A person may choose to take a supplement rather than drinking pure tea due to taste preference, time, or convenience. Tea supplements are more concentrated than drinking boiled tea leaves, it is generally recommended in small dosages. A person will typically be advised to take one capsule per day, which may contain the same amount of green tea as two to three cups of the beverage. Tea extract is not considered safe for children under 18 or for women who are pregnant or currently breastfeeding.
Herbalists may recommend tea supplements for a variety of potential health benefits. Daily use can make a person more alert and able to retain information. It is also thought to help with weight loss by suppressing the appetite and breaking down nutrients faster for energy use rather than fat storage. Tea extracts can also lower anxiety, as well as function as an anti-inflammatory medication. It’s also being used to treat arthritis or gastrointestinal inflammation caused by digestive problems.
The supplement may cause an allergic rash in some people, as well as make sleeping difficult due to its stimulating properties. It can also result in constipation or severe stomach pain. People who are taking controlled medications are recommended to consult with their doctors prior to taking green tea supplements because they can interfere with some medications, such as blood thinners, antibiotics, and mood stabilizers.