Green tea caffeine content — the real truth

Green Tea Caffeine Content — The Real Truth

I am sure you have heard all the great information about green tea, and maybe you are actually considering taking it, in one form or another, but you are a little worried about possible side effects, especially concerning green tea caffeine content. Well, I am here to tell you the things you need to know in order to take advantage of the health benefits from this ancient medicinal plant.

First let me tell you a little of the history of green tea. It comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant, which is the source of the three main types of tea, including black, oolong, and green. The difference between these three comes from the way it is processed. Black tea leaves are fully fermented, and thus have some of their active ingredients destroyed. Oolong tea leaves are only partially fermented, and therefore have more active ingredients called polyphenols. Finally, green tea leaves are not fermented at all, so they contain the highest levels of polyphenols, which are chemicals that contain antioxidants, and furthermore have the greatest health benefits.

Green tea has been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat many disorders including aches and pains, headaches, and gastrointestinal disorders, along with many others. More recently, it has been used to help protect against certain types of cancer, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and even aid in weight loss.

As with any medicine or supplement, one always has to keep in mind the possible side effects. In general, green tea is considered safe, and has very few side effects. The biggest concern for most people is the green tea caffeine content. While black tea has a higher caffeine content, the green version does contain enough to cause problems, especially is you are sensitive to caffeine. Some of the symptoms associated with excess caffeine ingestion include irritability, insomnia, restlessness, heart palpitations, and dizziness.

So, what about decaffeinated green tea? That would seem like an easy fix to the problem, but unfortunately it doesn’t help much. When the tea leaves are put through the decaffeinating process, it actually leaches out most of the healthy benefits associated with the tea. Also, depending on the method used, there could be chemical residues leftover that remain on the tea itself.

How does green tea caffeine compare to other caffeinated drinks? Your average “cup o’ joe” has around 100 mg of caffeine, whereas the same size cup of green tea has 20-25 mg of caffeine. Now let’s compare that to a typical serving of your favorite cola. On average, a 12 oz. serving of cola contains 35-45 mg of caffeine. For most people, that amount of caffeine is tolerable, but remember that to see the benefits from the tea itself, you would need to drink 2-5 cups of tea.

Is there another way to take green tea, without having to drink so much of it? Green tea also comes in a capsule form, containing the tea extract, so you can get all the goodness of green tea in a small capsule. There are also supplements out there that not only contain green tea but other valuable supplements that work in synergy with the green tea to give you the most “bang for your buck”.

So, if you can tolerate the green tea caffeine content, it is very much worth the health benefits that you can gain from taking it. If you would like to see some of the products that I recommend that are a quality source for green tea and other beneficial supplements, then take a look at my website, and research it for yourself.

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