The Green Tea Debate

You know what they say, too much of a good thing is a bad thing – the same can be said if you’re a huge fan of green tea. Now before you go all crazy on me and start reciting all of the positive benefits that come with green tea, let me make it clear that the supplements are what you should be paying very close attention to. The tea? Not so much…

Recent studies have been released that suggest the intake of green tea supplements that exceeds the recommended daily dosage can do more harm than good. Green tea has been thought of as a cancer-fighting, heart disease ass-kicking, belly flab buster for quite some time due to extensive research on polyphenols. Polyphenols have even been shown to alleviate some pain for those suffering with rheumatoid arthritis. But, new research has shown that excessive intake of polyphenols can lead to high levels of toxicity in your liver and kidneys.

Like I said earlier in this article, supplement takers should be wary since green tea in pill-form can contain up to 50 times more polyphenols than a single cup of brewed green tea. Researchers suggest those who take these supplements do not exceed that daily recommendation or to just swap out the pills with the real stuff. Why? Green tea sippers can drink 10 cups of green tea a day without experiencing any of the negative side effects that the supplement users may experience.

They even conducted some experiments that showed how easily it is for a human to “overdose” on green tea supplements – it showed extreme levels of toxicity. They then rectified the situation by cutting green tea supplement pills out of their daily regimen, which made those symptoms vanish. However, they then asked the study candidates to start their green tea supplement regimen all over again only to see the same levels of toxicity return.

The moral of the story is, everything can be fine in moderation. If you happen to take green tea pills, just make sure you are being responsible with them – do not exceed the daily recommended dosage and always take with a full glass of water. As for my fellow green tea sippers, bottoms up!