You’ve probably heard of Green Tea Health Benefits. The positive research results from drinking this ancient health beverage just keep stacking up as studies continues to confirm what Chinese have known for at least the last 4000 years.
Although it is not classed as a medicine, Green tea is sometimes labelled a “wonder drink” with its many health benefits and natural medicinal properties. It has also become popular in some herbal supplements including Green Tea Diet Pills.
Green tea is made from the same plant (Camellia sinensis), as other teas such as oolong and black teas, but the difference lies in the way it is prepared. Thi is where the Green Tea health benefits come from. In fact, very little processing is required to produce green tea. In most cases the leaves are dried immediately after harvesting or briefly treated with steam prior to drying.
There are a few types of tea that are also lightly roasted. Because of this minimal processing, the leaves keep their green color and more importantly they keep the very beneficial ingredients that contribute to their healing properties. Most of the health benefits of green tea are attributed to the presence of catechin polyphenols, one of which is the compound EGCG (epigallacatechin gallate). So it’s the steaming process as opposed to fermentation that keeps the properties of EGCG that are so beneficial to the human body. Green tea leaves also contain caffeine, tannins, essential oils, proteins, vitamins, minerals and trace elements such as fluoride, zinc and potassium.
Most of the benefits of green tea that have been studied so far relate to the polyphenols. Polyphenols are a group of naturally occurring plant chemicals with very high antioxidant potential. In green tea the substance known as EGCG appears to be the polyphenol that is most active. It is the polyphenols that inhibit cancer growth because they are powerful antioxidants that attack free radicals in our bodies that lead to many diseases if not checked.
Green Tea health benefits are helpful in preventing and fighting a wide range of diseases and disorders. Of course the most publicized benefits revolve around anti-cancer activities, cardiovascular benefits and even the potential of lowering LDL cholesterol levels. Some of the other diseases and ailments that green tea is used to relieve and assist the body with healing itself include:
Various forms of cancer
Inflammatory bowel disease
In addition, green tea is also beneficial for detoxification and weight loss. It assists weight loss because it is thought to speed up the metabolism - the rate at which the body uses it's fuel. It has also shown to assist with regulation of blood sugar levels which helps to curb appetite.
If you would like to do a general body detox but you’re addicted to caffeine and don’t want to actually give it up completely then Green Tea can be helpful as a cleansing drink for the duration of the detox. Green Tea contains only a fraction of the caffeine that normal tea and coffee do and comes with all the other added health benefits.
A study by Cleveland's Western Reserve University concluded that drinking four or more cups of green tea per day could help prevent rheumatoid arthritis. Green tea can also reduce symptoms in individuals already suffering from the disease.
One of the many Green Tea health benefits is that it is able to help protect the body against cancer. Green tea contains strong antioxidants that fight those toxins that lead to cancer before they start to attack the cells so helping to prevent cancer before it starts.
The polyphenols in Green Tea can also help to inhibit the growth of cancerous cells and so prevent the cancer from spreading. A publication in Herbs for Health cites a Japanese report stating that men who drank ten cups of green tea per day stayed cancer-free for three years longer than men who drank less than three cups a day.
Research shows that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol. It does this by connecting with cholesterol, absorbing and blocking it.
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