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Green Tea and Acid Reflux, Drink Decaffeinated Green Tea In Heart Burn

Dr. Adil R, MBBS


Decaffinated Green Tea in Heart burn acid reflux or Barrett esophagusDrink green tea every day.

Green tea has many benefits. It is good for weight loss, it contains lot of useful antioxidant, it protects us against cancer, it lowers cholesterol, it protects us against many other diseases such as heart attack, stroke, vascular diseases and many others. Green tea is different from black tea. Black tea is completely fermented. It contains lot of caffeine and tannin and both of these substances are responsible for having acid reflux. Chronic acid reflux is one of the major causes of Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer. On the other hand green tea has much lesser amount of caffeine and tannin as compared to black tea. Moreover it contains abundant of antioxidants and other useful substances that boost immunity and protect us against many diseases. Tannin makes the tea bitter so if your tea is bitter in taste it means this is not good for your stomach so avoid it.

The McKinley Health Center recommends green tea for the patients of acid reflux if they can drink it easily without having any symptom of acid reflux. Jackson Siegelbaum Gastroenterology also allowed drinking processed tea that doesn’t contain any caffeine. Adding mint flavor may also produce symptoms of heart burn. Decaffeinated teas, non-citrus fruit juice and water all can be included in acid reflux diet and these substances can replace caffeinated or carbonated drinks.

Green tea contains 2 to 4% of caffeine. It improves mental alertness, stamina, urinary output and sense of wellbeing. Green tea is an excellent natural treatment of obesity. The strong antioxidants present in it saves the patients of Barrett’s esophagus from developing esophageal cancer. Moreover green tea also protects against diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. It also delays the process of aging. But it’s better to drink decaffeinated green tea.

Green tea bags are now used frequently. Squeezing the tea bags in now practiced commonly. The act of squeezing releases more caffeine and tannin makes the tea more bitter and unhealthy for stomach. This may trigger nauseous feeling and acid reflux.

In a nut shell, green tea is very useful beverage. Its use should be encouraged. But if you have the problem of heart burn, barrett’s esophagus or acid reflux then you shouldn’t use raw green tea. Instead of this you should use decaffeinated green tea that has no acid reflux triggering effects. Some experts allow using green tea if you can tolerate it well without getting any symptoms of heart bur.

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