Is Earl Grey Good For You?

Every day I start my day pretty much the same – I roll out of bed and head straight for the kettle to make myself a cup of Earl Grey! But I got to wondering – is Earl Grey actually good for me? I decided to do some research and share my findings here. 

Benefits: 

  1. 1. It’s good for your teeth. It contains high levels of the antioxidant Catechin, which amongst other things is really good for oral health – helping to protect teeth from infections and decay. It also contains fluoride, which helps prevent cavities. 
  2. It helps digestion. Earl grey has been proven to improve digestion and gut health. It can help relieve indigestion, colic and nausea, and may even help with constipation and bloating. 
  3. It can help with anxiety and depression, as well as stress, because it contains bergamot. The aromatherapy properties of bergamot can lift the mood and have a calming effect. The soothing effects can work on the body immediately after drinking it. 
  4. It may improve cardiovascular and heart health. Some studies showed that drinking 3 cups per day can increase levels of antioxidants and good cholesterol, while lowering bad cholesterol and blood sugars, so it works as a very good preventative measure for heart disease. 
  5. Boosts the immune system. The bergamot extracts in Earl Grey help to improve the immune system, and are a natural way to prevent and to fight colds and flu. 

Possible side effects: 

Drinking very large amounts of Earl Grey can cause some side effects. 

The main issue is that ingesting large amounts of bergamot may inhibit your ability to absorb potassium. This can lead to muscle cramps, muscle twitches, burning or prickling sensations, blurry vision or pressure in the eyes. If you experience these symptoms, you need to stop drinking Earl Grey.

Drinking tea with your meals can also hinder iron absorption, so it’s best to drink it between meals.