As we all know, green tea is filled with anti-oxidants and tons of health benefits, like boosting metabolism and helping you lose weight quicker. But, it turns out that too much green tea can be bad for you.
A 16-year-old who has been drinking three cups of green tea daily was diagnosed with herb-induced hepatitis. Known as herbal hepatotoxicity, this condition happens when too much herbs or supplements are ingested by the body.
An ingredient called catechin is the culprit here. The natural phenol and antioxidant can greatly harm your liver if consumed too much.
A gastroenterologist Niekt Sonpal of NYC says, “When you start taking the extracts and boiling them down into concentrated capsules, it’s kind of like little tiny bombs going into your liver.”
There’s no need to fret though. As long as you’re consuming about one or two cups a day, green tea is safe for the most part. The condition is rare and only occurs if you consume green tea religiously and have several cups daily.