Matcha green tea is a healthy beverage, sometimes called a superfood, that’s packed with numerous health benefits, like being full of antioxidants, increasing energy levels, lowering cholesterol and blood sugar and burning fat to help you lose weight.
Some assume because it’s so healthy there aren’t any side effects or a limit to how much you can drink, but there can be negative side effects if someone consumes too much in a given time or depending on the age and state of the person drinking it.
Drinking matcha is typically safe for the average person when it’s consumed in small amounts. But because of the naturally high caffeine content found in this green tea, consuming too much or being sensitive to caffeine can cause the ingestor to experience certain negative side effects.
Some of the more common negative side effects connected with the caffeine content are:
Excessive matcha intake can also cause an irregular heartbeat, make anxiety worse for people who suffer from an anxiety disorder and increase blood pressure in those who are already prone to have high blood pressure.
There have even been cases where drinking too much green tea caused herbal hepatotoxicity, better known as liver damage. The antioxidant compound catechins, which matcha is chock-full of, is good for you when taken in the proper dosage, but highly-concentrated doses can cause liver damage.
Too much of a good thing isn’t always good for you. One to two cups a day is completely fine. But if you’re drinking multiple cups of matcha green tea and coffee a day or drinking matcha like it’s water, then you’re putting yourself at risk for any of the abovementioned negative side effects.
Many health professionals recommend that children, pregnant and nursing women as well as people who have heart problems, kidney problems, liver problems and psychological disorders should avoid consuming any kind of green tea.