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Why is green tea beneficial for our health?

Updated on March 17, 2012

Tea is one of the commonly consumed beverages in the world. There are many kinds of tea and all of them originate from one basic plant, Camellia sinensis. Five basic categories of tea are: black tea, green tea, oolong tea, white tea, yellow tea and post fermented tea. The differences between these categories lie in processing and production techniques. This article will focus on green tea, mainly its health benefits.

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As mentioned above, green tea is made from Camellia sinensis. The leaves are allowed to wither for a minimum amount of time and quick heating stops the oxidation process. There are different varieties of green tea with slight variations in the flavour. Besides that it relaxes and relieves stress, green tea is well known for providing many health benefits.

Green tea contains some powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants are molecules that inhibit oxidation of other molecules, thus neutralise free radicals. The antioxidants in green tea reduce the risk of developing heart disease, cancer and some neurological diseases, as well as improve digestion, circulation and skin condition. Moreover, green tea has cholesterol-lowering agents and catechins improving artery function and reducing high blood pressure and LDL cholesterol level. In addition, there is evidence that the polysaccharides (long carbohydrates) in green tea stabilize blood sugar level and can prevent diabetes.

This popular beverage has also gained popularity because of its connection with weight loss. A study shows that catechins and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCE), both found in green tea, help losing and maintaining weight. Long-term consumption of green tea decreases body weight and boost the metabolism. As it regulates blood sugar levels, green tea reduces food cravings. One should bear in mind that it is not a miracle drink and you will not see any change overnight. However, combined with regular exercising routine, you will experience great results.

Enriched with many health-benefiting components, green tea gives us more than enough reasons to include it in our daily diet. No wonder why it is a popular drink in the East for a very long time. Try it and it will definitely become your cup of tea.

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      Keneesha M Hodge 5 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Welcome to Hubpages. Great job! I have a brand of Green Tea I love because its smoother and much more tasteful. Otherwise I would never bother with Green tea.

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      kayha 5 years ago

      Thank you. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Helpful hub! I am just starting out drinking this and to my amazement it isn't bad at all. :)

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      kayha 5 years ago

      I have to admit - when I first tried it I wasn't sure whether I liked the taste, but I think you just need to get used to it. Also, I have heard that the preparation makes a huge difference.

      Thanks for reading.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Black, green it doesn't matter...I drink 2-3 cups a day and it's delicious!:)

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      Sunita-Sharma 5 years ago from Los Angeles,California,US

      I love green tea,it's really good for skin.Nice Hub!

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      kayha 5 years ago

      Thank you, Sunshine. Yes, tea is very tasteful and soothing.

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      kayha 5 years ago

      Thanks, Sunita. True, it has great benefits.

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      Chris Achilleos 5 years ago

      Great hub kayha, voted up and useful! :)

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      kayha 5 years ago

      Thanks, Chris, for stopping by. :)

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Kayha

      Great hub! I drink lots of green tea. :)

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      kayha 5 years ago

      Hi, Sueswan. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it. :)

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