Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Goodness of Green Tea

Green tea is a very popular herb in South Asia, and has been the subject of many scientific health researches in recent years because of its unique health properties. 

This distinct herb, which has a bitter taste when taken pure, has become the number one choice among Chinese, Japanese and Koreans for internal body cleansing. Green tea is entirely made from the leaves of Camilla Sinensis, a Chinese tea plant, and unlike other tea products, green tea  contains the highest concentration of Catechin, a powerful antioxidant which has  an anti-cancer components.

Polyphenols in green tea have found to be 200 times stronger than other antioxidants, it contains catechins which may prevent cancer cells from growing. According to a study published by American Journal in clinical nutrition, antioxidants in Green tea could help speed up the metabolic rate in the body, controlling weight gain and cleansing the digestive tract effectively. It may prevent diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and premenstrual cramp among women. It has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that efficiently fight free-radicals attack, the main cause of premature aging and chronic illnesses.

When you buy Green Tea, try to look for a high concentration of antioxidants on the label and make sure the antioxidants content is more than 120 milligrams. For a pleasing taste and excellent health benefits, prepare one cup of hot water, dip the tea bag and add amount of honey. Adding another tea bag adds strength, I always do this to receive higher amount of catechins and when I have a headache. One cup of hot green tea gives relief especially when I am tired and under stress. 

Sources: websites of American Cancer Society, American Journal in Clinical Nutrition, Nutritree, Mayo Clinic, BBC health News)

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