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The Benefits of Drinking Green Tea (Camellia sinensis)

Updated on December 5, 2010

There are many benefits that have been attributed to the drinking of green tea. It has been said to inhibit the growth of cancer cells, lower cholesterol and to treat a variety of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's. Green tea is rich in catechin polyphenols, especially epigallocatechin gallage (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful antioxidant. Green tea is processed differently than other teas; the leaves are steamed which retains the EGCG. In the brewing of regular tea, the EGCG is oxodized.

In addition to the health benefits, green tea is also helpful in losing weight. Drinking five cups of green tea a day can burn 70 to 80 calories. The catechins increase the levels of norepinephrine, which speeds up metabolism. Green tea is also promoted as having anti-aging properties.

Drinking green tea is a good alternative if you wish to cut down on your caffeine. Green tea has less caffeine than coffee, and decaffeinated green tea is available. I also find that green tea settles an upset stomach quickly.

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    iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

    Sue...This hub is perfect for my boyfriend! Awesome!

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    Organic Tea 8 years ago

    It is used to treat impaired immune function. . Some researches show that, drinking green tea regularly may help prevent tooth decay by killing the bacteria which causes the dental plaque.

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    paul 8 years ago

    Hi, what a nice hubI agree that green tea has many benefit for health,beside made long life for human body it's goodfor every people ,every age.Have Nice day

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    Roberta Kyle 9 years ago from Central New Jersey

    I'm drinking green tea right now-- I love it and while I don't drink it every day, I do have some every few days. What I'm drinking now is green tea with jasmine and it smells wonderful. Thanks for this great hub--didn't know that green tea could speed up the metabolism--maybe I better drink more of it:-)

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    Susan Keeping 9 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    Thanks, I guess I didn't look too closely when I answered the question :)

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    Jason Menayan 9 years ago from San Francisco

    Actually, green tea is Camellia sinensis (the same as black tea, except unoxidized). Cymbopogon citratus is lemon grass.

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    Susan Keeping 9 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    I love green tea, I usually have 3 or 4 cups a day at work. It's so good for you :)

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    Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

    Hello 3 hours away Neighbor. (I'm between London and Windsor) Thanks for this great info on green tea. I'm slowly getting used to drinking green tea. It defenitely is an aquired taste.

    great information regards Zsuzsy