About green tea
After water, tea is considered to be the most consumed beverage all around the globe. However, around 78% of the consumed tea is black tea and only around 20% of the consumed tea is green. Green tea is basically originated from China and is widely used all over Asia. For thousands of years, it was taken as a medicine in China because of its good effects on health. All kinds of tea are brewed by using leaves from Camellia Sinensis bush except herbal tea. These leaves are then dried and the oxidation level is set; which is the main element of distinguishing between different tea leaves. On the other hand, green tea can be termed as the most less processed type of tea. It is made by using un-oxidized leaves and for this reason it contains many oxidants and polyphenols which are beneficial for health.
Possible health benefits of green tea
Green tea has many health benefits and for this reason its use is recommended. Traditionally, the tea was used by Chinese and Indians as a medicine for healing wounds, lowering blood pressure, improving heart’s health, regulating body temperature, controlling bleeding and helping in digestion. Recently, a number of studies have been made and according to these studies, green tea has its positive effects on almost everything. Following are discussed some of the health benefits of green tea.
These days majority of the green tea consumers do take it for weight control or weight loss. It is one of the many major health benefits of green tea. It is a fact that green tea helps in improving metabolism. This is because the intensity levels of fat oxidation are increased by the help of polyphenols that is found in green tea. Furthermore, the rates at which the food is turned into the calories is also increased. If green tea is regularly consumed, then definitely you will observe a slight difference in your weight. Obviously, the difference will not be very prominent but still it can help in improving your metabolism and hence it maintains your weight.
Green tea is also very helpful in regulating or balancing the levels of glucose within our bodies. This is done by lowering the blood sugar level after consuming food. It is very beneficial in preventing fat storage and high insulin spikes. Some researchers have also proved that people who regularly consume green tea are at low risks of developing type 2 diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, the body does not remain sensitive to insulin and as a result insulin cannot help in lowering down the blood sugar levels. In such situations, the green tea is very effective in sensitizing the cells so that sugar is easily metabolized.
As green tea is very effective in lowering blood pressure so it is equally effective in maintaining the healthy heart. The tea helps in keeping the blood vessels relaxed by working on their linings. By staying relaxed, the blood vessels can easily withstand the changes that are observed in blood pressure. The major cause of heart attacks is the formation of clots which can be prevented by the intake of green tea to some extent.
It is researched by the National Cancer Institute that the polyphenols in green tea can largely help in preventing the growth of tumor. Also, these can help in protecting against the damage that is caused by the Ultraviolet Radiation. It is observed that the countries where the intake of green tea is higher; the rate of cancer seems to be lower. It is seen that the green tea drinkers are less likely to develop the pancreatic cancer (which is very common among women) if compared with the non drinkers. Its positive effects are also seen on preventing the esophageal cancer. Basically, it is considered that green tea helps in damaging the cancer cells.
The bad cholesterol in the blood is the main reason for a number of health issues. The intake of green tea helps in reducing the bad cholesterol from the blood. As a result, the good cholesterol is left behind in more amount. This can save you from a number of chronic diseases.
As it is already discussed that green tea helps the blood vessels to withstand the blood pressure changes and it also lowers the cholesterol level in the blood. As a result, the blood pressure is regulated.
Studies show that one of the chemical antioxidant known as ‘catching’ exists in green tea which is very helpful in destroying viruses and bacteria that are responsible for causing dental issues and throat infections. Hence, with the regular consumption of green tea, you can get healthy teeth. Also, the decaying process will be slowed down or stopped.
Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
Studies have been made to show that green tea can reduce the risk of these diseases by protecting the brain cells from getting damaged. Also, the antioxidants in green tea help in restoring the brain cells that are damaged. Some specific molecules in green tea helps in protecting the particular protein compounds found in the brain. Researches are being made in order to see if green tea can be used as a treatment for Alzheimer’s.
There is an amino acid that is naturally found in these leaves, known as ‘thiamine’. This amino acid is considered to leave a relaxing and tranquilizing effect. As a result, if this tea is taken in depression or stress then it might act as an anti-depressant.
Green tea is also highly effective in giving your skin a youthful look. It works against the wrinkles and acts as an anti aging agent. The anti inflammatory and anti oxidant properties help this tea in being so protective against the skin.
The above are few of the benefits that are very helpful for maintaining the healthy body. But obviously drinking one cup of green tea will not let you gain all the health benefits of green tea. You need to take it on regular basis to see the results.