Green tea has been around for ages and has long been known for its numerous health benefits. It is made by steaming fresh leaves, which leads to a higher production of polyphenols. Green tea is composed of approximately 30% to 40% polyphenols, while black tea contains only 3% to 10%. Polyphenols are antioxidants found in plants that are known to have an abundance of positive health benefits.
Green Tea and Cancer
Because green tea contains a substantial amount of polyphenols, drinking it on a daily basis may possibly be able to lower a person’s risk for developing cancer. Antioxidants such as polyphenols help to lower the amount of free radicals produced within the human body. Free radicals are produced when there are an abundance of toxins in the body. They can be set off by taking in a large amount of chemical preservatives, such as by consuming soft drinks, processed and fast food, etc. They can also start producing as a result of mental, emotional, and physical stress.
Green Tea and the Immune System
Free radicals have been known to multiply in individuals who are already suffering from a severe health condition. They are especially active in people who have poor immune systems. They work by breaking down they body’s cells by erupting their natural structure and replacing them until the body is ridden with disease. Free radicals tend to increase naturally with age, which explains why people usually become stricken with numerous deadly diseases toward the end (and unfortunately sometimes the middle) of their lives.
Free radicals can be successfully combated by consumption of antioxidants. Green tea contains enough antioxidants to eliminate the majority of unwanted free radicals, thus, lowering a person’s chance for developing deadly diseases, such as cancer.
Green Tea Diets and Weight Loss
Due to the EGCG that green tea naturally contains, it can also assist in helping an individual to lose weight. Green tea diets – be it in the form of beverage, extracts or pills – assist in weight loss by boosting the body’s heat production, thereby burning more calories and jump starting the metabolism. There are many diets available today to anyone who is fighting with too much weight. Before using such diets, however, proper research should be done in ensuring that the diet is approved by the FDA.
Green Tea and Caffeine
Another benefit of green tea is that it contains caffeine. The good news is that it doesn’t contain as much caffeine as coffee, which can sometimes account for the “jitters” that people develop throughout the day. The caffeine in green tea combine with EGCG promotes a sufficient boost in the body’s overall metabolism and provides just the right amount of energy needed to help get the body in motion. Although weight loss isn’t achieved overnight, drinking at least a couple of glasses of green tea per day can certainly help to assist with the process.
These are just a few of the benefits of green tea. Other benefits include its ability to lower blood pressure, improving concentration by increasing mental alertness, lower bad cholesterol, decrease the process of aging, protect against cavities, and lower the chances of developing blood clots.
Drinking green tea from tea mugs offers in addition a different type of benefit: that of the absolute pleasure of sipping it and tasting its wonderful aroma.
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