Scientists always talk about the benefits green tea has; doctors prescribe it as a great antioxidant that helps to lose weight. However, next time you will buy green tea, try to be very careful. A 16 years old girl has become the subject of a new case study published in the journal BMJ Case Reports. She complained to her doctor of dizziness, nausea, stomach and joint pains. The doctor initially thought she had a urinary tract infection and she was sent home with antibiotics. After two day, her condition worsened and she went to the A&E department of Birmingham University Hospital. Even though the emergency medical team had the diagnosis clear (they knew immediately it was hepatitis), they couldn’t understand the cause.

The young girl said she didn’t consume alcohol or take any drugs; she wasn’t pregnant and hasn’t gotten any blood transfusion. Only when the girl mentioned drinking more than three cups of green tea every day, the team started understanding the whole situation. After viral and autoimmune causes of hepatitis were ruled out through further tests, her doctors recommended she cease consumption of the tea. Immediately the girl started feeling better. The doctors stated that people shouldn’t be afraid from green tea, as it is a great antioxidant. The problem with the girl was that the tea she ordered online was a processed one and the addition of other chemicals or pesticides used in the growing of tea tree caused the hepatitis.

At the end, doctors stressed out that you have to be careful where you order it tea online. Their general advice is: Start reading the ingredient box, and not only for green tea.

References:

  • http://abcnews.go.com/Health/teen-girl-develops-hepatitis-drinking-green-tea-bought/story?id=34045993
  • http://www.iflscience.com/teenage-girl-may-have-developed-hepatitis-green-tea-bought-online
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11889750/Teenage-girl-develops-hepatitis-after-drinking-too-much-green-tea.html
  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3247325/Teenager-drank-three-cups-green-tea-day-develops-hepatitis-turns-YELLOW-liver-damage.html
  • http://www.biospace.com/news_story.aspx?StoryID=392758&full=1
  • https://www.yahoo.com/health/how-one-girl-got-hepatitis-from-drinking-green-tea-154155276.html
  • http://www.techtimes.com/articles/88334/20150927/teen-who-drank-too-much-green-tea-develops-hepatitis-and-turns-yellow-because-of-liver-damage.htm
  • http://timesofkabul.com/497/after-drinking-green-tea-bought-online-a-girl-got-hepatitis

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