The Health Benefits of Green Tea

Like most teas, green tea comes from the carmellia sinensis bush. To make black tea, the leaves are crushed. Then they are exposed to air. This type of fermentation allows the tea leaves to get its dark color and deep taste. Several famous brands of black tea include English Breakfast, Earl Grey and Lipton.  Green tea, while the leaves come from the same type of bush and are dried just like black tea leaves are, they are not fermented.  Since both green and black tea come from the same bush, they share the same health benefits.  However, the green variety is healthier tea to drink than the black since all the natural flavors and chemicals are left intact. This tea has a distinct fresh and light flavor. Some people even say it has a slight taste of the leaves.



The Health Benefits of Green Tea

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There are many health benefits of green tea . Just ask Chinese and Japanese people. They have been drinking green tea to treat many health ailments and conditions years before modern science and medicine were even thought of. Once only used in the Far East, people all over the world drink green tea. Not only does it taste good, it also is good for you.

It has been shown that green tea helps with:

Relieving Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Lowering High Cholesterol Levels
Reducing the Risk of Getting Cardiovascular Disease
Treating Bacterial Infections
Boosting the Immune System
Preventing Tooth Decay
Helping People Lose Weight
Aiding in Skin Cell Rejuvenation

Health Benefits

 

There is reason to believe that drinking green tea helps reduce the chance of getting cancer. This is based on the fact that people living in Japan and China have lower cancer rates than other countries around the world. Studies are continuing in this field,

Green tea is loaded with a powerful anti-oxidant known as Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).  We need anti-oxidants to protect our bodies against free radicals or damaged cells. These damaged cells will attack the good ones and damage them as well. Green tea plays a key role of destroying the bad cells before they cause any further damage. While EGCG helps repair damaged cells because of free radicals, it also bring about anti-aging properties. Drinking a daily cup of green tea will help you maintain that youthful look.  Not only will you look young on the outside, you also will be young on the inside since these anti-aging properties are effective in fighting against degenerative conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Drinking one cup of green tea provides you with 200 milligrams of this anti-oxidant. To get the most benefit of this disease fighting, cell regenerating antioxidant, it is suggested that you drink at least five cups of green tea a day. This might seem a lot to drink each day. However, Lipton and other brands have iced teas that have green tea as a main ingredient.

Green tea boosts the immune system because it contains flavonoids. If you have a cold or the flu, drinking this tea can help fight the symptoms. You can even prevent yourself from getting sick in the first place by having a cup of this tea on a daily basis.

Green tea contains expectorant properties. This tea helps with respiratory problems such as:

 

Bronchitis
Sore Throat
Asthma
Tonsillitis
Coughs
Fevers

 

Green tea contains calming properties. This tea is very beneficial for people who suffer from anxiety, stress and insomnia. Drinking a cup of tea to help alleviate stress also helps your heart at the same time. When you have high levels of bad cholesterol in your bloodstream, your arteries get clogged up with fatty buildup. This causes high blood pressure, because your heart has to work faster to move the blood through the arteries. This in turn can lead to a heart attack or stroke. This tea can reduce the amount of bad cholesterol. Therefore it also can reduce the chances of getting a heart attack or stroke. Taking it will also speed up your metabolism. When your metabolism is increased, more fat will be burned.

Green tea is a natural pain reliever because of its anti-inflammatory properties. This tea is very effective for people who suffer from:

 

Headaches

Migraines

Toothaches

Arthritis pain

Joint pain

Muscle Pain

Sprains

 

While you will benefit from a cup of green tea each day, the more often you drink it, the better the health benefits you are getting. Did you know that Asians sometimes drink up to ten cups of tea again? Maybe we should learn something from the people from the Far East.

 

Where to Purchase Green Tea Products

 

You can purchase green tea either in tea bags or as a loose tea.  If you want to get all the benefits of green loose tea, you will need to purchase a tea ball or a tea infuser spoon. You can find these at most grocery stores in the tea and coffee aisle. If you prefer using tea bags, you can find these at most grocery stores as well. However, it is said that the bags sometimes affect the taste of green tea and you might not get all the health benefits that this tea promises. Also when you purchase loose green tea, the leaves will be a lot fresher than what is found in the teabags.

You can also purchase products containing green tea at your local health food store. These products include:

 

Capsules

Lotions

Extracts

Gum

 



You can also find a wide variety of products online at sites such as Ebay and Amazon.






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