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Doctor insights on: Can Green Tea Cause Anemia

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood ...Read more


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I have anemia and some people have told me that green tea makes it worse. Is this true?

Yes, but a caveat...: Green teas can contain polyphenols, which although serve as antioxidants, can also interfere with fe absorption. The caveat is that the two things (polyphenols and fe) need to be present together for this to really be a problem. If you are eating a balanced diet with adequate fe, and drinking green tea on occasion, I doubt you will have a significant effect from the latter on the former.

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Can I drink green tea if I have iron anemia?

Can I drink green tea if I have iron anemia?

Not with the Fe tabs: All teas may contain tannins that bind food iron. Space iron supplements 2 hours from tea consumption.

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Hello, I'm 23 years old and suffer from anemia/heavy blood loss. Does green tea have anything to do with heavy blood loss during periods?

Hello, I'm 23 years old and suffer from anemia/heavy blood loss. Does green tea have anything to do with heavy blood loss during periods?

In Traditional: Chinese Medicine - it is recommended that green tea not be consumed during menses. It might be a contributing factor - but I would very much doubt that it is a singular cause for your amount of blood loss. Take care.

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In anemia, is black tea healthy after meals?

Would limit it.: Http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/997.html "anemia: drinking black tea may make anemia worse in people with iron deficiency.".

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Which alternative to tea with milk in the morning as I feel pain in my heart after drinking it I was diagnosed as a chronic anemia case?

Which alternative to tea with milk in the morning as I feel pain in my heart after drinking it I was diagnosed as a chronic anemia case?

Reflux: It sounds like you are having gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) which occurs when stomach acid comes back up into your esophagus, burning the lining. You should avoid caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine which can make this worse by lowering the pressure in the valve that prevents reflux. You should be checked for H.pylori which is a bacteria that can cause this. GERD can cause anemia.

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Can tea be bad for you if you have a B12 deficiency or penicious anemia? Or not help your blood count?

Can tea be bad for you if you have a B12 deficiency or penicious anemia? Or not help your blood count?

You're okay: Tea contains tannins that interfere some with iron absorption in folks who are iron deficient. Too much can make you sick, as with many other things. It's not going to impact an anemia caused by B12 deficiency from any cause.

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Could green tea cause constipation?

Could green tea cause constipation?

Not a normal: Side effect. Overdose of Green Tea (usually extract) may lead to irritability, insomnia, irregular or rapid heart rate, muscle twitching, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, liver damage, trouble breathing, dizziness, fever, confusion, hallucinations, diuresis, seizures, loss of consciousness & even death.

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Can green tea cause weight loss?

Can green tea cause weight loss?

No: But there are questions about anti-oxidants in it the main idea to me, is that if you are doing things to improve your health like green tea, you are likely to do many things to improve your health.

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Can smoking green tea cause significant damage to lungs?

Can smoking green tea cause significant damage to lungs?

Smoking: Doesn't matter what you are smoking. Our lungs were not designed to breath in hot smoke. It all is damaging to the lungs. Ask any severe asthmatic which one they would rather smoke or be around. NEITHER!!

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Does drinking organic green tea cause kindey stones? Or help it?

Does drinking organic green tea cause kindey stones? Or help it?

Seems to reduce risk: More research is needed but there is good reason to believe that consuming green tea reduces risk of kidney stones- see http://www. Webmd. Com/kidney-stones/news/20091120/green-tea-may-prevent-kidney-stones previous reports that iced tea (black, not green) increase kidney stones are unsubstantiated- see http://www. Healthnewsreview. Org/2012/08/iced-tea-kidney-stones-and-the-study-that-never-existed/.

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Will mega-T green tea supplements cause a drug test to be positive?

Will mega-T green tea supplements cause a drug test to be positive?

Not that I know of: Unless they are testing for caffeine, which would rarely, if ever, be done. However, the label says that the ingredients are "proprietary" which means they don't have to tell you everything that is in it. However, I have never seen any reports of false positives secondary to any kind of tea. In any case, false positives on screening tests can be ruled out with confirmatory tests.

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Can valerian and green tea herbs cause the sedation and the same effect as alcohol?

Can valerian and green tea herbs cause the sedation and the same effect as alcohol?

Yes and No: Valerian root tea does have very mild sedative effects. Which makes it a tea to drink in the evening to help with sleep onset in those who need it. The relaxing effect is extremely mild and no where close to the sedating effects of alcohol. Green tea has not been shown to have any sedative effects. In fact it has some caffeine in it, so if anything it would have the opposite effect.

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Can drinking green tea with antioxidants for the first time cause me to get a cold?

Can drinking green tea with antioxidants for the first time cause me to get a cold?

No: Green tea is a beverage with a lot of health benefits it cannot give you a respiratory illness. That is because "colds" are caused by infections with viruses. Hope you feel better soon.

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Can green tea cause breakouts?

Can green tea cause breakouts?

Have not seen: Any reports or studies linking green tea to acne.