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Health Benefits of Drinking Green Tea Everyday

Updated on September 24, 2014
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The health benefits of drinking green tea every day were discovered thousands of years ago

Legend has it, the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung was the first person to taste and discover the health benefits of green tea back in 2737 BC. He was boiling water to drink when some leafs from a nearby plant fell into the pot. The result was an aromatic and tasty herbal drink later known as green tea.

Because it tasted wonderful and had many health benefits, the emperor urged his people to drink green tea everyday. In 800 AD this green tea was brought to Japan by Buddhist monks. For centuries it become the staple drink throughout Asia before finally making its way to the Western world.

Green tea comes from the plant called Carmellia sinensis. Much of the health benefits are due to the steaming method of preparing it. While black and oolong tea undergoes complete oxidization, green tea is only gently steamed, preserving the beneficial antioxidants in its natural form.

What are the benefits of drinking green tea every day?

Overview of green tea health benefits

Free radicals have been known as the major contributing factors to aging as well as cell degeneration which are the precursors of various diseases, including arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, and cancer. The antioxidants in green tea help fight these free radicals.

Traditionally, Chinese green tea was believed to cure anything from headaches, general body aches and pains, to constipation and depression. Over the centuries, other benefits of drinking green tea have been discovered.

Drinking green tea is said to improve blood circulation throughout the body. Because green tea contains some caffeine, drinking it can stimulate the heart and allow blood to flow more freely through the blood vessels, which in turn can also improve mental clarity.

The detoxifying property of green tea comes from polyphenols, a naturally occurring antioxidant which is believed to combat harmful free radicals and hence, help keep the body healthy.

The antioxidants in green tea can also boost immunity, promote young-looking skin, and brighten the eyes. The Medical College of Georgia has discovered that green tea, shown to suppress inflammation, regulates the expression of Caspase-14, a protein in genes that regulates the life cycle of a skin cell. Furthermore, drinking green tea can help with digestion, delay the onset of diabetes, reduce fatigue, and even prolong lifespan. Well, I guess it's obvious that if you're healthy you live longer :)

Occasionally we come across food that is healthy but unfortunately, does not taste good. In the case of green tea, it's beneficial to our health and tastes good. Moreover, green tea tastes good hot or cold. How many other drinks can you say that about? So, whether it's cold or hot outside right now, why not drink some green tea and make yourself feel better? :)

Please note that in order to experience the benefits of drinking green tea, you must do it every day. You won't see very many benefits from it if you just drink it every now and then.

Additional green tea information

Green tea which originates from China is made entirely from the leaves of Camellia sinensis, which are minimally oxidized during processing. It is also associated with many cultures in Asia as well as the Middle East. Recently, it has gained more popularity even in western countries, where people traditionally consume black tea. There are many varieties of green tea which are created in different regions of the world, and they can differ substantially due to factors such as growing conditions, processing, as well as harvesting time.

Many scientific and medical studies have been conducted over the last several decades to determine the extent of the long-purported health benefits of green tea, with some evidence suggesting those who drink it regularly may have lower chances of heart disease and developing certain types of cancer.

You can read more about this on Wikipedia.

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Disclaimer

The content of this page is for informational purposes only, and is not intended as a substitute for sound advice, diagnosis, and treatment by a qualified and competent Health Care Professional. Readers assume full responsibility for all their actions.

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      June Parker 4 years ago from New York

      I love green tea, but sadly am not drinking it everyday. I know i should be and need to get my act together and do it!

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      TapIn2U 4 years ago

      Never miss a day without tea! Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Green is healthy.

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      knitstricken 4 years ago

      Thumbs up given! Yes, green tea produces results! I have both ADD and depression/anxiety. Drinking green tea regularly helps keep clarity and equilibrium. However though the caffeine count is smaller than other teas, I do have to be careful with the quantity I ingest or else I begin to get nervous/over-stimulated. Great lens. thank you.

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      sybil watson 4 years ago

      I do drink green tea every day. Just the thought of having a cup of tea is calming to me, and I like the taste without any milk or sugar. Beautiful lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      IS IT GOOD FOR DIABETIC PATIENTS

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      mimarlou 4 years ago

      I have been drinking a herbal drink with green tea as basis for 15 years now, it gives me a lot of energy, I've experienced health and a feeling of well being and I believe it has helped with losing unwanted weight. I have now recently also started drinking green tea just on its own and I'm surprised that it tastes so good! Great lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i drink 4 cups a day, no sugar no milk, it really works for me. I am trying to get rid of my headache , slowly its disappearing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Green tea definitely helps with morning breath.....can't believe how fresh my breath is!!!! I try to drink 3 cups a day.......love it!

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      Godweeno 4 years ago

      I love green tea, incredible health benefits. I've recently started drinking Rooibos too. Go T!

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      LornsA178 5 years ago

      I love green tea!

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      Aster56 5 years ago

      Good lens. In my family we all drink green tea.

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      Bobski606 5 years ago

      I'm not a fan of green tea but I know it is good for me so I take it in pill form.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i drink 3 cups a day of green tea and my cholesterol drops from 223 to 150 without taking any medicine

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I'm not a huge fan of tea but try to drink green tea on occasion. Great info!

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      CanInsure 5 years ago

      I always drink tea when I'm not feeling well. I'm sure drinking it everyday would definitely provide health benefits.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I too post on Green Tea

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      Ronlove LM 5 years ago

      I love green tea very good lens!

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      eeonefivebee 5 years ago

      A slice of lemon can increase the beneficial effects, it preserves the antioxidants for longer during the digestion process, or so Purdue researchers reckon. Please see http://www.squidoo.com/greenteas yet another lens about green tea benefits - if you want to cross promote your lenses, let me know, together we can make a difference.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Green tea has many good properties for the health its good both hot or cold.

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      imranmit 6 years ago

      I drink almost 3 cups of green the adaily. It really helps in mainting good health. Have a look on this lens about Benefits of Green Tea

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      annamari 6 years ago

      I love a nice cup of tea and have been drinking more green tea lately, being motivated by some squidoo lenses such as yours. Occasionally, I add a tad of lemon creme honey to it. You put together a great lens with helpful, (and healthful!) information.

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      efriedman 6 years ago

      I used to mainly drink black tea with milk, then began liking white tea. Lately I've tried to switch to oolong especially in the afternoons and when I am working (my husband's advice). see Steam the Black Dragon lens.

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      saraPalmer 6 years ago

      I love this article. As a tea lover like you, I love to read all topics pertaining to this wonderful drink. I especially like the part where the free-radicals just dissipates with green tea. I'm sure there are a lot of readers who enjoyed reading it as much as I do. Hey check out my lens and let me know what you think: http://www.squidoo.com/the-most-unique-source-of-g...

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      ericrthomas 6 years ago

      I'm sorry, I appear to have botched the url. Should be Different Forms Of Green Tea

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      ericrthomas 6 years ago

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      ya..It help to protect from cancer..The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue...So lets start 2 deink green tea..thanks for the lens

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      I never much cared for the taste of tea, but I drink it cold and add lemon and cranberry concentrate

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      SusanRempel LM 6 years ago

      Love green tea when it's cold, but I just can't drink it iced!

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      Pete Schultz 6 years ago

      I like green tea, especially with a meal in a Chinese Restaurant. Green tea also makes a great iced tea...with a little sugar and lemon, that is.

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      Ecocuck 6 years ago

      Many studies on green tea have been done and all with good results. They have found that the more tea that people drink, the less their risk of getting cancer. Also tea has theanine in it that calms people.

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      godzela55 6 years ago

      Thanks for this great lens , I like green tea , I learned a lot of info about Health Benefits , it may be helpful

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      charle lm 6 years ago

      Nice lens , but I don't like green tea because it is make all want to pee every five minutes ! ,, I also wrote a lens about Health Benefits

      and would like you to read it , thanks

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      lisals7777 6 years ago

      I drink green tea daily whether iced or hot. Sometimes I mix it with other teas as well, since it is so mild. I eat healthy in general, so I can't contribute my good health to just one food, but I know the green tea is a benefit.

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      WriterBuzz 6 years ago

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      GreenTeaTime 6 years ago

      I like green tea so much!

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      AlisonMeacham 7 years ago

      I try to drink a cup every day. I eat pretty healthily these days!

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      revitawellness 7 years ago

      Great information about green tea......Learn more from your lens about green tea benefit...I couldn't try it. but I think after reading your lens I definitely will..........Thanks for this information...

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      totalhealth 7 years ago

      i've been a regular green tea drinker for a couple of years now, and more and more health benefits are being discovered from drinking this tea.

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      AmitolaZander 7 years ago

      Great lens. I haven't tried green tea yet but I think after reading your lens I definitely will:)) Thank you for the info.

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      BamBusiness 8 years ago

      Very good site, good info and well presented. I drink 5 or 6 cups of green tea every day, and start the day with it and my whole grain cereal and toast. Have lots of energy all day long. Check out my green tea Lens: green-tea-for-your-health

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      Delia 8 years ago

      I drink green tea every day...and know it's healthy, wish everyone did....5*

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      poutine 8 years ago

      Coincidence? I am having a delicious and hot green tea right now and it feels so good.

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      Ravyn LM 8 years ago

      I love teas so much. This is a wonderful lens and so very informative.

      5*

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I drink 2 or 3 cups of green tea a day. I enjoy it and it really does seem to do me good. Nice lens, 5*****

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      ssuthep 8 years ago

      Green tea is very very good for the body. Good source of antioxidants. I do drink green tea often and they are not only healthy for you but also tasty and aromatic. Good info here. 5*

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      CleanerLife 8 years ago

      Hey! I'm drinking hot, fresh green tea as I read this!

      I think loose tea is much better than bagged, and there's so many varieties, if one doesn't fit your taste, try another. Flavors vary according to region, but the benefits are pretty much the same! :)

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      Patricia 9 years ago

      Thanks for favoriting my lens. Love your lens! 5*****