Green tea is often advertised as one of the flat-out healthiest beverages you can drink – and it is, when done to moderation. It’s been shown in research studies to boost your metabolic rate and induce weight loss, reduce blood sugar readings – which is especially important for diabetics, make it less likely to get cancer, and improve brain functioning.
It was reported this week that British doctors had to treat a teenager from Yemen recently, who walked into Birmingham Hospital with symptoms ranging from nausea and joint pain, to dizziness and upset stomach. Doctors quickly determined that her liver was inflamed, her skin was jaundiced and her eyes had taken on a yellowish pallor. This collection of symptoms is characterizes a viral infection that leads to hepatitis.
Hepatitis can be caused by excessive alcohol consumption; but it turns out that the 16 year old had only been drinking three cups of green tea for the past several months in an effort to lose weight. Apparently, this was excessive for her body; and once she was told to stop drinking the green tea and had undergone a bout of treatment consisting of drugs and fluid, the swelling in her liver diminished back to normal in a couple of months – all while under hospital observation.
Further investigation revealed that, although it isn’t clear that three cups of green tea a day for several months is necessarily a bad thing, the green tea that the girl bought online was made with a plant named Camellia Sinensis, and had been the cause of the young girl’s hepatitis. Several kinds of tea, in fact, are actually made from this plant; including black tea and oolong tea.
It remains to be seen whether that particular plant was the culprit, or whether she simply had been drinking too much green tea. There’s some speculation that pesticides on that particular strain may be to blame for hepatitis.
However, since medical cases stemming from the use (misuse) of herbal remedies are underreported, and there have actually been similar cases involving green tea and liver issues in the past, the takeaway from the teenager’s case may be simple: do everything to moderation, and three cups of green tea per day is too much for an extended period of time.
After recovering from her bout with hepatitis, the Yemeni teenager vowed to avoid purchasing online weight loss products of any kind.