Why Green Tea Is Good For You
The Benefits of Drinking Green Tea- And Why It Is Good For You
Green Tea may help treat a wide range of health conditions.
Chinese and Indian traditional uses of green tea include treating gas, regulating body temperature and blood sugar, promoting digestion, and improving mental processes. Practitioners also used green tea as a stimulant, a diuretic, an astringent, and to improve heart health.
Many studies have revealed that free radicals contribute to the aging process as well as the development of a number of health problems, including cancer and heart disease. Antioxidants such as polyphenols in green tea can neutralize these free radicals and may help to reduce or even prevent some of the damage they cause.
Green tea has been extensively studied in people, animals, and laboratory experiments. Results from these studies suggest that green tea may help treat a wide range of health conditions, some of which are listed below.
- Improves blood flow.
- Improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
- Helps lower high blood pressure.
- Protects from congestive heart failure.
- Allows for greater activity in the working-memory area of the brain.
- Helps block the formation of plaques that are linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Studies show that green tea protects brain cells from dying and restores damaged brain cells.
- Helps keep blood sugar stable.
- Green tea increases metabolism assisting with and contributing to weight loss.
- Helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can prevent high insulin spikes and the resulting fat storage.
- Can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, but it is also widely thought to kill cancer cells in general.
- The chemical antioxidant “catechin” in tea can destroy bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections, dental caries and other dental conditions.
- Green tea can apparently also help with wrinkles and the signs of aging. This is because of it’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities.
What Is Green Tea?
Cultivated for centuries, tea had it’s beginnings in India and China and is now the most widely consumed beverage in the world, second only to water. Tea has three main varieties, green, black, and oolong. Their differences stem from how these three varieties are processed.
Green tea is made from unfermented leaves and reportedly contains the highest concentration of antioxidants called polyphenols. Many studies suggest that green tea (Camellia sinesis) in particular has many health benefits.
Loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the human body, green tea improves brain function, helps with fat loss, and lowers the risk of cancer.
As stated above, there are many benefits to drinking green tea. One cup of green tea provides roughly 100 mg of polyphenols337 and has antioxidant effects that are greater than a serving of broccoli, spinach, carrots or strawberries.
However the reality is that one cup of tea a day may not give you all of the antioxidant advantages needed by the body. The interpretation is still in question as to how much green tea daily will be sufficient to see all the goodness which can be derived from this magnificent plant, the tea bush (Camellia sinensis).
So to take advantage of all the benefits derived from drinking green tea, you may want to consider taking a green tea supplement as well. I drink Green Tea, but I also supplement, and I highly recommend Life Extension’s decaffeinated Mega Green Tea Extract (vegetarian capsules). One capsule of Life Extension’s Mega Green Tea Extract provides more polyphenols than you get from drinking seven cups of green tea.
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To your good health,