There is no other food or drink that has been reported to have as many health benefits as green tea! The Chinese have been using it for the last 4000years to treat almost everything from injuries and pains to mood swings and depression.
Even in recent times ample numbers of studies have reported strong evidence for the health benefits of green tea. For example, a study among Chinese men and women indicated that green tea can reduce the risk of cancer by as much as 60%. There are researches demonstrating its positive effect on lowering total cholesterol and improving the ratio of good to bad cholesterol.
BENEFITS OF GREEN TEA
- Increases metabolism speeds up fat oxidation and aids in weight loss.
- Regulates blood glucose and combats diabetes.
- Increases mental alertness.
- Provides a relaxing and calming effect.
- Reduces risk of Parkinson’s disease.
- Prevents tooth decay.
- Helps prevent food poisoning.
- Prevents skin damage and wrinkling.
- Helps cope with mental disorders.
What is so special about green tea? It is one the most powerful antioxidant and all the benefits of green tea comes from Catechin Polyphenols especially, Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG). Teas such as ‘oolong’ and ‘black’ also come from the same plant but what sets green tea apart is the processing that leaves undergo to produce green tea. Green tea is not fermented, thereby preserving the compound responsible for the above-mentioned benefits. Even though green tea has so many benefits, people are reluctant to consume green tea as they cannot accustom to its bitter after taste. Green tea, despite of having plethora of health benefits, is not the most palatable drink. But now days, green tea comes in different flavors such as basil, mint green, honey lemon, ginger tea, cinnamon etc.). These all teas preserve the original flavor and benefits of green tea, while ensuring the natural ingredients deliver a very pleasant taste.
An important tip – Try sipping on two to four cups of green tea per day for all the benefits.
– Do not add green tea to boiling water, it may destroy the key nutrient, Catechin. Instead try using simmering water.
Happy green tea drinking!!