WHAT IS GREEN TEA?
Green tea is the healthiest tea (possibly the healthiest beverage) in the world.
Green Tea is made from the unfermented leaves of plant called Camellia sinensis with minimal or no oxidation during processing. Since the tea leaves are not fermented but dried or steamed, the color of the tea is green.
WHY GREEN TEA IS DIFFERENT?
There are four types of pure tea: black, oolong, white and green. All these teas are made from same plant called Camellia sinensis. The main factor that distinguishes one type of tea from another is how they are processed during preparation.The following properties of green tea stand out in comparison to other teas
Low concentration of Caffeine (24-45 mg of caffeine per 8 oz. cup of green tea)
In general bitter grassy taste. Some varieties of green tea have a bit of sweetness to them.
Highest concentration of powerful polyphonel antioxidants such as catechins
GREEN TEA IS A SUPERFOOD
Naturally brewed green tea is considered as a superfood for multiple health reasons, ranging from head to toe.
Other Health Benefits
Lowers Risk of Cancer
Green tea helps to kill cancer cell without harming healthy cells. The development of cancer has been linked to oxidative stress (inability of body to detoxify free radical damage through neutralization by antioxidants). Since green tea contains catechins, powerful antioxidant, it can lower the risk of cancer.
Reduces Risk of Heart Disease
The catechins and polyphenolic compounds found in green tea increases antioxidant capacity of blood. This protects cholesterol from oxidation improving the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol. That's why green tea drinkers have much lower chance of cardiovascular disease.
Lowers Risk of Dementia
Dementia is a broad term used for brain disease that affects ability to think and remember enough to interfere daily life. The two major causes of dementia are Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
Various studies have found that high consumption of green tea can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease because of the presence of catechin compounds.
Lowers Risk of Diabetes
Drinking green tea lowers the risk of type II diabetes which accounts for about 85-95% of all diabetes. According to a study published by "Annals of Internal Medicine", drinking more than 6 cups of a day may reduce the risk of type II diabetes by 33%.
Helps to Lose Weight
The polyphenol found in green tea increases the metabolism and boosts up fat oxidation for the short period of time. Thus, green tea may help to lose weight in obese adults if consumed daily.
May Lower High Blood Pressure
The long term intake of green tea along with healthy diet and exercise may reduce the blood pressure significantly. It's because of the compound called EGCG (a catechin).
Green tea helps you make happier. Green tea contains amino acid called L-theanine which has positive effect on nervous system. L-theanine has anti-anxiety, lowers stress level and provides relaxing effect.