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The Side Effects of Green Tea for Weight Loss

by Gab Billones


There has been a lot of health claims for green tea. The extract of green tea is known as an effective remedy for Type II Diabetes. It is also widely used for weight control after having been tested by many health experts.

But there’s a much untold part of the story. And this is on whether there are adverse effects that green tea brings to the body most especially for those people who take it every day to control their weight.


The main component of green tea are gallated catechins, which are a certain type of flavonoid. One of their main functions is to inhibit the uptake of lipids as well as intestinal glucose. Therefore, before being consumed by the body itself, these flavonoids already bar the digestion of these macromolecules. And this has singled out approvals from the doctors themselves, stressing that by taking a dose of green tea every day, people reduce the blood glucose concentrations with the right amount of catechins.

Yet there are side effects. An example of which is the sudden increase in insulin resistance if these gallated catechins are already in the bloodstream. When cells are unable to respond to the hormone insulin, glucose becomes harder to regulate. Thus, it’s becomes a risk for obese people.

Simply put, consumption of green tea extract in isolation does not give benefits in weight loss and diabetes treatment. However, it has to be complemented with the resin polyethylene glycol to mark reasonable developments.

Another side effect of green tea is the fact that it contains tannins. Tannins actually reduce the absorption of iron in the intestines, sometimes causing iron deficiency anemia to some people. However, green tea would be beneficial for those who have excessive levels of iron in their bodies.

But just as any other medication, there are other side effects while taking green tea and this can be really bothersome. Some of which are constipation, diarrhea, nausea, restlessness, insomnia, jittering and stomachaches. Most of these body reactions happen in the first to second week of regular intake of green tea. When the goal of taking green tea is on losing weight, the bodily mindset responds by taking more of the extract so that the effects will transpire as soon as possible.

There are also worse side effects of such tea intakes on some people and this can include severe allergic reactions such as rashes and swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue. In certain instances, it leads to tightness in the chest and difficulty in breathing. When those issues arise, it is very important to seek medical attention.

To optimize the benefits of green tea intake, one must not drink it when the stomach is empty. Most of those people who suffer nausea and upset stomach after drinking green tea are those who took it first in the morning. To prevent this, one must drink the tea after meals. Addition of milk to the tea could also mitigate cases of nausea though it might inactivate some healthy polyphenols.

In order to minimize nervousness and heart palpitations, one must consider drinking the decaffeinated green tea. This is primarily important to people who are very sensitive to caffeine additions in their drinks.

Most importantly, if you’re taking any other medication, consult with your doctor before taking the tea. It’s important to know whether the tea interacts with these medications to ensure that your health isn’t compromised.


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