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Updated on February 6, 2013

Green tea

Green tea is considered as a healthy drink. The scientific name of green tea is Camellia sinesis. Green tea comes in three varieties - green, black and oolong. Green tea, because of its numerous health benefits, is considered as a healthy drink. Originally it was cultivated only in east Asia, but today it is cultivated throughout Asia and parts of the Middle East and Africa. Green tea is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is a powerful anti-oxidant. In recent years more studies are conducted by scientists to find out the health benefits of green tea.

Benefits of Green tea

The researchers suggest that green tea can benefit for the following conditions -

1. Prevents cancer because of its high anti-oxidant content.

2. Provides protection against coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis. (a condition where arteries narrow due to due to fatty deposits within the arterial wall).

3. Prevents rheumatoid arthritis and those who already have this condition helps to reduce its symptoms

4. Prevents infection

5. Prevents from high cholesterol level, increases good cholesterol level

6. Prevents certain types of cancers, (breast cancer, bladder cancer, ovarian cancer, colorectal cancer, esophageal cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, skin cancer, stomach cancer etc) and those who already suffer with this condition, kills cancer cells without harming good cells.

7. Prevents tooth decays

8. Improves mental alertness

9. helps in weight loss

10. Green tea prevents Hepatitis C Reinfection In Liver Transplant Patients, according to German researchers..

There are several articles available citing the benefits of green tea.

Preparing green tea

There is an ancient Chinese proverb about green tea. Better to be deprived of food for three days than tea for one. This proverb alone indicates the importance of green tea.

Green tea is made from unfermented leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant., which has the highest concentration of powerful antioxidants.

  • Green tea should be prepared in the proper way. Otherwise its medical qualities will be lost.
  • Fill a kettle with plain water and boil it.
  • Unplug the kettle and keep it for about three minutes.
  • Add green tea and keep it for about three minutes. (If the tea bag is used remove the bag and add only the tea)
  • Leave it to cool for another three minutes.
  • Now the tea is ready to drink.

Earlier only Chinese, Indian and Japanese people were drinking green tea. They have been using green tea in traditional medicines. After knowing its health benefits now it is widely used globally, and has become the second most popular beverage in the world. Green tea is also known as Chinese tea and Japanese tea.

Green tea extracts are also available as capsules.

Cautions for using Green tea

Researchers suggest that If used in excess green tea can cause liver problems.

Since green tea contains caffeine it can cause insomnia, anxiety, irritability, stomach upset, nausea etc.

Those who suffer from any of the medical problems should consult a doctor before using green tea.

Researchers also suggest that pregnant and breastfeeding women should also avoid green tea.

It is also not recommended for children since there is no scientific report of green tea benefits for pediatric use.

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      lex123 5 years ago

      Thanks oliversmum for stopping by and leaving a valuable comment. Until I did a thorough search on it I too didn't know green tea has so many benefits. Now it is included in my routine. Thanks for voting it up.

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      oliversmum 5 years ago from australia

      lex123 Hi. Thank you for all this information on the benefits of green tea.

      We have heard a lot about it,but have never tried it,that is until now.

      It sounds like it has some incredible properties that will help with a range of conditions.

      Thank you again for sharing this knowledge with us. Voted up and very useful.:):)

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      lex123 5 years ago

      Thanks Ruchira for visiting my hub and commenting. It is a good idea to use dallop or honey with green tea. I must try with honey.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Loved your hub lex123. I usually like my green tea with a dallop of honey.

      thanks for sharing this useful information.

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      lex123 5 years ago

      Glad to know that you too have written articles about drinking green tea. You're true. It has amazing benefits. Thanks for your visit and the comment.

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      katrinasui 5 years ago

      I have also written few articles about the benefits of drinking green tea. Green tea has so many benefits and thats why i am regularly using it.