Friday, July 26, 2013

Why Green Tea?

a cup of Green Tea with slices of Lemon to taste

It's almost quarter to 2 am and yet I'm still wide awake even when my bed seems to drag me. Since I can't sleep yet, I grabbed a cup of green tea hoping I might get tired waiting for the hot water to cool down and finally get myself to bed. As I've nothing to do, I researched and wanted to share also what is Green Tea and its benefits.

Hmmm? Have you ever heard of Green Tea? I bet you did. Anyway, Green tea is made from the leaves from Camellia sinensis that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing. Green tea originates in China but it has become associated with many cultures throughout Asia. Green tea has recently become more widespread in the West, where black tea has been the traditionally consumed tea. Green tea has become the raw material for extracts which are used in various beverages, health foods, dietary supplements, and cosmetic items.

Green tea has been used as a medicine for thousands of years, originating in China but widely used throughout Asia this beverage has a multitude of uses from lowering blood pressure to preventing cancer. The reason that green tea has more health benefits attached to it than black tea is (apparently) due to the processing. Green tea retains maximum amount of antioxidants and poly-phenols the substances that give green tea its many benefits. Here's a list of some of its benefits.

11 Benefits of Green Tea

  1. Weight Loss.
Green tea increases the metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.

  1. Diabetes.
Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can prevent high insulin spikes and resulting fat storage.

  1. Heart Disease.
Scientists think, green tea works on the lining of blood vessels, helping keep them stay relaxed and better able to withstand changes in blood pressure. It may also protect against the formation of clots, which are the primary cause of heart attacks.

  1. Esophageal Cancer.
It can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, but it is also widely thought to kill cancer cells in general without damaging the healthy tissue around them.

  1. Cholesterol.
Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.

  1. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
It is said to delay the deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Studies carried out on mice showed that green tea protected brain cells from dying and restored damaged brain cells.

  1. Tooth Decay.
Studies suggests that the chemical antioxidant “catechin” in tea can destroy bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections, dental caries and other dental conditions.

  1. Blood Pressure.
Regular consumption of green tea is thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.

  1. Depression.
Theanine is an amino acid naturally found in tea leaves. It is this substance that is thought to provide a relaxing and tranquilizing effect and be a great benefit to tea drinkers.

  1. Anti-viral and Anti-bacterial.
Tea catechins are strong antibacterial and antiviral agents which make them effective for treating everything from influenza to cancer. In some studies green tea has been shown to inhibit the spread of many diseases.

  1. Skincare.
Green tea can apparently also help with wrinkles and the signs of aging, This is because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Both animal and human studies have demonstrated that green tea applied topically can reduce sun damage.

I am trying to make it a habit to drink Green Tea 3 times a day. Maybe not just to consume all of them 'cause I have like 200+ teabags of them. Haha
You can also add some fruits in it like grapefruits or strawberry or whichever you like to add flavor.
I put slices of lemon (picture shown above).

100 teabags per box :)

Green Tea: Maybe my another motivation of getting "that" body and also the health benefits. I hope you might find this helpful as I found this one a "thing".  Start living right. Grab a cup of Green Tea now!


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