Should You Drink Tea Regularly?

ID-10031819The answer to the above question is and affirmative “yes”, although there may be much opinion to the above question. But my personal belief is to drink tea regularly, especially green tea, which has enormous health benefits. There are several ingredients in tea which may not have been studied yet appropriately, which may also have beneficial effects (as well as harmful effect).

The answer of the above question is answered, but how much tea should a person drink a day to get the maximum health benefits of tea? In my opinion (which is opinion of majority of authorities and scientists and nutritionists) one should drink 4-6 cups (approximately 180-200 ml per cup) of tea everyday. Drinking 4-6 cups of tea can reduce incidence of cancers such as stomach cancer, esophageal cancer, skin cancer etc. To get the health benefits of green tea drinking tea on a regular basis is important, instead of drinking large amount of tea in a short time.

Is there any harmful effect (action) of tea?

The only negative effect of tea till date reported (after doing innumerable number of research and studies about tea) is insomnia. The insomnia due to drinking tea is due to presence of caffeine in tea, including green tea. A cup (approximately 180-200 ml) of green tea contains approximately 40 mgs of caffeine in compare to approximately 85 mgs of caffeine in a freshly brewed coffee of same quantity, according to the American Dietetic Association. Excess drinking of tea in short time, especially if drank during night time can lead to insomnia and inability to fall asleep. The concentration of caffeine in green tea (if consumed large amount in short period of time) can lead to insomnia and if you are already suffering from insomnia it is advisable not to drink tea after sunset to avoid the insomnia effect of caffeine present in tea.

Another important aspect regarding tea is that, tea have diuretic (urine pill, or any ingredient that increase urine production) action. This diuretic action may also be partly responsible for insomnia. Because urgency to urinate may disturb sleep and indirectly cause insomnia.

 

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