The more you know about Green Tea, the more you gain from it
If the endless list of physical health benefits were not enough to convince the non-green tea drinker, this miracle tea has mental health promoting properties too. A naturally occurring amino acid, theanine, found in the leaves helps to deal with stress and depression.
Being a part of the early morning rituals of millions around the world, a steeping hot cup of tea is an indispensable part of the menu. With a history dating back to a time over three centuries, tea is one of the most widely consumed beverages, second only to water. Even though there are countless varieties of tea being produced world-wide, they all stem from three basic varieties - green, black and oolong. All produced from the plant species Camellia sinensis, the difference lies in their fermentation process. Undergoing the least amount of processing, green tea is made from relatively unfermented leaves retaining the highest concentration of antioxidants, and in effect, having the greatest potential benefits. Being processed to a greater degree, the other two teas lose most of their antioxidant properties.
The relatively simple and deceptively ordinary looking green tea leaves are like a medical gold mine. Their advantages to its regular consumers cannot be overstated. Like a concentrated shot of flavonoids, which are known for their antioxidant and anti-cancer properties, green tea has been proven to promote good health and fight against many diseases, both trivial and serious. Endorsing a healthy heart, the regular consumption of green tea has been known to regulate blood pressure, prevent blood clots and reduce the harmful type of blood cholesterol, thereby preventing serious cardiovascular conditions, namely heart attacks. Green tea has often been called an anticancer beverage, and rightly so. Numerous studies have linked the regular use of green tea to a reduction in the incidence of many types of cancers for e.g. oesophageal, bladder, breast, ovarian, colorectal, lung, pancreatic, prostatic, skin and stomach cancers. The deterioration process seen in diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease is delayed in those who consume green tea regularly.
There could not be a better substitute for those watching their waistline. The increased metabolism that the polyphenols in green tea provides, exaggerates the amount of fat burnt and thus helps in the weight loss process, while adding no calories of its own. Their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties helps the user defy the skin signs of aging, especially the dreaded onset of wrinkles.Having antibacterial and antiviral properties, green tea has the capacity to fight off everything from the common cold to serious forms of cancer.
Despite the endless list of benefits, green tea was, until recently, almost exclusively consumed in China and Japan. Only recently, vast studies that have proven the invaluable attributes of this beverage, have promoted its usage around the world. Organic forms of green tea are becoming very popular due to their safer cultivation techniques. Like the Organic pear green tea, consumption of flavoured green teas is on the rise as they provide the consumer with the variety most of them demand.
The next time one finds oneself going for a cup of a relaxing hot beverage, the benefits of green tea should easily steer them towards this unseemingly miraculous gift of nature.