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Green Tea History And Health For You

Updated on March 24, 2013

Time was when green tea was something the Chinese drank and even if they did tell you it was a healthy beverage, you would have scoffed and dismissed the idea. Then came research into what green tea was all about and each subsequent study brought to light exactly what the Chinese had been saying for over 4000 years – that green tea and health are related. Ask the Chinese and they will tell you it is a cure-all – whether it is a migraine or it is depression. Today, more and more scientific evidence that is emerging seems to be pointing that way.

Green teas contain a very powerful antioxidant called EGCG or epigallocatechin gallate which belongs to a range of catechin polyphenols. Research conducted by the university of Purdue shows that green tea benefits include stopping cancer cells from growing. Drinking green tea has proved to reduce the risks of getting oesophageal cancer. It also improves the cholesterol levels in the body, bringing down the LDL or bad cholesterol levels and boosting the HDL or good cholesterol levels. This in turn means a decrease of risks of heart problems or strokes. Green tea does this by reducing the propensity of the blood to clot in the body so the risks of thrombosis or strokes are automatically reduced.

Tea as a whole has benefits but green teas have demonstrated that the green tea health benefits are far better than other teas. The health benefits of green tea are largely due to the green tea making process. The leaves are steamed and this means that the EGCG compounds stay without getting oxidised and the tea retains its goodness. Steaming the leaves as is done in most other teas makes this turn into something else, which though good, does not have all the health benefits that green tea offers.

Green tea benifits also include more calories being burnt when you drink it. So this means that you begin to lose weight if you keep drinking it. It also destroys bacteria and this means it is good for your teeth where bacteria get trapped and multiply as well as for your stomach where it can fight food poisoning.

It all adds up to a healthy option that is natural and does not require any expensive medication or any complicated diet. All you do is to brew it and drink it. If you don’t want to do even that, you can pop green tea supplements which contain green tea extracts.


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      quaywards 7 years ago

      Not just good - very good.

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      North Wind 7 years ago from The World (for now)

      I love green tea just for the taste. it is nice to know it is good for you too!