In a previous article, I mentioned that many customers are looking for green tea for its health benefits. Beverages from the tea plant (Camellia sinensis) including black tea, oolong, puerh, and white tea, are all considered to be among the world's healthiest drinks. But according to the scientific research, the most significant effects on health have been observed with green tea consumption.
What separates green tea from other types of teas is that it is not oxidized. (Click here to learn more about green tea) The growing and processing of tea creates a wide variety of chemical compounds that can be beneficial to health. One group of compounds found in tea that is considered to be highly beneficial are called catechins. The lack of oxidation in green tea leads to a higher catechin content than other types of tea. The catechin content is one of the main reasons why green tea is so healthy for you. If you do an online search for the health benefits and advantages of green tea, there is an overwhelming amount of information. For those who don’t have the time to sift through it all, here are six of the most important health benefits of the amazing green tea:
Green tea is good for your heart.
Green Tea may reduce blood pressure which can reduce risk of stroke and coronary heart disease. Green tea may also reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by lowering blood sugar and managing body weight.
It’s good for your brain.
The high antioxidant content of green tea seems to have benefits that protect brain cells, and may also protect against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Green tea is good for your looks.
Studies have found that drinking green tea as well as green tea applied to your skin can reduce acne by helping kill bacteria and relieving inflammation and redness. Green tea also has anti-plaque properties that can protect your teeth from cavities and reduce bad breath.
It’s good for your bones.
Drinking green tea regularly can increase bone mineral density and reduce the risk of hip fractures.
Green tea is good for your immune system.
Special compounds in green tea (the catechins) can enhance the activity of natural killer cells which not only help prevent sickness, but also play an important role in killing cancer cells. In Asia, green tea is used as an effective treatment for diarrhea and typhoid. Studies have also found the catechins in green tea to have a healing effect on Helicobacter pylori infections. Drinking green tea can also inhibit infection of the influenza virus as well as the Herpes simplex virus.
It can help prevent cancer.
It is believed that green tea reduces the risk of cancer by reducing the body’s oxidative load. Studies have linked the consumption of green tea to the prevention of several types of cancer including lung, kidney, esophagus, mouth, stomach, small intestine, colon, pancreas, and mammary glands. (Disclaimer: according to most of the studies, you have to drink a lot of green tea to reap these particular benefits. If you're interested in green tea for cancer prevention, make a pitcher or big thermos and drink it all day long.)
Green tea tastes great when cold brewed, a foolproof way to brew tea without bitterness. Give it a try, and let us know what you think!