Benefits of Green Tea
Green tea has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years, starting in China but used widely throughout Asia, this amazing beverage has many uses ranging from diet - weightloss, IBS, to lowering blood pressure, according to the experts.
We list some of the associated benefits of green tea below:
- Diabetes – Green tea can help regulate body glucose levels, potentially preventing high insulin levels.
- Weight Loss – Green tea is known to increase body metabolism. The polyphenol, found in green tea can intensify the levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body can turn food into calories.
- Skincare – Green tea can help prevent wrinkles and other forms of aging, due to the antioxidant properties in Green Tea.
- Heart Disease – Scientists believe that green tea has relaxing properties, affecting the lining of blood vessels, helping keep them relaxed and more able to withstand changes in blood pressure.
- Esophageal Cancer – Green Tea can potentially reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, and it is widely thought to kill cancer cells in general without damaging the healthy tissue around them.
- Cholesterol – Green tea can reduce bad cholesterol in the blood and improve the ratio of good to bad cholesterol.
- Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s – Green Tea is said to help delay the deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
- Tooth Decay – Studies have suggested that catechin in green tea can destroy bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections, dental caries and other dental conditions.
The question persists – why don’t other forms of Chinese tea produce similar benefits? Green tea, oolong tea and black teas all come from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. What sets green tea apart is apparently the way it is processed.
Green tea leaves are typically steamed, which prevents the EGCG compound from being oxidized. In contrast, black and oolong tea leaves are made typically from fermented leaves, that results in the EGCG being converted into other compounds, that are not as effective in disease prevention.
So there we have it. Green Tea has so many benefits, what an amazing drink!