Adverse effects of Wu-Long Tea

Wu-Long Tea – Caffeine

All Teas naturally contain “caffeine” so if caffiene intake is an issue you may want to know how drinking Wu-long tea can effect you regarding caffeine consumption.

Wu-Long tea typically has about half the caffeine content of the same amount of coffee.

The following is the approximate caffeine content of various beverages:

Beverage Milligrams of Caffeine
AVG per serving Per OZ.
Coffee 5 oz. cup 80 13.00
Cola (12 oz. can) 45 3.75
Black Tea 40 5.00
Wu-Long Tea 30 3.75
Green Tea 20 2.5
White Tea 15 2.00
Decaf Tea 2 .50
Herbal Tea 0 0.00

Summary – Tea and Adverse effects regarding Caffeine

During the past decade, extensive research on caffeine in relation to cardiovascular disease, fibrocystic breast disease, reproductive function, behavior in children, birth defects, and cancer has identified no significant health hazard from normal caffeine consumption.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has conducted research and reviewed the extensive scientific literature on caffeine. In a Federal Register notice published in May 1987, the FDA stated that the agency had reviewed ” studies on teratology, reproduction behavior, carcinogenicity, and cardiovascular disease…but found no evidence to show that the use of caffeine in carbonated beverages would render theses beverages injurious to health.” The American Medical Association has examined the research on caffeine and came to a similarly confident position on its safety. A 1984 report from AMA Council on Scientific Affairs stated, ” Moderate tea or coffee drinkers probably need to have no concern for their health relative to their caffeine consumption provided other lifestyle habits (diet, alcohol consumption) are moderate, as well.”
 (Ref.: International Food Information Council)

Other Health Concerns Regarding Tea Consumption

If you have Hyperthyroidism – Graves Disease – consult your physician before consuming any food or drink that may aggrevate this condition. This includes all teas .

In general, people should consult their physician prior to consuming tea if they suffer from these conditions:

  • stomach ulcers
  • heart problems
  • hyperthyroidism
  • psychological disorders

Pregnant women should also avoid tea and/or consult their physician prior to consuming tea or tea products

Green tea should also be avoided if one is taking any of the following medications:

  • anti-biotics
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Beta blockers
  • blood thinning medicines
  • chemotherapy
  • oral contraceptives
  • lithium

Tea and Thyroid Conditions

We cannot provide specific medical advice regarding your specific condition as it relates to tea or any tea related product as we are not physicians however we can recommend some online sources that deal specifically with thyroid conditions: related to tea consumption:
www.ithyroid.com
thyroid.about.com