Chlorogenic acid, present in coffee, & black tea increases homocysteine
Chlorogenic acid and heavy black tea consumption was shown to increase homocysteine levels. Now, before you run and toss out all your black tea bags, the amount consumed in this study was equal to 2 litres of black tea, and it was given as a solid. You can ask any herbalist their opinion on this and I’m sure they would agree…properly preparing teas is an incredibly important step in obtaining optimal therapeutic effect. I firmly believe that, if the patients in this study had drank the 2 litres of tea, the results would have been different.
AJCN — Abstracts: Olthof et al. 73 (3): 532