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How much tea is a safe amount to drink per day?

  1. BRIAN SLATER profile image87
    BRIAN SLATERposted 5 years ago

    How much tea is a safe amount to drink per day?

    Most people drink a cup of tea every couple of hours, so exactly how much is enough before you start damaging your health?

  2. Pamspages profile image74
    Pamspagesposted 5 years ago

    Hi Brian, I have been steadily drinking between 1-3 cups of tea a day all my life. Sometimes more and I've had no ill effect. In fact I strongly believe tea does you good with all the antioxidants is contains. When I went to a trainer recently, he did tell me that I shouldn't drink too much caffeine as it can give you false highs and end up depleting your energy. But he was happy with my consumption. I never feel the shakes with tea that I get with full caffeinated coffee. I always drink half-caff coffee for that reason. There's a lot more caffeine in coffee. I do have one steadfast rule and that is to not drink caffeine, tea or otherwise, after about 5pm as it does keep me awake. I turn to PG Tips or Tetley decaf tea or redbush. Green tea is just a bit too "organic" for me but lots of people swear by it. Hope I've helped!! Take care and happy tea drinking! Pam

  3. gracenotes profile image91
    gracenotesposted 5 years ago

    Well, you have to experiment to see what you can tolerate.  I would never be able to drink more than 1 cup of coffee per day, due to its acidity, but tea is a little different.

    There is not that much caffeine in green tea, and I think there is even less in white tea.  I would not feel badly about drinking several cups per day of either one of these.  For the kind of black tea that I like (organic Assam), it is quite strong, so I limit myself there to no more than 2 cups a day.  And certainly make sure that I don't consume much of it after dinner, because it might keep me awake.

    Oh, yeah, and the more black tea you drink, the more it stains your teeth.  This is another good reason not to consume too much.

    1. DzyMsLizzy profile image97
      DzyMsLizzyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      eh--true about the teeth, but you can get whitening treatments or toothpastes these days.  ;-)

  4. DzyMsLizzy profile image97
    DzyMsLizzyposted 5 years ago

    I drink tea, both hot and iced--mostly iced, especially in the summer, and have for well over 40 years.  I was the sole tea-drinker in the family when my kids were young, and now that it is just hubby and I, the same is true. 
    I go through about a 1/2 gallon pitcher every couple of days, more if it's really hot weather, and I've never noticed any ill effects.  It does have anitoxidants, and has actually been discovered to be good for you.
    Everyone has to discover their own tolerance level for the caffeine..."they" say it has less than coffee, but I suspect that depends upon how it's brewed.  I like my tea  plain black, and "strong enough for a mouse to walk across."  ;-)  Poured into a cup, it's hard to tell from coffee....I believe I've actually become immune to the effects of caffeine--I can drink tea at bedtime, and not have trouble going to sleep.
    Best wishes.

  5. Mazzy Bolero profile image78
    Mazzy Boleroposted 5 years ago

    I'm British and I drink tea all day.  It has far less caffeine than coffee and so is refreshing without making you nervy.  Tea contains antioxidants, particularly green or white tea.  Green tea is even supposed to help you lose weight by speeding up your metabolism - you have to drink five cups a day to get that effect, though.  Tea apparently contains minute amounts of arsenic - but I think you would have to drink a heck of a lot to get a significant amount of it.   I don't think a cup every couple of hours would do you any harm.

  6. meditatio profile image60
    meditatioposted 5 years ago

    I guess it depends on the kind of tea we are talking about *and* your own reaction to it.
    One cup of black tea and I am jittery for the rest of the day, but I can easily drink 3-4 cups of green tea feeling well and refreshed and sleeping perfectly well.
    White tea and herbal teas can be consummed without any real concern as far as I know.
    If you happen to like Rooibos tea, you could drink as much of it as you'd like (though it makes me sick in my stomach but that might not be your case).
    Outside of the tea in itself, you also have to consider the type of sweetener you put in that coud be detrimental to your general health if you consume too much of it.


    1. cloverleaffarm profile image76
      cloverleaffarmposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Herbal teas should not be consumed willy nilly. Herbs are medicine, and act as such on the body. Many herbal teas should not be drank by certain individuals. You'd be surprised at the contraindications of herbs.

  7. ChristyWrites profile image80
    ChristyWritesposted 5 years ago

    I like to drink black tea and I do so on a daily basis. I would say that two cups of regular (not de-caffeinated) tea would be the limit per day. Having more than that could make you jittery and increase your blood pressure. Enjoy the beverage, but in moderation!

    1. Mazzy Bolero profile image78
      Mazzy Boleroposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      But remember that tea also contains l-thianine which creates calm alertness. Green tea has been shown to lower both blood pressure and blood sugar. The average amount of caffeine in a cup of tea is 27 mg whereas in coffee it's 80 mg.