Can I take green tea extract and iron together?

This question is about Nutrition

Sarah Achleithner

You should not take green tea extract and iron together.

Green tea

contains a compound that binds to iron. When consumed together, green tea extract loses its antioxidant potential, and iron absorption is severely reduced [1].

To avoid this, consider taking green tea supplements two hours before or after eating iron-rich foods like meat, poultry, shellfish, beans, tofu, and fortified breakfast cereals.

green tea supplements


  1. Fan F. S. (2016). Iron deficiency anemia due to excessive green tea drinking. Clinical case reports4(11), 1053–1056.