What is 'tea drunk' and how many cups a day is optimum? Tea drunk is a phenomenon that is sometimes experienced when drinking a large quantity of tea over a short period of time and/or drinking strong or certain teas, such as oolong, puerh, or some green teas like matcha or gyokuro.
Tea drunk can be a feeling of euphoria, calm, focus, or just the opposite: rapid heart beat, jitters, and other symptoms of caffeine overload. Even though tea brewed has 1/3 to 1/2 the amount of caffeine as brewed coffee, it has enough to effect those sensitibve to caffeine, who might choose to drink less tea and add tisanes/herbals to their daily enjoyment. And the L-theanine in tea tends to amortize the jitters of caffeine in tea, unlike coffee.
The optimum amount of tea per day for most adults, from what I have been able to find in years of reading and comparing articles and information, is around 3-4 cups, 8 oz. each, for healthy adults.
However, it also depends on how much tea you are putting into the water. Some people put only 1 tsp. per 8 oz., while others put 1 TBS or more. One TBS is actually 3 teaspoons, or three times what the other person is having.
For most of our teas on calteas.com, we recommend 1.5 tsp. or a heaping teaspoon per 8 oz. of water. If you are going to make a 16 to 20 oz. iced tea, you will be using twice that much, so you will be drinking less glasses of iced tea than cups of hot tea, depending on the size of each.
Children, pregnant women, and others with health problems should consult their doctor before making decisions on how much tea is right for them. And your own body will tell you how tea is affecting your body.
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