Green tea, which is considered to be one of the most popular herbal supplements in the world today, has only been until recently discovered by the world to have a lot of many nutritional benefits. It has actually been enjoyed by the Chinese and Japanese cultures, as well as other cultures in Asia, for thousands of years already, specifically for its medicinal purposes. Based on studies, people should brew the leaves in their natural and original form instead of using tea bags in order to garner the best quality health benefits from it.
Basically, tea that are made from leaves are good for you since it is mainly made up of safe elements, such as water, phytochemicals, and caffeine. Green tea, however, only contains a quarter of the amount of caffeine found in coffee, and about half of the amount of caffeine in black tea. This is because green tea leaves are not fermented, unlike black tea, which is why black tea contains more caffeine. This means that people can enjoy drinking green tea at just about any time of the day since they are drinking less amount of caffeine per cup.
Green tea has a lot of different advantages, most of which are health-related. Researchers have found that consumption of green tea can help in the prevention of certain diseases and ailments, as well as benefit the body’s overall well-being. One of the reason for green tea being beneficial is due to the fact that it is rich in healthy antioxidants such as flavonoids, which is a compound found in plants, and catechin polyphenols. Catechins, which are 25 to 100 times more potent than vitamins C and E, are very beneficial for the heart and circulatory health, as well as the body’s natural resistance to certain diseases, such as cancer of the bladder, breast, colon, esophagus, lung, pancreas, prostate, skin and stomach.
As described earlier, green tea can help reduce the risk of heart diseases since the antioxidants in it helps stop the oxidation process of LDL (bad) cholesterol, and at the same time increase the HDL (good) cholesterol in the body, as well as enhance the function of the artery. This is probably the reason why most green tea drinkers have a lesser chance of death following a heart attack as compared to those who doesn’t.
Other benefits of drinking green tea is that it helps lower blood pressure, even for those who have a high intake of sodium, which is a risk factor for high blood pressure. It also helps lower the risk of developing cancers, such as stomach and esophageal cancer. It also reduce the risk of arthritis by decreasing the movement of blood cell that causes the inflammation when exposed to green tea antioxidants. Drinking green tea also helps trigger the immune system to ward off the chemicals in cigarette smoke and effects of alcohol. Weight management can also benefit from drinking green tea, as well as the prevention of tooth decay.
There are a whole lot of other health benefits that can be enjoyed by simply drinking a few glasses of green tea everyday.
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