Why Green Tea (Benefits of Green Tea) ?
Green tea has been used as a
medicine for thousands of years, originating in China
but widely used throughout Asia this beverage
has a multitude of uses from lowering blood pressure to preventing cancer. The
reason that green tea has more health
benefits attached to it than black tea is (apparently) due to the processing.
Black tea is processed in a way that allows for fermentation whereas green tea’s processing avoids
the fermentation process. As a result, green tea retains maximum amount of
antioxidants and poly-phenols the substances that give green tea its many
Here’s a list of some of its
amazing benefits — benefits that you may not have been aware of. Some of these
benefits are still being debated, so please do your own research if you want to
use green tea for medicinal purposes.
- Weight Loss. Green tea increases the metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify
levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into
- Diabetes. Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels
slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can prevent high
insulin spikes and resulting fat storage.
- Heart Disease. Scientists think, green tea
works on the lining of blood vessels, helping keep them stay relaxed and
better able to withstand changes in blood pressure. It may also protect
against the formation of clots, which are the primary cause of heart
- Esophageal Cancer. It can reduce the risk of
esophageal cancer, but it is also widely thought to kill cancer cells in
general without damaging the healthy tissue around them.
- Cholesterol. Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and
improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
- Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. It is said to delay the
deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Studies carried out
on mice showed that green tea protected brain cells from dying and
restored damaged brain cells.
- Tooth Decay. Studies suggests that the chemical antioxidant “catechin” in tea can destroy bacteria and viruses that
cause throat infections, dental caries and other dental conditions
- Blood Pressure. Regular consumption of green tea is thought to reduce
the risk of high blood pressure.
- Depression. Theanine is an amino acid naturally
found in tea leaves. It is this substance that is thought to provide a
relaxing and tranquilizing effect and be a great benefit to tea drinkers.
- Anti-viral and Anti-bacterial. Tea catechins
are strong antibacterial and antiviral agents which make them effective
for treating everything from influenza to cancer. In some studies green
tea has been shown to inhibit the spread of many diseases.
- Skincare. Green tea can apparently also help with wrinkles and
the signs of aging, This is because of their
antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Both animal and human studies
have demonstrated that green tea applied topically can reduce sun damage.