Pros and Cons of Green Tea

Many reports show that drinking green tea can be very beneficial to our health, which is not surprising considering that green tea has been used as traditional medicine for so many years. In areas such as India, China, Japan and Thailand, green tea has been used to help everything from controlling bleeding and helping heal wounds to regulating body temperature, blood sugar and promoting digestion.

Benefits of Green Tea

The potential benefits of consuming green tea have, for the most part, not been proven by scientific research, however, some research has credited green tea with the following health benefits.

  • Preventing cancer.
  • Treating multiple sclerosis.
  • Stopping diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
  • Neutralising the spread of free radicals.
  • Reducing the negative effects of LDL (bad) cholesterol.
  • Raising metabolism.
  • Encourages the formation of scabs if applied directly to a wound.

Negatives of Green Tea

The major concern with drinking too much green tea is the caffeine it contains. Too much caffeine can cause nausea, insomnia or frequent urination.

New Scientist points to recent research has shown consuming very large quantities of green tea can be dangerous as it can cause damage to the liver and kidneys:

Green tea is good for you, but only if drunk in moderation. While the polyphenols in green tea are credited with preventing heart disease and cancer, it seems they can cause liver and kidney damage if consumed in very large quantities, a review of studies into the toxicity of polyphenols has shown.

He stresses that up to 10 small cups of green tea a day is fine. Problems are likely in people who take supplements, which can contain up to 50 times as much polyphenol as a single cup of tea.

In summary, keeping drinking green tea for its numerous benefits but the benefits of taking supplements may outweigh the risks.