Ceylon tea or Sri Lankan tea is a healthy beverage which is native to Sri Lanka and is available in many varieties like green Ceylon tea, Black Ceylon tea, White Ceylon tea etc. It is a good source of various nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, flavonoids etc. and provides a number of health and beauty benefits. Although Ceylon tea is good for us, it is better to consume it in moderation as there are also some side effects of drinking too much Ceylon tea, and in this article, we will know about these side effects in detail.
Side Effects of Drinking Too Much Ceylon Tea
(1) Too Many Antioxidants Are Bad
The antioxidants and the other antioxidantal compounds present in the Ceylon tea provides a number of benefits when consumed in moderation on a regular basis. These antioxidants fight with the free radicals in our body stabilizes them and thus prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our cells.
Free radicals are nothing but the unstabilized ions that gets formed during the oxidation process in our body. As these are unstabilized ions, so they electrons from the neighboring molecules and cause oxidative damage to them. By protecting our cells from the oxidative damage, antioxidants reduce the risk of several types of cancers like colon cancer, skin cancer, abdominal cancer, stomach cancer etc. They also provide a number of other benefits like improving cardiovascular health, strengthening the immune system, maintaining cholesterol level and so on.
Although antioxidants are great for us, still it is better to drink Ceylon tea in moderation. This is because over intake of antioxidants may increase the risk of various types of cancers. As per a study published ( in 1996) in the Journal of Cancer Institute it was found that smokers who took beta-carotene supplements in excess were more likely to develop lung cancer in comparison to those who didn’t.
Similarly, another study published by the Office of the dietary supplements, it was found that taking Vitamin E in excess ( from 150 IU to 400 IU) can increase the risk of hemorrhagic stroke. This negative effect of antioxidants is because of the fact that in large quantity, antioxidants start targeting the healthy cells, and thus increases the risk of cancer.
(2) May Cause Hypotension
Drinking Ceylon tea on a regular and moderate basis have been found to be very beneficial for providing relief from high blood pressure or hypertension. Hypertension is a major health problem that affects millions of people all over the world and is a leading cause of various cardiovascular problems like heart attack, heart stroke, irregular heartbeat etc.
Ceylon tea is a good source of potassium which is a vital mineral that acts as a natural vasodilator which means it relaxes our blood vessels, improves blood circulation and thus helps in controlling hypertension.
Although Ceylon tea is effective in providing relief from hypertension, it is better to consume it in moderation. This is because too much potassium in our system can lower the blood pressure to a dangerously low level, and this may give rise to hypotension characterized by the symptoms like fatigue, lightheadedness, dizziness, nausea, clammy skin, blurry vision etc.
Additionally, if you are suffering from hypertension and already taking medication for the same, then it is better to be cautious of having Ceylon tea, as it could interfere with the medication and may worsen the situation.
(3) May Cause Hypoglycemia
Ceylon tea is also beneficial for diabetic patients or those who are at the risk of developing diabetes. This benefit of Ceylon tea is because of the ability of Ceylon tea to reduce the rate at which sugar gets absorbed into the bloodstream, and thus prevents a sudden spike in the blood sugar level and helps in managing diabetes.
No doubt, Ceylon tea is good for diabetic patients, it is better to drink it in moderation. This is because too much Ceylon tea may lower the blood sugar to a dangerously low level and may increase the risk of hypoglycemia, characterized by the symptoms like pale skin, dizziness, excessive sweating, excessive thirst, blurry vision, nervousness etc.
Also, if you are a diabetic patient and already taking medication for the same, then it is better not to drink too much Ceylon tea as it could interfere with the medication and may worsen the situation.
(4) could Reduce Fertility In Women
As per a study published in the University of Nevada School of Medicine, it was found that high level of caffeine can increase the risk of infertility in the woman by around 27 percent. This is because caffeine present in the Ceylon tea interferes with the production of Estrogen and makes it difficult for the woman to get pregnant.
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(5) Not So Safe During Pregnancy and breastfeeding Phase
Drinking too much Ceylon tea ( caffeinated) not only reduces the fertility of the woman but is also harmful to them during the pregnancy and lactating stage. This side effect is mainly because of the presence of caffeine in it.
It has been found that too much caffeine in our system during the pregnancy stage can give rise to various complications like premature birth, increased risk of miscarriage, and low birth weight. It is because of the fact that caffeine can easily travel in the bloodstream across the placenta, a circular membrane that covers uterus and is attached to an umbilical cord that provides nourishment to the fetus.
In addition to this, caffeine is a strong stimulant and consuming it too much may increase the heartbeat of the baby, and may increase his metabolic rate. This can be fatal to the baby’s health as it makes him weak and even increases the risk of miscarriage.
For nursing mothers too, it is advisable to monitor the caffeine intake as too much caffeine can irritate the digestive system of the infant and may cause sleep problems and irritability.
(6) Increases Urination Frequency And Put Burden On Kidneys
Another major reason to drink Ceylon tea in moderation is that of its diuretic nature. The Caffeine present in the Ceylon tea is diuretic in nature which means it increases the production of urine in our body and makes us urinate again and again as it increases the blood flow through the kidneys and thus put a burden on them.
No doubt, urination is a method through which our body get rids of toxins and other impurities from our body, but too much urination is bad as it can also eliminate essential minerals etc. from our system. Through too much urination our body loses a lot of water and thus increases the risk of dehydration.
(7) May Increases The Risk of Osteoporosis.
Drinking too much Ceylon tea over a long period of time can make our bones weak and thus increases the risk of Osteoporosis. This side effect of Ceylon tea is mainly due to the presence of caffeine in it. Caffeine is diuretic in nature which means it increases urination frequency in us and puts a burden on our kidneys.
By urinating too much we not only losses a lot of water from our system, but also loses essential minerals like calcium, zinc etc. that plays a major role in making our bones stronger. When we lose these essential bone-strengthening minerals through urination, we are more likely to develop Osteoporosis.
This is another reason to drink Ceylon tea in moderation.
(8) May Hinders Minerals Absorption
Beverages like tea and coffee are widely used by millions to help them with their mourning process. They work as a laxative, improves bowel movement and thus helps in getting rid of waste from our system. This is beneficial for our digestive system, but only when it stays in moderation. It has been found that high level of caffeine in our system can interfere with our body’s ability to absorb and retain essential minerals like calcium, zinc, magnesium, and Iron etc.
These are essential minerals that play a major role in maintaining the overall health and development, and this is another reason to drink Ceylon tea in moderation.
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(9) May Cause Heartburn
Drinking too much Ceylon tea also increases the heartburn, a burning sensation in the chest. It is caused when the hydrochloric acid present in the stomach flows up into the esophagus. Esophageal sphincter is a small muscle that remains tightly closed at the top of the esophagus and prevents the content of stomach from flowing back into the esophagus. By doing so, it prevents the delicate lining of the esophagus from getting burned by the hydrochloric acid.
However, it should be noted that too much caffeine may relax the esophageal sphincter muscles, allowing stomach acid to flow back to the esophagus and thus increases the risk of heartburn and acid reflux.
(10) Increase Stress And Tension
Drinking Ceylon tea on a regular and moderate basis have been found to be very beneficial for providing relief from stress and tension. However, drinking too much Ceylon tea can have the opposite effect. This is because too much caffeine intake can stimulate the stress hormones like cortisol, epinephrine, and norephedrine, which increases heart rate and blood pressure in the body.
Another reason, drinking too much Ceylon tea can increase the stress level is because of the caffeine in it. Too much caffeine intake for a prolonged period of time can make us addicted to it, and not get the required Ceylon tea ( caffeinated) can make us anxious and stressful.
(11) Coffee And Caffeine Withdrawal Symptoms
Drinking too much Ceylon tea on a regular basis for a long period of time can give rise to many problems, and one of them is caffeine addiction. Caffeine present in the Ceylon tea is good for us, as long as it is consumed in moderation. However, too much caffeine can give rise to caffeine addiction, which is not at all an easy addiction to break.
According to the American Heart Association, it was found that people who are addicted to caffeinated beverages like coffee, tea, Ceylon tea etc. experience problems like headaches, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and drowsiness within 12-24 hours of caffeine withdrawal. These symptoms subsidies when the person takes his caffeine dose.
Caffeine addiction is hard to break, and for a safe side, it is better to drink Ceylon tea and other caffeinated beverages in moderation.
(12) May Cause Dehydration
Another major reason to consume Ceylon tea in moderation is that of its ability to increase the risk of dehydration. Dehydration is a condition in which our body loses a lot of water. Severe dehydration can give rise to symptoms of dry skin, rapid heartbeat, rapid breathing, sleepiness, fainting, bad breath etc.
It should also be remembered that water plays an important role in maintaining the proper function of our vital organs. Our body is made up of about 60 percent water, our brain and heart are composed of 73 percent water, our lungs are about 84 percent water, and even our kidneys are made up of about 79 percent and 31 percent water respectively.(source). So, the importance of hydration ( or negative effect of dehydration ) on our vital organs is quite clear.
The main reason, drinking too much Ceylon tea can increase the risk of dehydration is because of its diuretic nature. Ceylon tea is diuretic in nature which means it increases the frequency of urination, and by urinating too often we lose a large volume of water from our body, along with the loss of essential minerals like calcium, zinc, copper etc.
If you enjoy drinking Ceylon tea, then it is advisable to drink it in moderation and as well drink a plenty of water and other non-caffeinated beverages.
The information contained in the post is for general purpose only and shouldn’t be considered as a medical advice or as an alternative to medical advice. Although I’ve tried my best to keep the information contained in this post as accurate and updated as possible, I make no guarantee of the accurateness of the same.
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