Green tea has been a staple in China for centuries. They may not have known all of the specific health benefits of drinking it, but they must have known something was good about it. The western hemisphere is now increasingly finding out about it. Green tea is now being sold at grocery stores everywhere. There are also all different brands on the market. You can choose from Chinese brands to even Lipton or Kroger brands.
Green tea gets its color from its very short fermentation process of the Camellia sinensis leaves. Green tea is very high in flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants that protect us from free radicals. One of these is EGCG. These free radicals can damage cells and cause diseases including Diabetes and cancer. Green tea's unique catechins, especially epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) regulates and inhibits cancer growth and kills cells that are growing inappropriately.
"I believe in green tea based on everything written about it," says Katherine Tallmadge, RD, LD, a nutritionist and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. "Green tea, white tea, black tea -- I like all of them."
Some health benefits of green tea: • Raises metabolism levels • Strengthens the immune system • Lowers the risk of developing Diabetes, cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis and heart disease • Helps regulate blood sugar levels • Helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels
It is recommended to drink up to 4 cups of green tea a day to get its full benefits. Most green teas may seem to be a little more bitter than other teas so add a little sweetener if desired. Green tea sold in stores can be found for the same price as regular tea.
I drink at least one cup of Lipton Decaffeinated Green Tea a day. Unlike most people I don't add anything, even sugar, to my tea at all. I like it the way it is. Here’s to discovering a simple way to be healthier in addition to a good diet and exercise.
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Like other teas--including oolong, red, and white--from the Camellia Sinensis plant, green tea originated in China over 5000 years ago and has been a popular drink in other parts of Asia, specifically Japan, for centuries. Valued for its medicinal properties, green tea has long been known to cure indigestion and reduce fatigue, and it has been used as a cure for everything from headaches to urinary tract infections to depression. Today it is recognized as having properties that help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and certain types of cancer.
Modern medical study has found green tea to be considerably beneficial to proper health. It's health benefits can be traced to high levels of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a powerful anti-oxidant that has been found to lower cholesterol, prohibit cancer cell growth, and promote healthy vigorous flow. While green tea comes from the same plant--Camellia Sinensis--as oolong and black tea, it differs in how it is processed. Its unique processing involves the steaming of its leaves, which prevents oxidization of the EGCGcontained within. Unchanged by processing, the EGCG found in the natural green tea plant is left to flourish in the consumer product. A list of specific health benefits currently associated with green tea consumption is as follows: