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Green Tea Health Benefits

Friday, February 26, 2016

Green tea is flaunted as one of the healthiest drinks on the market, with a whole host of health benefits. Some reports say it is the second most consumed beverage in the world after water. But why is it so good for us?

How it is made?
Green tea is made using the leaves of the white flowered tea plant, Camellia sinensis. The green tea leaves are processed differently than other forms of tea. They are steamed straightaway after picking before being rolled and dried. In contrast, black tea leaves are made from tea leaves that are withered by exposure to the air before being fermented.

What’s in it?
The majority of green tea benefits seem to come from the powerful antioxidants, catechins, which have been linked to cancer prevention, decreased risk of stroke, heart diseases, and lowering blood cholesterol. One of the main catechin substances is EGCG or epigallocatechin gallate, a powerful antioxidant, described as 25 to 100 times more powerful than Vitamin C or Vitamin E.

Here are some important benefits and claims from regularly drinking green tea that just might convince you to give it a go:

Help with Concentration
Green tea contains a lot less caffeine than coffee, making it better for those who are sensitive to caffeine. It also has a different combination of stimulants compared to coffee. The amino acids in tea help can help with relaxation and focus.

Lower Risk of Cancer
The high presence of antioxidants in green tea may also help in the prevention of various cancers. The EGCG from green tea may help suppress the formation and growth of powerful cancer causing agents.

Keep Diabetes in Check
Green tea helps to control glucose levels managing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This prevents extreme insulin spikes and resulting fat storage. It helps to normalise and regularise blood sugar levels.

Lowers Heart Disease Risk
Drinking green tea regularly helps to reduce bad cholesterol in the bloodstream and enhances the ratio of essential cholesterol to bad cholesterol. It assists to keep the lining of blood vessels fit and protect against the formation of clots.

Increases Fat Burning
Green tea helps to intensify metabolism. It reduces blood fat, and helps the liver operate more effectively. It is said to also increase energy levels.

Makes Us Feel Good
Green tea contains an amino acid, thiamine, which offers a relaxing and calming effect.

Makes Us Look Good
It is thought that green tea helps to slow down the ageing process. The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties help reduce acne, prevent wrinkles and even reduce tooth decay!

Hopefully, you are now convinced that green tea is good for your health. So go ahead and enjoy a hot cup of green tea and enjoy its health benefits. The Ancient Chinese proverb, "Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one," must have been written with a cup of green tea in mind! 

Check out the range of green teas we have available in the store.

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