Green tea at night? Pros and cons are weighed

reen tea is one of the healthiest beverages on earth: It's full of flavonoids that can reduce inflammation, lower bad cholesterol, and lower your risk of heart attack or stroke

according to Harvard Medical School. All of these factors can help counteract the effects of the day-old cheese stick and half a sleeve of crackers you sometimes call "lunch."

Why is green tea off-limits before bed?

Even though green tea has less caffeine than coffee (95 milligrammes vs. 30), it's not a good bedtime drink. Like caffeinated coffee, it's best to avoid drinking it in the evening.

Perhaps I should avoid green tea.

Nope. Green tea once or twice a day is fine. Green and black teas contain high levels of oxalates that could lead to kidney stone formation, according to the NIH. This isn't common, especially for those of us who don't get kidney stones.

When can I drink green tea without losing sleep?

Green tea contains L-theanine, a powerful anti-anxiety and dopamine-boosting compound, says Amerisleep's Meg Riley.

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