Thursday, July 5, 2012

Green Tea and its healing properties

I'm an avid Green Tea drinker, I love the warm and bitter taste effect of this beverage into my system so every other day at 4:00 pm when I felt like being consumed by stress and pressure, I immediately take an Afternoon Tea Break to relax.

I usually put one teaspoon of honey in a cup of hot green tea accompanied by either tea cucumber sandwich or oatmeal biscuits. It helps me relieve tension. 

What fascinates me more about green tea is its optimum health  benefits guaranteed by numerous research studies conducted over the century.

Green tea and Coffee have one common denominator---caffeine, a stimulant that pumps energy to the body. The only difference between these two beverages is that green tea has a smaller amount of caffeine about 40 milligrams ( in one tea bag) while coffee is loaded with too much caffeine almost 400 milligrams in one cup, not only that, green tea contains more antioxidants compared to coffee.

The trumpeted antioxidants from coffee are polyphenols naturally occurring in plants and fruits, but these antioxidants can only be effective if the plants and fruits are dried or packed fresh and consumed, if it undergoes a process of pounding, brewing and milling, polyphenols will lose its strength. 

Coffee is composed of beans that are brewed and milled retaining only the smallest amount of polyphenols. Green Tea is made from unfermented and dried tea leaves from Camellia Sinesis plant, thus contains the highest concentration of polyphenols.

Antioxidants are substances that fight free radicals which many scientists believed the number one cause of premature aging and chronic illnesses like cancer and cardiovascular disorder. Polyphenols in green tea, which are classified as catechins, help neutralize free radicals and help prevent cell damages.

Green Tea contains six catechin compounds such as gallaogatechin, epicatechin, epigallocatechin, epicatechin gallate, and apigallocatechin gallate (also known as EGCG). EGCG is the most studied polyphenol component in green tea and the most active.

Results from different studies conducted about Green Tea revealed that this Asian herbal drink may help treat or prevent certain health conditions such as:
  • Atherosclerosis
  • High cholesterol
  • Bladder cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Diabetes
  • Liver disease
  • Weight Loss
  • Prevent dental cavities

According to the study, despite Green Tea's excellent healthy properties, not all people can reap the same amount of benefits from this beverage.

Find out more,  read here the article published by the University of Maryland Medical Center and its supporting research studies.

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