Green Tea Side Effects

Are there any side effects associated with green tea?  A short answer to that question is “Yes”.  But don’t let the answer stop you from continue reading, because there are way more benefits at stake than side effects.

The most important philosophy regarding healthy living is balance.  It also applies when taking supplements like green tea tablets.  Balance here refers to how much.  “How much should I take?” is the question we are going to answer in this article.  When you know the answer to this question, you will not have to worry about side effects.

There are two ingredients you will need to think about regarding the dosage.  It is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and caffeine.  Too much and too little of the two can significantly affect your body.

First let’s focus on the main and active ingredient EGCG.  This is the reason why green tea is special.  It is the source for many health benefits.  But how much is the right amount?

Most lab tests are injections to animals rather than oral consumption by humans.  Tests are mostly short term than long term.  Also many tests are to prove the effectiveness rather than tolerance.  That being said, many experts agree that 300mg is a good amount of EGCG.  A cup of tea is about 100mg. There are successful lab tests without side effect with greater amounts over 800mg, but caution is advised with higher doses of isolated substances such as EGCG.

Side effects of caffeine are more widely known to the public than EGCG.  Caffeine tolerance will vary based on individual’s sensitivity to the stimulant, but many health experts agree that 300mg is a safe daily amount.  If taken more than 500mg you could suffer from side effects such as muscle tremors, fast heartbeat, stomach upset, irritability, restlessness, nervousness and insomnia.

A cup of green tea has about only 20-40mg of caffeine.  However when you are calculating daily amount of caffeine, make sure to include other caffeinated drink you consume regularly as well.

Now that you have a good understanding of dosage and side effects, be sure to look at the fine print when you are shopping for green tea extract pills.

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