Can Green Tea Cause Anxiety

Can Green Tea Cause Anxiety


Many of our users have asked can green tea cause anxiety.  Green tea is made from tea leaves and commonly used to make a hot beverage. Unlike other tea, green tea is less processed, which makes it rich in nutrients and antioxidants. Recently, it has gotten a lot of attention for being a superfood. Currently, there is not enough evidence to say all the claims made about green tea are true.

Green tea contains ingredients that can help make you feel better. They include:

  • Caffeine. A common stimulant found in coffee and other tea.
  • Amino Acids. These may help mental focus.
  • A mineral that can strengthen teeth.

Mental alertness is one of the most popular benefits of drinking green tea. This is caused by the caffeine contained in green tea. Caffeine is a stimulant to the brain. In large amounts, it can cause issues. But, green tea has lower amounts of caffeine compared to a cup of coffee.

Can green tea cause anxiety though? Yes, it can. Like any other product with caffeine in it, if you take too much it can have side effects. Overall, the common symptoms seen with having too much caffeine include:

  • Jitters
  • Anxiety
  • Stomach upset
  • Insomnia

Therefore, if you are having anxiety drinking green tea, you may be drinking too much. Try cutting back on the number of cups you drink. But, if you are still anxious, you should contact your doctor.

Benefits of Green Tea


In addition to being alert, green tea may have other benefits. But, not all of these benefits have been proven. But, when you drink green tea, you may experience these benefits.

  • Keeping your bowel movements regular
  • Help repair damaged skin
  • Part of a healthy weight loss diet
  • Reduce anxiety

Patients might not experience all these benefits when drinking green tea. Because they are just possible benefits of this beverage. Therefore, don’t use green tea in replace of other medicine. Additionally, please speak with your doctor to see if they think this would be a good addition to your diet.

For more information about green tea, and possible side effects of this beverage, please visit Just Health Experts to use the live doctor chat feature.

Written by Dr. Larisa Roybal, PharmD

Dr. Larisa Roybal is a Doctor of Pharmacy graduate of the University of Colorado. She has experience in clinical pharmacy, medical information, and drug safety.

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