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A lot of people today are opting for green tea . Why, you might ask? Well, it seems that this new mass adoption of green tea has as much to do with the healthy benefits of green tea as the awesome taste of drinking it hot or cold.

Green tea, and all real tea, is a very popular tea in China and all botanists believe that the plant originated in Asia. The caffeine content of this drink can increase body alertness, defend against drowsiness, and increase capacity for physical labor. However, this isn’t suitable for everybody. Too much green tea can cause negative effects to the body due to the caffeine content if taken excessively. One thing to note as well is that white tea, black tea, and green tea ( as well as the different types of teas within those categories) can all have different features, and if you are confused, here is a great post about Differences Between Green Tea and White Tea .

How much is too much green tea?

As we all know, too much of one thing is never been good for our health. So the question must be asked, how much is too much green tea? For people who want to know the exact amount of green tea to drink, it is really hard to state a rule as there are so many variables, such as the tea drinker size, the amount of time they have had drinking tea, individuals sensitivity to caffeine, as well as the types of tea leaves being used but it might be a good guide to say more that 5-6 cups of tea is a good range to put yourself in.

green tea steeping in a white cup
a nice brew for this cup of green tea

Again, please let me clarify that this is only a guide, and you are the only one who can judge the interactions and feelings of your body after tea. Personally, I enjoy around 10 cups of green tea a day.

Symptoms of having too much tea in a day

If you have had too much tea in a day, you might want to watch out for possible symptoms such as: nervousness, headache, vomiting, sleeplessness, irritability, diarrhea, irregular heartbeat, heartburn, tremor, dizziness, confusion, and convulsion. Another thing about tea is that it has the capacity to lessen the amount of iron absorbed from food. To get all the benefits of drinking green tea, drink in moderation.

I do not want to scare anyone away from drinking tea it is just important to know that although it is thought of as a good thing to drink, you can have too much of a good thing. Even water, one of the things humans are made of, can be fatal if too much is consumed.

Benefits of drinking tea

Now enough of the bad talk, let’s talk about the good aspects of drinking tea. Catechins are the major component of green tea which is considered as a strong antioxidant that can lower cholesterol, help fight certain cancers, and can make one fit and healthy. With so many benefits of tea in the body, some people make this as a component of their delicious smoothies. Combined with other fruits, this can lessen the bitter taste and refresh one’s body after work. According to research, consuming 3 cups of green tea a day can provide 240 up to 320 mg of polyphenols.


So at the end of the day, you are really the only one who can choose how much tea you are drinking each day and what is right for your body so just stay safe and drink a reasonable amount of tea as there are a lot of green tea benefits that can be enjoyed daily and safely.