Recent studies have linked the use of dietary supplements containing green tea extract to liver damage. The problem is that many green tea supplements contain high doses of EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), a toxic catechin. It may increase the risk of hepatotoxicity (liver toxicity), hepatitis, liver inflammation, and other serious injuries.
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What is Green Tea?
Green tea is a popular beverage made from leaves of the Chinese tea tree Camellia sinensis. Drinking green tea is not associated with liver damage, and some studies suggest it might even be beneficial for the liver.
What is the problem?
Over 100 dietary supplements contain green tea extract in concentrations that are significantly higher than what is naturally found in a cup of tea. The maximum tolerated dose of green tea extract is reported to be 9.9 grams per day; the equivalent of 24 cups of tea. Higher doses are associated with symptoms like nausea, headache, and dizziness. Several studies have also linked green tea extract and liver damage.
How Does Green Tea Damage the Liver?
About 10% of green tea extract contains catechin components, primarily epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). However, some types of green tea extract contain significantly higher concentrations. SlimQuick Pure Extra Strength, for example, contains 45% EGCG — 135-mg of EGCG, according to a study describing liver toxicity in a 23-year old woman.
Green Tea Liver Damage Information
The National Institute of Health (NIH) has provided the following green tea liver damage information:
“Liver injury typically arises within 3 months, with latency to onset of symptoms ranging from 10 days to 7 months. The majority of cases present with an acute hepatitis-like syndrome and a markedly hepatocellular pattern of serum enzyme elevations. Most patients recover rapidly upon stopping the extract or HDS, although fatal instances of acute liver failure have been described. Biopsy findings show necrosis, inflammation, and eosinophils in a pattern resembling acute hepatitis.”
What is Liver Toxicity?
The liver is a large organ on the right side of the abdomen, just under the rib cage. It is a vital organ responsible for helping the body digest food, absorb nutrients, store energy, make blood clots, get rid of toxic substances in the body, and more. The liver is primarily made of hepatocytes, which are responsible for metabolizing foreign compounds. Liver toxicity occurs when hepatocytes are damaged or destroyed. Liver failure occurs when the extent of hepatocyte damage exceeds the liver’s regenerative capacity.
Symptoms of Liver Damage
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes)
- Brown urine
- Nausea, vomiting
- Light-colored stools
- Excessive fatigue
- Stomach or abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite
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