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Health Benefits of Green Tea Compared to Black, Oolong, and Herbal

Updated on March 10, 2018
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There are a High Degree of Catechins in Green Tea

Green Tea is different from other teas. Green Tea has less caffeine, more antioxidants, more catechins, and far more health benefits than other teas.

It can be confusing as to why the green leaf variety has so much more nutritional benefit to it than other teas and this including those that are made from the same plant as it is. So let's take a look at what properties there are in green tea that makes it so different from the others.

There are four main groups of tea; herbal, Oolong, Black and Green.

Herb teas are blends of various selected herb plants and generally do not contain caffeine. They are also not made from the same plant as the others.

Black, Green and Oolong are varieties of tea that are all made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. Green tea is the most commonly consumed in the Eastern countries while Black is the one that is most often purchased within the U.S., Britain and Canada.

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The Difference is in the Way that it is Processed

While black and Oolong Tea lose a many of their antioxidants when they are processed, green tea is processed differently. It maintains a rich composition of antioxidants or polyphenols. What gives green tea its unique nutritional value is the way that Green tea is processed.

Black and oolong tea leaves are made from the fermented leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. While the green variety is made also from the leaves of this same plant these leaves are steamed rather than fermented which prevents the Polyphenols within it from being oxidized.

This allows a rich amount of antioxidants to remain trapped within the green tea leaves until it is infused in hot water. Which are then released into the relaxing hot beverage that you drink.

The high antioxidant properties within green tea are what set it apart from its counterparts. It has health benefits within it that the other teas just cannot come close to comparing to and it may even have properties within it that can help you to lose weight. Studies indicate that there are many good reasons as to why you should make this your beverage of choice.

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It is Rich in Cancer Fighting Antioxidants.

Studies have shown that people who drink five cups of tea per day live substantially longer than those individuals who do not.

The antioxidants within Green Tea bind with the free radicals within the body helping to slow down the actual aging processes, and by doing so, it helps to prevent or slow down age related illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, arthritis, brain atrophy, and even cancer.

Green Tea has anti-inflammatory properties and can help to reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. It also contains compounds which encourage bone growth and can actually help to slow down the effects of osteoarthritis.

Two compounds within green tea are thought to be of particular importance in the fight against Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's Disease, epicatechin or (EC) and epigallocatechin 3 gallate or (EGCG), these compounds bind with the very components that cause these illnesses or prevent their formation within the brain. This effectively slows down the progression of brain degeneration.

One of the most fascinating areas of research into Green Tea though is on its amazing ability to slow down or prevent the growth of Cancers. Drinking a few cups each day has been proven to actually prevent or reverse the symptoms of some Cancers.

One of the most beneficial polyphenols in this fight is epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG as it is more commonly termed. This antioxidant is found within green tea at levels five times higher than in black tea.

It is a powerful antioxidant that is believed to have properties that enable it to actually seek out and destroy cancer cells. It also helps prevent the formation of new cancer cells which can slow the course of the disease dramatically.

Green Tea has been proven beneficial in the fight against prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, brain tumors, lung cancer and bladder cancer. This beverage may be a powerful weapon to prevent cancer.

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The difference between green tea and the other commercially available varieties is obvious. It is the method in which this ancient Eastern beverage is processed that holds the key to the health benefits that it contains within its leaves.

Other teas just cannot compare.

If you find that you are just not partial to the taste of green tea there are ways to get around its distinctive flavor so that you can still receive the many health benefits that it provides.

Do not pour boiling water directly over your tea bag but allow the water to cool slightly first and then add it into the pot. This will help to keep the beverage from becoming more bitter.

When preparing your pot also try using one bag of green tea combined with one bag of your favorite herbal or regular black brand. The other flavor will offset the somewhat grassy taste of the green.

Green tea can also be used in your cooking to replace some of the water or as a leaf. You can pour in ready made tea or break open a tea bag and put half of the contents directly into the stew, soup, meatloaf, omelet or casserole that you are preparing.

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    • Anita Hasch profile image

      Anita Hasch 

      9 months ago from Port Elizabeth

      I love green tea. I normally add two teabags as I like it strong. Although I am a coffee drinker I love green tea as well. Thanks for your info.

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      Courtney Rhodes 

      3 years ago

      I had no idea that green tea protects the body from so many ailments! I new it was good for helping people lose weight and preventing cancer but that was all. I will definitely start drinking it more now. How does white tea compare?

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      Tony Payne 

      4 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I am rather fussy over my brand of green tea, because some are really bitter. My favorite is Uncle Lee's Organic Green Tea, available at Walmart and some other stores.

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      Annabel 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      thanks for the info, i prefer green tea than oolong

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      Lori Phillips 

      4 years ago from Southern California USA

      Yes, green tea can be highly bitter. That is why the Japanese serve it alongside some intensely sweet confections that are nearly all sugar. You take a sip and then a nibble. I don't care for bitter tea so I do as you suggest: let the water cool a bit first (although it is not the traditional way).

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