There’s been lots of health-hype lately surrounding the benefits of green tea. I’m certain you’ve heard it, too. Have you ever wondered: “Is it really worth my while to drink tea of the green variety?” Stick around and decide for yourself.
Firstly, lets understand some importance and benefits of green tea and where was it originated.
Green tea is a type of tea that is made from Camellia sinensis leaves and buds that have not undergone the same withering and oxidation process used to make oolong teas and black teas. Green tea originated in China, but its production and manufacture has spread to other countries in East Asia.
The Claims and Benefits of Green Tea
A Rich Source of Anti-Oxidants
What are anti-oxidants?
Anti-oxidants neutralize “free radicals” or unstable molecules in the body that can eventually become unfriendly and wreak havoc on the cells. Free radical damage can cause everything from sun damage to hardening of the arteries.
Green tea will help you bulk up on the anti-oxidant warriors that help to both lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease by controlling blood pressure.
As already mentioned in the blog related to, “Super foods that Boosts Immunity”, there are 2 main antioxidants in Green Tea called as Polyphenols and Flavonoids, that are credited with booting immune functions.
Another powerful antioxidant called as Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) has also shown to enhance immune functions. Immune system in your body is a very large process that contains of lots of cells.
Green Tea is a good source of the amino acid L-theanine, which further, may aid in the production of germ-fighting compounds in your T cells.
Cancer is caused by uncontrolled growth of cells. It’s one of the world’s leading causes of death. Research has shown that oxidative damage can lead to chronic inflammation, which can lead to chronic diseases, including cancers.
Antioxidants can help protect against oxidative damage. As green tea is an excellent source of Antioxidants, it can be very useful for the body to prevent cancer cells from growing.
Green tea has been shown to lower rates of cancer in Asian populations. The cancers studied and which have been recorded include: bladder, colon, esophagus, pancreas, rectal and stomach.
New evidence suggests green tea may also help prevent prostate cancer, as well.
Help with Arthritis
Studies also suggest there is possible anti-inflammatory and arthritis preventing effects in green tea although, I’ll admit, solid scientific evidence was difficult to come by.
By simple suggestion, I’ll give green tea an A for effort in the arthritis category.
Green tea has been proven to protect liver cells by stimulating the immune system. Green tea protects the liver by warding off toxins such as alcohol and cigarette smoke.
“THAT DEFINITELY DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN CONSUME ALCOHOL AND CIGARETTE AND USE GREEN TEA AS A MEDICINE.”
Green tea has been thought to promote oral health (although scientific proof was difficult to come by here, too). Green tea is supposed to work against bacteria, protecting teeth from cavities.
I am pretty sure, almost everyone reading this would know the benefits of green tea extracts in regards to weight loss. (At least TV commercials are highly focusing on it and have raised a tremendous business over it) Here’s another benefit that will raise many an eyebrow.
Several sources I found claimed that green tea may actually help to stimulate weight loss.
Yes! Green tea contains polyphenols (molecule compounds) that actually help the body to burn weight and regulate both blood sugar and insulin levels. Green tea extract helps burn more calories and also helps in increased fat oxidation.
Caffeine that’s present in the green tea, helps improve performance and also a great metabolism.
The Bad News
What’s the bad news? The only negative side effect I’ve found is the simple recorded cases of insomnia due to naturally occurring caffeine in green tea. It looks like there’s only 30-60mg in 6-8 ounces of tea, however.
That’s less than half the caffeine content of coffee which weighs in at 90 mg. per 8 ounce cup.
Other FAQ’s About Green Tea
How much green tea is enough to reap the benefits?
No one seems to be too sure about the answer to this question, either. Let’s be realistic – most people could easily drink 3-4 cups of green tea daily. This is a good round number and one that I came up with based on its frequency in the research studied. A suggestion: why not try replacing your usual cup of coffee with a clean dose of health?
Where to get a good cup of tea?
Check out your local grocery for my favorite: TE-A-ME. There’s plenty of others, but I like the way TE-A-ME aims to zip up green tea with variety. They even have a Cranberry-Apple, Cinnamon Infusion & Wild Berry flavor that’s de-lish!
If drinking tea really isn’t your thing, but you still want the benefits – no problem! Green tea is now available in capsule form, too. Here’s where you can find the Green Tea Capsules.
In this scientist’s opinion, green tea is well worth your consideration. The simple speculation of benefits is enough to get excited about it. It’s easy to digest, tastes good and, hey, if it helps me with my goal of wellness and illness prevention, I’ll take ample tea time, any day!
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