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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Green Tea Not Safe During Pregnancy



Green tea has great medicinal values and is a cure/prevention to several health issues but the same can be harmful during pregnancy. Lets look at health risk of green tea during pregnancy.

1.Epigallocatechins(EGCG) – This is a cancer fighting compound in green tea which prvents the body from all types of cancer but the same compound can be dangerous for the baby during pregnancy. This is one of the major health risk of green tea during pregnancy. This compound works on a property called folate, a sort of DNA regulator. This causes birth defects. It is most dangerous when taken few months before the due date and can also lead to anemia.

2.Caffeine – Green tea has caffeine content which if taken in large quantity may lead to miscarriage. Thus, during the first trimesters, one should not exceed consumption of more than one cup of green tea. Other health rish of green tea during pregnancy is birth defects.

Apart from these two health risk of green tea during pregnancy other risks include, low baby weight, deformation, defects are caused to the neural tube, which may lead to still birth. Thu, it's best to avoid green tea during pregnancy or to stick to one cup of tea per day.

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