ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Health Benefits of Green Tea

Updated on August 14, 2014
The immensly nutritious green tea
The immensly nutritious green tea | Source

Benefits of Green Tea

The botanical name of Green tea is Camellia sinensis and it belongs from family Theaceae (this family is of tea). Green tea has been used since ages for health and to boost the immune system. At first it was used in China only and Chinese used it to heal any disease from simple headaches to severe infections. Later on as its health benefits were became known to everyone it was exported to United States, Europe, and Australia too. Asian countries are also a big consumers of green tea. Long ago it was used in Persia and even today in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and in many other Asian countries a cup of green tea is a must after meal. It is said that green tea digest food very well. Some of the benefits of green tea have been well researched but others have been created by marketers for commercial purpose.

Health Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea boost immune system. It fuels your immune system to fight against many diseases. The antioxidants present in green tea (poly-phenols) are very powerful in targeting free radicals and thus charging body to fight against diseases. It protects DNA from damaging.

Antibacterial: It is antibacterial in nature. Its antibacterial properties were known to the Chinese and Japanese before they knew about other benefits of it. They used it to treat colds, coughs and fever.

Antiviral: It is also said that it is antiviral too. In many viral diseases it is very effective.

Antioxidants: It contains many antioxidants like other super foods. The main antioxidant is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). This is a very powerful health boosting antioxidant. In many of the studies it has been proved that this antioxidant has the property of controlling the growth of cancer cells in body. It has also been proved that consuming green tea has healthy effects on cancer patients since it also kills the cancer cells but once cancer is in advance stages then green tea cannot stop the growth of more cells. As more ans more researches are being done on people who consume green tea it has been evidenced that those who consume green tea in their routine are less liable to develop cancer.

Lowering Cholesterol: It has also been beneficial in lowering blood cholesterol LDL. People who consume a diet rich in fats can reduce their chances of heart diseases by adding green tea in their diet. Japanese are least effected by heart diseases, the reason being that they consume green tea. Researches have proved that Epigallocatechin gallate is the most powerful of all antioxidants and its effects on lowering cholesterol are well documented.

Digestion: It helps digest food. In many countries green tea is consumed after every meal to digest food and it gives positive results.

Caffeine: it contains the least amount of caffeine as compared to other teas. six ounces of coffee contains more than 100 mg of caffeine while six ounces of black tea contains 60-70 mg of caffeine. On the other hand similar amount of green tea contains only 30 mg of caffeine. This shows that green tea is least harmful among all form of tea consumed today.

Tooth Decay: Green Tea is also rich in fluoride and may help to reduce tooth decay. Its benefits for teeth are enhanced if it is taken without sugar. As adding sugar can increase chances of tooth decay.

Weight Loss: As people knew about its benefits in reducing weight many companies have produced new products that contain green tea extracts. Green tea is widely been associated with weight loss and many people who even don't like the taste prefer to drink it just to loose some extra pounds.

Daily intake of Green Tea: There is no standard dose of green tea that has been recognized as safe. It depends on the diet pattern those who drink coffee or black tea along with green tea should consume less green tea than those who don't. For commercial sake many companies advertise that drinking 8-10 cups of green tea will help your body fight against cancer. Such claims speak more for publicity and less for reality. In general it is suggested by nutritionists that drinking 2-4 cups of green tea is enough to get all potent antioxidants in your body.

How to Brew Green Tea: Brewing green tea is a delicate process, since, green tea contains nutrients that can be lost by cooking for long time. The standard procedure is to boil water, and as the water starts rolling in the pan, turn off the stove and pour green tea leaves in it. Cover it for 2-3 minutes and it is ready to serve. Don't leave it in the cup for long time as the polyphenols will be lost in this way. Avoid use of sugar in green tea as sugar can reduce its effectiveness and it can also cause tooth decay, diabetes and many other diseases.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image


      6 years ago


    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Preparation of green tea...?

    • gulnazahmad profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Pakistan

      Sure Katrinasui I am gonna go through your article and thanks for the comment.

    • katrinasui profile image


      7 years ago

      Green tea is very useful and ha so many benefits. Good Writeup on green tea! Kindly have a look on my lens about benefits of green tea

    • gulnazahmad profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Pakistan

      Green tea is one of the super food and we all know that nutritionists are greatly focusing on the advantages of super foods so I think we all should take green tea in our routine diet.

    • seryhu profile image


      7 years ago from Canada

      Wow, very complete and awesome hub! Made me wanna drink some of this tea right away... and many times we just drink "junk". Thank you for this great info.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)