Sunday, August 15, 2010


| Sunday, August 15, 2010 | 4 comments

We all know that the British love their tea. Can you imagine the uproar in the UK and amongst Brits all over the world when  the British Medical Journal revealed some interesting and maybe controversial findings?
Scientists discovered that drinking a steaming cup of tea can significantly spike your chances of esophageal cancer. Compared with drinking warm or lukewarm tea, hot tea was associated with doubling the risk of the throat cancer, and very hot tea was associated with an eight-fold increased risk. The quicker the cups were consumed, the greater the odds for the person getting sick became.

In an accompanying editorial in the journal, Dr. David Whiteman, M.D., from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Australia states: “The mechanism through which heat promotes the development of tumors warrants further exploration and might be given renewed impetus on the basis of these findings.”
Dr. Whiteman advises tea-drinkers to simply wait a few minutes for their brew to cool from “scalding” to “tolerable.” Or, you can add milk to the tea, which will cause its temperature to drop quickly.
So, there is still a chance if you just have some patience, or add milk to your tea, you should be safe, what a relief then?
However, wait a minute now; here comes another revelation for those who swear to the health insurance of drinking green tea. So given that we have found a solution for those tea drinkers who use black tea, it now remains to see what is in store for the green tea drinkers.
Most people think of the positive effects of green tea. However, while this type of tea does offer some excellent benefits, many directly related to health, it is also important to understand there are some negative effects of green tea leaves. Just as with many foods and drinks we consume, green tea may not be good for everyone. Therefore, we will address some of the negative effects of green tea leaves so you can determine if this is right for you.
Green tea comes from a bush in the Camellia family, which is why the official name for green tea is Camellia sinensis. Today, green tea is grown in more than 50 countries to include Argentina, Brazil, and Russia, among others.
Study after study shows positive effects on the body, meaning the negative effects of green tea leaves is minimal. For instance, green tea contains powerful antioxidants that have been proven to help fight various forms of cancer, as well as tooth decay, obesity, high cholesterol, and heart disease. Because of the amazing benefits, the level of consumption for green tea has skyrocketed throughout the globe.
When it comes to the negative effects of green tea leaves, an alert has to be given to pregnant women. Although most doctors agree that a small consumption of green tea is fine but when large amounts are consumed, caffeine can increase the risk of spontaneous abortion, low birth rate, and even growth retardation. Keep in mind that these risks are associated with the beverage of green tea, as well as supplements.
EGCG molecules, which are similar to a methotrexate compound, work by fighting off cancer cells by bonding with the dihydrofolate reductase enzyme, which is good in non-pregnant women. However, in pregnant women, the negative effects of green tea leaves involves involve the epigallocatechins, otherwise known as EGCG. In this situation, EGCG can affect the way in which the body uses folate, which is vital in the prevention of neural tube birth defects.
Nursing women should also consider the negative effects of green lea leaves. Remember, green tea is high in caffeine. Therefore, a woman who is breastfeeding and consuming green tea would be passing the caffeine on to the baby. Even small amounts or green tea powder used for baking, smoothies, and other foods should be avoided while nursing a baby.
In addition, negative effects of green tea leaves would link to individuals who have allergies. In this case, someone who is caffeine sensitive could develop problems such as hives and rash from consuming green tea. With caffeine being a stimulant that affects the central nervous system, other problems could result such as insomnia, excessive urination, reduction of potassium levels, and even incontinence.
Many population studies documenting green tea health benefits are based in Asia, where people typically drink 3 cups a day. The United Kingdom Tea Council recommends drinking up to 6 cups a day.
What can go wrong with drinking too much green tea? Three reasons: caffeine intolerance, minerals overdose and various side effects.

We can take precautions against various side effects like indigestion and reduction in absorption of non-heme iron by avoiding tea drinking around mealtimes or on empty stomach.
We do not want to spoil the pleasure of an afternoon tea so please, enjoy your tea, whether it’s the black or green version.
One last word;
Taking any healthy food excessively and it is likely to turn into a poison.


Ekowisata Ujungkulon said...

I'm glad for not to be a heavy tea drinker. Thanks for your advice and visit to my blog.

Worlds Enterprise said...

i like to drik tea, but i do not know about the danger

Taufik said...

nice post.... cant you translate this post to Indonesia.. than sent to my mail okay
my enghlish very " semrawut " hehehe

Best Seo said...

Good info friend, thank for your share because i like tea

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