Amanda Pendolino
March 22, 2013

Drinking Too Much Tea Is Actually Harmful to Your Health

We’ve all heard of the benefits of both black tea and green tea: healthy antioxidants help fight cancer and heart disease, boost your immune system and make your skin and hair look great.

But doctors are discovering that drinking too much tea can result in some serious medical problems.

According to The Los Angeles Times, a 47-year-old Detroit woman developed a painful condition called skeletal fluorosis after drinking a pitcher of tea every day for the last 17 years.

Skeletal fluorosis occurs when people have too much fluoride in their blood. While a healthy person usually has less than 0.10 of a milligram of fluoride per liter of blood, the woman had 0.43 mg per liter.

The good news is that you’d have to drink an exorbitant amount of tea to be affected, since a whole liter of black tea usually contains about 1 to 5 mgs of fluoride. The woman brewed each pitcher with an insane 100 to 150 tea bags.

Similarly, another tea drinker who developed skeletal fluorosis drank one to two gallons of orange pekoe tea every day for over thirty years. Gallons!