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Nausea and Green Tea


Does anyone else get nauseous after drinking green tea? I thought it was probably just the cheap brand I was buying, so I switched to TeaTech's instant green tea. Yet I still find myself nauseous after just one tube.

Has anyone else experienced this, and is there an easy remedy?


Yes very much so. I have actually thrown up from drinking it before. I have no idea what causes it because I can actually take an extract in pill form and it doesn't do this. Good to hear I'm not the only one.


Nausea?Thats odd.I never feel like crap after drinking green tea.Infact,I usually have more energy.


Is it only green tea? If so, might be the distinct taste -- try white tea.


I drink, on average, a gallon of green tea a day. It is slightly watered down (I don't use all of the recommended powder), but I would assume if it was some often seen occurance, I would have noticed it. I see no negative effects from green tea.


Ok, I've never heard of white tea, but I'll look into it. It's not the taste, however; my stomach just feels sick fifteen minutes to a half-hour after I drink it.


Methylxanthines can be hard on the intestines.


I get sick when I drink it on an empty stomach. Now that I eat before-hand (or during), I'm fine.



Hey Prof X, what kind of green tea do you get?


I can drink black tea with no problem. I wish I could drink gallons of the stuff but my stomach just doesn't like it.


My stomach feels weird after drinking it hot, but when I use it for iced tea there's no issues. My .02


Lipton's. I make a gallon of it everyday, but only because I am dropping weight and find it harder to get down an equal amount of pure water alone. I use about 3/4 of the recommended powder, just enough to give it flavor.


Here's some info on tea varieties:


I've read that white tea has more polyphenols than even green tea, and to me it tastes better.

You can get it relatively inexpensively at Trader Joe's -- I think it's like $2.50 or so for a pack of 20 teabags.



Washington, D.C. - American Institute for Cancer Research - infoZine -

Q: Does white tea offer more health benefits than green tea?

A: White, green and black teas all come from the same plant. White tea is the least processed form. Its leaves and buds are simply steamed and dried. It gets its name because it's made from a higher proportion of buds, which are covered with fine silvery hairs that turn white when dried.

White tea's flavor is slightly sweet, without the grass-like tones that green tea can have. Although green tea is higher than black tea in polyphenol phytochemicals that provide antioxidant power, such as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), white tea is even higher.

A few studies suggest that white tea is even better than green tea at preventing damage to DNA in cells that could lead to cancer. However, since white tea is much less commonly consumed than green tea in Japan or black tea in the U.S. and Europe, it has attracted much less research.

We don't know for certain whether it really benefits health more than green tea. Because white tea is substantially more expensive than other teas, it may not seem worth the cost to some people. But it is possible that you could drink fewer cups of white tea compared to green tea to get the same amount of protective phytochemicals.