Green Tea and Urine Smell - Any View?

by Marie
(Oshawa Ontario Canada)

I drink 3-4 pots of tea a day (12-16 cups) Since I have been drinking tea my urine odour has been strong. I am gong to try drinking more water and less tea. But, is this a side effect of green tea at all?


I am not aware that this is a green tea side effect. If anything, green tea has been known to help with reducing urinary infection.

One thing I do note is that you seem to drink a very large quantity of green tea. You may want to check you are drinking a quality cup of tea, not something that is highly processed.

For further information about the best green tea to drink, read

Green Tea Beverage Brands - Best Of 7 Types Reviewed

I will leave this post open for future contributors.


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Oct 05, 2010
Urine smell
by: Kimberly

I to have what I have named SPS Smelly Pee Syndrome. I had this for almost a year. I got sick and was put on an antibiotic and it went away. It was a urinary track infection. I only have one functioning kidney so I need to be careful. I now know if I have SPS I have a UTI. You may want to have that checked out as the smell of my urine is my only symptom.

Nov 30, 2010
Green tea and strong pee
by: Marie

I too have notice stong urine smell since I have been drinking alot of green tea. I normally drink Telly Green Tea. Is there a better one I should be drinking?

Jan 26, 2011
Urine odour
by: Anonymous

I also suffered from gross urine odour. After removing a different medication and food from my diet for 24hrs I found green tea was the cause. Well the odour disappear within 12hrs. I was drinking about 4-6 cups of high quality green tea leaves( not bagged tea) / day. No green tea for nearly a week = no odour.

Feb 12, 2011
Urine Smell
by: Monica

I was a heavy coffee drinker (3-4 cups a day) for a long time until I was diagnosed with high cholesterol and high triglycerides.

After talking to my doctor she wanted me to start on a medication call Tricor, I refused and I wanted to lower it on my own.

After reading I found out that drinking green tea will be beneficial for me not only for the caffeine but for my cholesterol.

I started drinking a venti Ice green tea lemonade with artificial sugar about two to three a day, after two and a half weeks I started to notice a weird smell on my urine follow by an irritation just like when you are going to get a urine infection.

I am planning on talking to my doctor about this since I am due for my cholesterol count soon. I will post my doctors input on this matter later

Nov 10, 2011
Green tea
by: anniejones

It is great when or not feeling well and it tastes great. I like the smell of it, it is as smooth drink!

Feb 16, 2014
by: Anonymous

I've been drinking green tea for breakfast for quite a few years now, and it was only this week that I realised that it was the cause of the smelly urine I've had for some time. The vagina area was smelly too. I had changed to black tea for a couple of weeks and the smelly urine stopped, then started again when I resumed drinking green tea. It's just ordinary gunpowder tea I drink. I know it's supposed to be good for us, and there are times when I just can't drink black tea, so I'll probably continue drinking it - just not so often. It's not nice to feel that you smell 'down there.'

Oct 09, 2014
Green tea and smelly urine
by: Anonymous

I to realize when drinking green tea my urine has a very high odor even when I drink a lot of water. I stop drinking it and realize that the odor went away.

Jan 08, 2015
Green Tea and Pee
by: Anonymous

I started drinking green tea with artificial sweetener in it instead of so much soda, and after a time I noticed a very strong odour in my urine.
I cut out the green tea and in 12 hours the smell vanished, too. Don't think it was anything harmful, but I did think it was an odd side-effect .

Jan 26, 2015
green tea
by: Anonymous

I've been drinking one cup of green tea a day and I have a smelly urine. I'm going to stop drinking it. It also makes my urine orange.

Feb 11, 2015
by: Chuck

Green Tea DOES make your pea pea smell!!!
The author needs to Google it.

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