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Green tea: good for the gut, brain, heart—and potentially toxic to the liver? That was the case for a 16-year-old girl from the U.K. who ended up in the hospital after drinking Chinese green tea she ordered online as part of a weight-loss plan, according to a recent article published in BMJ Case Reports.
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After sipping the beverage three times a day for three months, she started having symptoms of dizziness and stomach pains. Her physician diagnosed her with a UTI, but after a few unsuccessful rounds of antibiotics and even more symptoms (she started showing signs of jaundice, a yellowing of the skin), she was sent to the hospital, where docs uncovered she had herb-induced hepatitis.