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7 Healthy Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

Updated on November 9, 2018
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I am passionate about good health, nutrition, and prevention of diseases. I regularly study medical updates, especially about diabetes.

Introducing GreenTea

Tea is consumed especially in the morning. A cup or two of warm green tea can keep you more alert and in a better mood than black tea. It can be taken as a refreshing and relaxing drink. Three to four cups a day is usually recommended by health authorities. Drinking Chinese green tea regularly can to prevent certain cancer risks, high blood pressure, headache, diabetes mellitus, and sleeping disorders. The anti-oxidant contents of green tea are flavonoids and catechins, that helps destroy diseases and germs in the body.

Brief Origin of Green Tea

Camellia green tea has its origin in Shang Dynasty China. The Emperor Shennong 2737 BC was the father and founder of tea drinking. Being a reputed physician and scientist, he had decreed that all his subjects boil their drinking water before drinking. As a practical example of subjecting himself to such a law, he was boiling his water under the shade of the Camellia tree when its leaf fell into the boiling pot. The gradual change in the color of the brew immediately arrested his attention, and with caution test the new product. It agreed with his emotion, mood, and feeling. Thus, the birth and drinking of tea beverage are born.

Green Tea to Drink

Serving green tea regularly benefit the heart
Serving green tea regularly benefit the heart | Source

Began Drinking Green Tea

"This miracle beverage is effective at fighting everything from cancer to acne. So pour a cup, and let the benefits begin."-Readers Digest Editors

Drinking Green Tea

A man drinking green tea
A man drinking green tea | Source

7 Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

Green tea can be flavored with lime and drink. It has many health benefits to offer. It will be good to pinpoint some of the benefits. These can range from mental health to cardiovascular diseases (CVD), and cancer prevention. Green tea offers better advantages over black or white teas. The benefits are discuss below.

1. Mental Health

Green tea offers protection Against Alzheimer and Parkinson diseases, which are brain degenerative diseases. The bio-active medicinal compound in the tea provides this protective feature. The second is that green tea enhanced memory function, like mild dementia and mild cognitive impairment. Japanese matcha tea especially offers this experience. The I-theanine, in the tea, is the factor that enhanced the memory. Thirdly, green tea has a calm and sorting effect on the mind. The production of alpha brain waves and dopamine is made possible by the amino acid L-Theanine in the tea. Fourth, green tea is linked to improved cognitive performance. The essential element responsible for this is the Theanine in the tea. In a research carried out in 2013 by Einother and Martens, and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, "The Acute effects of tea consumption on attention mood," it was noted that caffeine and theanine are the two active ingredients. These are both present in green tea. An increased combination of L-theanine (50mg) and caffeine (150mg) has the effect of improved "speed and accuracy on a range of tasks from" faster reaction time, faster memory reaction time, and improved sentence verification accuracy. A headache and tiredness were reduced and alertness increased.


2. Green Tea Improves Bodily Health

:The existence of bioactive compounds in green tea tends to improved bodily health. These bio-active elements the flavonoids and the catechins are the very powerful antioxidants that destroy the free radicals in the body. It also protects body cells and molecules, kills disease and delays the onset of aging. This is all the more reason why you should drink green tea daily. Another compound Epigallocatechin-3-Gallate (EGCG) in the tea heals disease in the body and has preventive effects on cancer cells. When the free radicals run loose, they cause the growth of cancer. A cancer cell multiplies rapidly. It affects both men and women. Drink it regularly for reducing risks of developing prostate cancer.

3. Matcha Green Tea Reduces Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular Diseases is one of the many illness green tea battled. It includes stroke and heart disease and is one of the biggest killer diseases in the world. Drinking green tea will lower the risks associated with it. The antioxidants in the green tea have a function of protecting the cholesterol and triglycerides from oxidation. This is another longtime goodness that benefits elder persons into old age

4. Green Tea Effectively Reduces Type 2 Diabetes

A research was done with some Japanese adults that drink at least six cups of green tea each day. It was observed that the risk to develop type 2 diabetes was 33% lower for these adults who drink the tea, especially women. According to the Journal of Nephrophamarcology, " Diabetic individuals may benefit from kidney protective efficacy of green tea, as well as blood glucose regulatory impacts. Additionally,...green tea may present a nontoxic, effective and inexpensive modality as a supplementary substance in a diabetes patient."

Type 2 diabetes is rising globally. Another study was done on 63 adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. The experiment consists of giving four cups of the tea daily for 8 weeks. At the end of the test, it was observed that "green tea produced a significant decrease in body mass index, body weight, waist circumference, and systolic blood pressure."

All these diseases arise as a result of high blood pressure or gain in weight. So if you want to reduce your body weight, drink green tea, and the miracle will begin to manifest after about eight weeks.


5. Heart Health

Among the many forms of heart attack and strokes, atherosclerosis is common. It can be defined as the build-up of fat deposits in the arteries. This restricts blood flow. Fatty substances stick to the blood vessels. These build up slowly without your knowledge. Later, they become hardened, hence the alternative name, hardening of the arteries. As the condition continued, the blood vessels will be clogged, and some parts will not receive rich-oxygenated blood. According to studies, a molecule in green teas catechins helps to alleviate and protects against arteriosclerosis.

6. Green Tea Lowers the Blood Pressure

Drinking Chinese green tea regularly has proven to lower the blood pressure. Due to the powerful polyphenols antioxidants in the tea, drinking a maximum of four cups in a day delivered such benefits. The polyphenols contained flavonoids and catechins. The most important catechins epigallocatechin-3-gallate, better known as EGCG. The EGCG acts as an anti-agent ( antiangiogenic) in stopping the production and growth of tumors.

In October 2014, "Time Magazine" reported a reduction in systolic blood pressure by 2.6 mmHg “would be expected to reduce stroke risk by 8%, coronary artery disease mortality by 5% and all-cause mortality by 4% at a population level” helping blood vessels to relax, and letting blood flow.


7. Green Tea Prevents Cancers

Clinical studies have shown that green tea can help prevent cancer. Due to the polyphenols in the tea, green tea kills cancers cells and also stop the growth in the body. It will be realized that oxidation in the human body is a factor in helping the development and growth of cancers. The green tea has an antioxidant effect.

On April 14, 2017, a 12 years old Stephen Litt discovered and is using his discovery, an antioxidant in the green tea to fight cancers in worms that are exposed to carcinogens. The boy has decided to translate his findings to solve health problems in human.

Limes Loves Green Tea

Cut a lime into your cup of green tea to enhanced good health
Cut a lime into your cup of green tea to enhanced good health | Source

Harvesting Green Tea

Green tea is being harvest by an Africa-American on agricultural farm
Green tea is being harvest by an Africa-American on agricultural farm | Source

Drink Green Tea Regularly

Green tea originates in China. From there it was introduced to Japan. Chinese and Japanese green teas are both popular in all tea drinking cultures.

Caffeine green tea is used to treat disease. What is the best time to drink green tea? Take the first cup in the morning, after flushing your gut with water. The last thing at night after your super. In all, drink four cups a day. I drink it two times on the day early in the morning. A few cups are all that I need. The first lady I introduced green tea to was very fat and hypertensive. Her continued use of this tea has enabled her to overcome all excess fat and lower her blood pressure.

Green Tea Bags

Drinking green tea regularly can help you lose some weight
Drinking green tea regularly can help you lose some weight | Source

Green Tea Good to Know

“Tea is the most consumed drink in the world after water...What is green tea good for? Green tea consists of leaves that haven’t been fermented so they contain the highest level of antioxidant."-Dr. Axe

Japanese Matcha Green Tea

Japanese Match tea is the latest of the best green tea trending. It is made by grounding the fresh or dried tea leaf and infusing the powder in hot water. The whole content is then drunk. In this way, all the nutrient contents vitamins, mineral, trace elements, and so on, are used up. This is much better than the infused tea bags in hot or boiling water. According to a recent Time Health publication dated March 8, 2018, and quoting an authority, brewed green tea " is a bit like boiling spinach, throwing away the spinach and just drinking the water,” says Louise Cheadle. How much health benefits do you get from drinking the spinach water than eating the real stuff? The same applies to Japanese matcha tea.

Best Japanese Matcha Tea

Japanese matcha tea is more powerful delivering immense health benefits.
Japanese matcha tea is more powerful delivering immense health benefits. | Source

Green Tea with Meals

You can eat any mean,especially vegetable salads with Japanese or Chinese green tea
You can eat any mean,especially vegetable salads with Japanese or Chinese green tea | Source

Flavonoids in Green Tea

Flavonoids are complex chemical compounds or plant pigments that give plants and fruits its many myriads of orange, red, pinkish, and yellow colors. They are found in many plants and fruits and protects blood vessels from rapture and enhanced vitamin C intake in the body. Hence, it helps protect the body against injury and cold infections. Additionally, it protects cells from oxidation and inflation. All fruits have flavonoids. So they are found in berries, onions, tomatoes, tangerines, Flavonoids in green tea is higher in value than black and red tea, and all fruits and vegetables.

Japanese matcha tea is very high in flavonoids. And, according to Dr. Mercola, "The complex and unique chemistry of this aromatic herb also offers benefits that go over and beyond that of other teas...contains hundreds of beneficial compounds that have protective and health promoting properties."

Green tea is not a cure-all. They are other ways to take good care of the body like exercise, a good meal, rest, and relaxation, a clean environment. Pregnant mothers should avoid drinking the herb green tea and also during breastfeeding. This article is not a substitute for consulting the doctor.

Flavonoids

Flavonoids are contained in many fruits and green leafy vegetables
Flavonoids are contained in many fruits and green leafy vegetables | Source

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Green Tea Has More Flavonoid Than Any Other Tea

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Chinese Green Tea

A cup of green tea a day keeps you healthy
A cup of green tea a day keeps you healthy | Source

Green Tea and Black Tea Contrast

Green Tea
Black Tea
Remarks
 
 
 
Less oxidized during processing
More oxidized with oxygen
Green tea has less caffeine
Extracts used in food industry and research
Never
-Extracts are medicinal
Has medicinal and healing properties
Only flavonoid detected
-Used mostly in the food industry
Higher in flavonoid
Lower
-The very reason the food industry make use of extracts
Has less flavour
Has more flavour
Flavor apart, long brewing make tea bitter
Retain flavour within a year or two
Retain flavour longer for several years
No remark
Originated in China and exported to Japan
Introduced from India to England
Both are widely use in the world
Green tea and black tea differs greatly

Best Green Tea

Tea Flavonoids

"Plant chemicals known as flavonoids may explain why tea drinkers seem less likely to have cardiovascular disease."-Havard Heart Letter

Matcha Green Tea is Safe

A cup of lime flavored Japanese matcha green tea ca keep you in a better mood
A cup of lime flavored Japanese matcha green tea ca keep you in a better mood | Source

Conclusion

Green tea has many health benefits that are still being researched. It is not a cure-all. Always consult your doctor for health advice. If you are drinking green tea in particular, inform him/her so that prescribed drugs did not clash with the tea. To your good health!

References

1. Green tea.

2. Mental health.

3. Medical diabetes patients.

4. Effectiveness and safety of green tea.

5. Cardiovascular Health

6. Memory attention

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      Very well written!! So much good information.

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