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Advantages of Drinking Green Tea

Updated on October 4, 2014
Green Tea Bag
Green Tea Bag | Source

Green Tea is Healthy and GOOD!

Green tea is a tea variety that I have grown to love.

I have been drinking tea since I was a child. It was part of our evening meal to finish with a cup of tea. My mother is Irish and a hot cup of orange pekoe at the end of each meal was the norm. It was brewed in a teapot and served with milk and sugar.

I still enjoy a nice cup of tea in the morning for breakfast and I usually have orange pekoe but after reading about the benefits of green tea I decided to give it a try.

My Favourite Green Tea - Green Tea Tropical

I enjoy many brands of Green Tea. I used to buy cheap green tea bags at the grocery store and sometimes brand names when they were on sale. Then one day at a restaurant I ordered a green tea and it was the best green tea I ever tasted.

I enjoyed that cup of green tea so much that I immediately went home and searched for the brand on the internet. Luckily the tea bag included the brand name of Mighty Leaf.

I soon found their website and ordered myself a box of 100 tea bags. It cost me around 60.00 but it was worth it. Mighty Leaf is a healthy organic brand and well worth the cost.

When I mentioned this price at a family dinner my brother-in-law put it into perspective by pointing out it was only 60 cents per cup. That certainly is cheaper than buying a cup at a restaurant!

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Ceremonial Tea Drinking | Source

Green Tea History

It all started in China.....

The history of tea is steeped in legends (pardon the pun). There are many stories about how tea drinking was discovered. One story describes how a man ate a leaf, enjoyed the flavour and decided to release this flavour by steeping the leaves in water. Another story is an accidental discovery whereby a flower and its leaf dropped into a cup of water thus flavouring the water.

The Original Tea

Green tea is the original tea. It is about 5000 years old! All tea was green at one point because it was made from green leaves steeped in water. Historically, it was not processed in any way like it is today. This was the most natural way of enjoying tea and it is still enjoyed this way throughout the world.

Tea Was Created in China

Tea was first discovered by China. And the Chinese take their tea quite seriously. A book was published describing in great detail how to prepare and enjoy a cup of green tea. This book was written in 600 AD and was called Cha Jing or Tea Classic. Tea drinking spread throughout the East. The Japanese had a great influence on the culture of green tea drinking. They produced more varieties and raised the drinking of tea into an art form through "tea ceremonies".

Varieties of Tea

Over the centuries many more varieties of tea were discovered. For example, the black teas that are so popular in the Western hemisphere are a fermented variety of the original green tea. Green tea is now becoming much more popular in the West especially with the discovery of the associated health benefits.

Reasons to Drink Green Tea - Health Benefits!

Enjoy a cup of Green Tea
Enjoy a cup of Green Tea | Source

Green tea has the reputation of being a very healthy tea to drink. It has been associated with weight loss and thus has become more popular. There are many benefits to drinking it than just this. Here are just a few of the many reasons this tea is a good choice.

  1. Promotes weight loss by increasing metabolism which helps to burn more fat.
  2. Contributes to heart health by lowering cholesterol levels and thus reducing the risk of heart disease.
  3. Reduces the risk of cancer by helping your body to protect cells from being damaged.
  4. Stabilizes blood sugar level and therefore can benefit diabetics.
  5. Amino Acids in green tea help to combat stress and anxiety.
  6. An antioxidant that fights those free radicals that accelerate aging.
  7. Destroys bacteria that leads to tooth decay and prevents bad breath.

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More Tea Varieties - from Mighty Leaf Tea

Mighty Leaf Tea Chamomile Citrus, 15-Count Whole Leaf Pouches (Pack of 3)
Mighty Leaf Tea Chamomile Citrus, 15-Count Whole Leaf Pouches (Pack of 3)

Soothing chamomile, relaxation in a cup. This tea type is a natural sleep enhancer. Are you having trouble sleeping? Rather than take a prescription drug that leaves you groggy in the morning enjoy a cup of chamomile tea before bed and you will feel fine in the morning.

Mighty Leaf Herbal Tea, Organic Detox Infusion, 15 Pouches (Pack of 3)
Mighty Leaf Herbal Tea, Organic Detox Infusion, 15 Pouches (Pack of 3)

I have tried this and it does have a strong taste that you have to get used to but it is super good for you. The natural herbs in this tea will cleanse your digestive system. When you are feeling low and haven't been eating properly this is a good tea to enjoy. The taste is robust but it's certainly better than some medicines on the market. This is more a medicinal tea than one you would enjoy on a daily basis.


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      TapIn2U 3 years ago

      Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and has many powerful health benefits! Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      I enjoyed reading this. That's so cool you were able to get the name of the brand you had at the restaurant and now you can save money buying it yourself, rather than paying for it there. I haven't drank tea in a long time! My only concern is caffeine, because tea, in general, supposedly has more caffeine than a regular cup of coffee(some number of times more than a cup of coffee, I don't remember the exact number). I pretty much stay away from caffeine now. My one friend from school used to always have(and drink) a bottle of Arizona Green Tea(an iced tea drink) with him everyday.(Arizona is the name of the ice tea brand, in case you're not familiar with it. It's a familiar name here in the states, in case you're not from here. I mean it's not insanely popular, but a lot of people are familiar with it.) I've always heard of the positive effects green tea has on our health and I really need to get some! Thanks for this pleasant & informative read!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I am not really a tea drinker so have never tasted green tea. I did enjoy learning more about it here