can arguably be the healthiest drink on the planet; as it is made by steaming and pan-frying Camellia sinensis plant (leaves) and then drying them.
It has numerous benefits, but some of the most known ones are:
- Aids weight-loss by increasing fat burning and improving physical performance.
- Treats stomach disorders.
- Lowers the risk, and prevent various cancers.
- Fights depression.
- Reduces the risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
- Help damaged skin.
- Helps improve brain function (makes you smarter).
- Reduces the risk of having diabetes type 2.
- Lowers the risk of heart disease and stroke.
- Enhances the immune system.
Now, let’s go to the not-so popular side effects, you should know about.
It is worthy to note that studies show that people who consumed green tea in moderation, do not experience these side effects. (Moderation can only be confirmed by your health coach as it can be easily subjective to different interpretations).
- The caffeine in green tea can cause nausea, diarrhea or general stomach pain.
- Can cause Insomnia.
- Irregular heartbeat.
- Anemia and Iron deficiency,
- It can lower fertility.
- Can cause teeth discoloration.
- Aggravates the bladder causing frequent urination.
- Can affect the functioning of the thyroid gland.
- Kidney issues, skin allergies, osteoporosis., and many more.
Green tea should be avoided by pregnant women, and people who are taking medications; and must never be taken on an empty stomach.
The key word here is moderation, you should not be taking more than 1200 ml or 250 mg of catechins of green tea daily.
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