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The Amazing Power of Green Tea

Updated on August 4, 2012

The Benefits of Green Tea

If you like tea, this article is for you. This article is also for people looking to learn about the health benefits that comes from the drinking of green tea. In fact, experts tell us that drinking a cup of green tea is good for you.

Studies show that green tea lowers cholesterol levels, and improves the ratio of good cholesterol (HDL) to bad (LDL) cholesterol. Other areas in which green tea studies show improvement is in reducing levels in cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease and infection.

What gives green tea its energizing and life-saving power lies in its antioxidants, called catechins,.

In a Harvard Health Publication, the article encourages readers to drink at least 3 cups of tea daily to gain its antioxidant benefits. At the same time, it should be noted that these same researchers quote various studies showing the positive health benefits from drinking green tea.However, many researchers are divided over the benefits of green tea, and many have proclaimed that more long-term studies into its effectiveness will help to endorse the item.

It seems noteworthy to write that while these researchers stress that caution needs to be taken with respect to totally promoting green tree as a cure-all for many maladies, many professionals point out studies that show longevity is also associated with green tea.

Even better than green tea according to researchers is matcha green tea. It claims that this particular tea is better because it contains the whole leaf and one glass is the equivalent to 10 glasses of green tea. However, a trip to the grocery store won't come up with any boxes of matcha green tea. You'll have to take a stroll to a specialty tea store where this tea is priced significantly higher than regular green tea. Try shopping around and you may get a pack of less expensive matcha green tea in a Korean or Japanese grocery store. I've personally noticed the color difference between green and matcha green tea. Matcha is much more darker and greener.

According to the latest research, matcha is loaded with twenty times more antioxidants than pomegranates and blueberries. Matcha is also rich in chlorophyll, and can help clean and detox your body of harmful elements. Other studies show users can be more energetic from drinking matcha which may help with weight loss. Drinking matcha is also great for relief of stress and and as an aid to meditation. The secret ingredient is the rare amino acid L-Thianine, which creates a state of mental alertness.

A Cure for Dementia?

Whether you favor matcha or green tea, researchers also claim that it may benefit people with memory and learning problems. This is especially great for people suffering from dementia, which make up a large portion of people suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. Research shows that green tea antioxidants bind to toxins like a magnet, making toxins harmless.

So if you haven't tried green tea yet, start now. Try it at your local ice cream store or buy it at your favorite coffee or tea bar. Having a green tea frappuccino is delicious and refreshing.

You can also try using green tea in your baked recipes. Add a teaspoon or two to your muffin mix and you will be able to make yourself one heck of a batch of healthy muffins. Makes a great gift idea, too. Keep a box of green or matcha tea ready to drink at your home or office.


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