Why Drink Green Tea?
Today, various health benefits of green tea are constantly
being reported and many scientists are now focusing their
attention on the simple, yet profound beverage that is green
Like all three of the major Asian teas in the market, green
tea comes from the plant called Carmellia sinensis. Much of the
health benefits of green tea are due to the steaming method of
making it. As opposed to black and oolong tea which undergoes
full oxidization, green tea is only gently steamed, preserving
the natural antioxidants in its original form.
The antioxidants in green tea help fight free radicals.
According to tradition, Chinese green tea could cure anything
from headaches, body aches, and pains to constipation and
depression. Over the centuries, more health claims were made
for Chinese green tea until it began to appear as a miracle
Chinese green tea is said to increase the blood flow
throughout the body. Because green tea contains a little
caffeine, ingesting this drink stimulates the heart and allows
the blood to flow more freely through the blood vessels. For
the same reason that Chinese green tea stimulates blood flow,
it also stimulates mental clarity.
Green tea detoxifies the body. Antioxidants in green tea can
boost immunity, preserve young-looking skin, and brighten the
eyes. Green tea researchers claim that it can help prevent food
poisoning and also prevent tooth decay. The substances found in
green tea kill the bacteria causing food poisoning and those
that cause dental plaque to form.
Green tea aids in digestion and banishes fatigue. Chinese
green tea is also said to prolong the lifespan.
For many years, researchers remained skeptical about the
health claims made by green tea enthusiasts. The role of
Chinese green tea in promoting longevity has been studied and
tested in many trials and reports. This led some researchers to
believe that Chinese green tea has “a protective factor against
The polyphenols found in green tea may be responsible for
the health benefits. With its high amount of polyphenols, green
tea seems to have a stimulating effect on the immune system. A
stronger immune system helps reduce the risks of getting
There are many health benefits associated with drinking
green tea. One of these green tea benefits is preventing
cancer. Certain substances present in green tea are said to
help in destroying cancer cells without harming any neighboring
tissues. This substance is called epigallocatechin gallate or
Study after study has shown that drinking green tea and
eating polyphenol-rich foods reduces the risk of any heart
complications. Drinking green tea also helps strengthen the
blood vessels that provide oxygen and valuable nutrients to the
heart and brain. One research reported that men who drink green
tea have 75 percent less possibility of having a stroke than
those who don’t drink green tea. Much as I admire green tea,
I'm thinking those researchers ignored all the other good
things those tea drinking men did.
Green tea helps lower total cholesterol levels and improve
the ratio between LDL cholesterol and HDL cholesterol. Study
shows that men who drink nine or more cups of green tea daily
have lower cholesterol levels than those who drink fewer than
A safer alternative to diet pills for people wanting to lose
weight is adding green tea to your diet.
Green tea diets can be a potential cure
to obesity. The catechin polyphenols present in green tea diets
can delay the reaction of gastric and pancreatic lipases in the
body. By delaying these enzymes, green tea diets can therefore
stop fat from being stored and prevent obesity in people.
Scientists believed that the weight loss benefits of green
tea extracts are due to their caffeine content but the results
of a study show otherwise as they discovered that green tea
extracts have weight loss benefits beyond that of caffeine.
Further findings indicated that a certain compound found in
green tea extracts might be the ingredient that causes weight
loss. When flavonoids interact with other green tea extract
ingredients, more calories are burned thus contributing to
Another ingredient that actively contributes to the weight
loss benefits of green tea extracts is the compound catechin
polyphenols. The great thing about the weight loss benefit of
green tea extracts is that it does not have any adverse
A study conducted by the University of Geneva on the weight
loss benefit of green tea extract reported that green tea
extract can also help thyroid patients. Green tea extract can
promote weight loss by increasing metabolism without over
stimulating the adrenal glands.