The Benefits of Drinking Green Tea (Camellia sinensis)
There are many benefits that have been attributed to the drinking of green tea. It has been said to inhibit the growth of cancer cells, lower cholesterol and to treat a variety of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's. Green tea is rich in catechin polyphenols, especially epigallocatechin gallage (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful antioxidant. Green tea is processed differently than other teas; the leaves are steamed which retains the EGCG. In the brewing of regular tea, the EGCG is oxodized.
In addition to the health benefits, green tea is also helpful in losing weight. Drinking five cups of green tea a day can burn 70 to 80 calories. The catechins increase the levels of norepinephrine, which speeds up metabolism. Green tea is also promoted as having anti-aging properties.
Drinking green tea is a good alternative if you wish to cut down on your caffeine. Green tea has less caffeine than coffee, and decaffeinated green tea is available. I also find that green tea settles an upset stomach quickly.
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The benefits of drinking green tea by Susan Keeping is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
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