Green Tea Benefits
At the beginning of every new year, every one is looking for a way to improve themselves and their lives. Many people are working on resolutions to lose weight or just be in better health. One way to do that is to incorporate green tea into your diet. Did you know with just two to three cups per day you can lower your LDL's and increase your energy and concentrations. Some studies indicate that the consumption of green tea on a daily basis can help prevent or fight cancer. We will take a look at this medicinal marvel and review some studies of Green Tea's health benefits.
Green Tea Health Benefits
As mentioned before, Green Tea has the benefit of increasing metabolism and promoting weight loss. But what else does Green Tea do you you? What are the other health benefits?
The US National Library of Medicine states there are many healthy benefits of green tea but also states there are not a lot of evidence to back it up. It is a benefit for weight loss in cardiovascular disease,hypertension, cholesterol, Diabetes and common cold protection. As stated before there is unclear scientific evidence for these uses. Now ther is some evidence that Green tea can help clear up genital warts and has been approved in topical creams.
What makes this tea so Special? How did we find out about it? While researching this I found that Green tea has a rich background in Chinese folklore as well. One story stated that a Chinese Emperor was boiling water when a gust of wind blew tea leaves into his boiling pot. he noticed the rich color of the water and the aroma of the leaves. He tried it and the rest was history. Another story told of a man who was so frustrated by the fact he kept falling alseep during his meditation he ripped off his eyelids and throw them on the ground. In the place were his eyelids lay a green tea plant grew. yeah, I agree with you.. let's stick with the first story!.
Green tea is only one of 330 kinds of tea that the Chinese have classified. Green tea is grown all over the world. India, China, Argentina and Africa are a few of the countries you can find green tea cultivated. Black tea and Oolnag teas are distant cousin to the Green tea and are grown on the same plant, just processed differently.
Green tea is not oxidated when it is processed there for it's natural qualities remain the same. meaning it can still be high in antioxidants.
Forms of Green tea
Green Tea can be ingested in several ways. The most obvious way is to ingest it as a tea. You can find many brands of green tea on grocery shelves including Lipton green tea. Green tea comes in powder form. The leaves are steamed, dried and then crushed into a fine powder. The Green Tea Powder can be mixed with hot water. ( I always prefer my Green Tea cold, not sure why) Green Tea Powder also can be used in baking and sprinkled on top of yogurt or used in dips.
Green Tea extract is a more concertrated form of Green tea and may have more healthful benefits than standard Green tea.
Green tea Capsules are also a more concentrated form of antioxidants. Pills are noted to have less caffeine than the Green tea Drink, which may decrease any side effects. I personally like Green tea pills as they help increase my metabolism.
There are many studies going on now investigating the medicinal powers of green tea. The Mayo clinic suggest that their studies are inconclusive about the effects of green tea. .Other research suggests that consumption of green tea reverse mental deterioration and improves memory. Some studies suggest that the antioxidants prevent cancer. The green tea actually prevents binding of carcinogens to the DNA of healthy cells.
Green tea is said to originate in China or India. It is made from fermented leaves and contains the highest concentration of antioxidants. Antioxidants are said to be "substances that scavenge free radicals in the body" To get a really good desription on how this works visit http://www.greentealibrary.com/GTStudiesHome.htm.
Antioxidants can be also found in blueberries. It is recommended that green tea be ingested 2 to three cups per day. There are many different types of Green tea. The higher quality teas are the ones that are only steeped in a shorter amount of time and at cooler temperatures.
Green tea has 1/3 rd the caffine content of coffee. One cup of tea contains approximately 50 milligrams of caffeine and 80 to 100 milligrams of polyphenol content, depending on the strength of the tea and the size of cup.
Precautions with using Green Tea
Even though there are many benefits to using green tea there are some warnings..
- Do not use green tea with antibiotic, the may cause them to lose their effectiveness
- Do not use with asprin as they may increase the risk of bleeding
- Check with your doctor before using if you are prescribed psychotropic medications
- Beware green tea if you use oral contraceptives. The birth control may prolong the amount of time that caffeine stays in the body and possibly increase side effects of the caffeine
- Do not use with Benzodazephines as they may reduce drowsiness.
- Green tea is not reccomended if you use beta blockers
- consumption not for those who are breastfeeding or for infants or children
(This information was found on website http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/green-tea-000255.htm)
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Beware the Green Tea Label
As Green tea is being recognized as a health benefit many people are jumping on the bandwagon and commercializing it. Coca Cola and Lipton are touting Green tea products now. Just because it has Green tea on it doesn't make it healthy. Green tea is also being advertised on Energy drinks. You should stay away from Energy Drinks in general. they have way too many calories and way too much caffeine for the average person. The best way to get your green tea and antioxidant fix is the old fashion way.. drinking it or extract
Green Tea Products
- Green tea: MedlinePlus Supplements
Green tea (Camellia sinensis)