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Green tea and liver toxicity

IMG_1027Recent media reports have cast doubt on the safety of green tea, so perhaps you are wondering what is factual in these reports. Is it safe to drink? And if so, are you having too much?

In 1999 a weight loss product was commercialised in France that was based on an ethanolic extract of green tea (Camellia sinensis). Since then, numerous cases have been described in literature associating this product with elevated liver enzymes (a marker of liver damage) with at least one known liver transplant case. The evidence implicating this proprietary product in liver damage is strong.

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