Tea is a divine herb. Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage.
Green Tea is native to China and India. It was used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine, to control bleeding and heal wounds, help aid digestion, improve heart & mental health and regulate body temperature. Studies have shown that green tea can potentially have positive effects on weight loss, healing diseases from liver disorders to type 2 diabetes.
Tea is generally considered as the most consumed beverage in the world after water, however 80% of the tea consumed worldwide is black, whereas green tea accounts for only 20%.
All types of teas, except herbal tea are brewed from the dried leaves of the Camellia sinensis bush. The level of oxidation of the leaves determines the type of tea.
Green tea is made from un-oxidized leaves. It is one of the less processed types of tea after white tea. Green tea contains one of the most antioxidants and beneficial polyphenols. Green tea contains a relatively small amount of caffeine (approximately 20-45 milligrams per 8 oz cup), compared with black tea which contains about 50 milligrams.
Green tea is considered one of the world’s healthiest drinks and contains one of the highest amount of antioxidants.
- Green Tea Increases fat burning and Improves Physical Performance, hence helping in Weight Loss.
Green tea has been shown to increase fat burning and boost the metabolic rate. It is an active ingredient in fat burning supplements.
- Improves Cholesterol.
Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
- Green Tea May Lower Your Risk of Type II Diabetes
Diabetes involves having elevated blood sugar levels in the context of insulin resistance or an inability to produce insulin. Studies have shown that green tea can improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood sugar levels.
- Green Tea Can Kill Bacteria, thus improving the Dental Health and lowering your Risk of Infection
The catechins in green tea inhibits the growth of bacteria and certain viruses. This lowers the risk of infections and leads to improvements in dental health, thereby lowering the risk of caries and reducing bad breath.
- Green Tea can protect your Brain in Old Age, Lowering Your Risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease in humans and a leading cause of dementia. Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease.
Studies carried out on mice showed that green tea protected brain cells from dying and restored damaged brain cells. The bioactive compounds in green tea has various protective effects on neurons and may reduce the risk of both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
- Green Tea May Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
Green tea works on the lining of blood vessels, helping them stay relaxed and withstand changes in blood pressure. It also protects against the formation of clots, which are the primary cause of heart attacks.
Cancer is caused by uncontrolled growth of cells. It is one of the world’s leading causes of death. Also the oxidative damage in our body contributes to the development of cancer. Thus the antioxidants in green tea have a protective effect.
Studies have shown that drinking green tea can reduce risk of:
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
Green tea can also help in reducing wrinkles and the signs of aging due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities.
- Reduces Blood Pressure
- Green Tea May Decrease Your Risk of Dying and Help You Live Longer:
By overall reducing the diseases and cancers, it helps improve the life span.