Health Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea has superior health benefits and has been used through centuries starting from Asia. Drinking tea is a part of daily life in Asia, not only far east but also western part such as Turkey. Every home would offer you a glass of black tea steeped in traditional tea pots in Turkey. Herbal and green tea is also popular but tradition is serving black tea. I also like chai but except green tea all other varities could have fermented and containing less anti-oxidant qualieties. I suggest sticking to green and herbal teas.

In England tea has been famous since the 17th century and it was promoted that tea has got medicinal properties such as it is good for digestion, cold and fevers and headaches. Of course it’s rising popularity brought taxes for governments. But tea still has a ritualistic spiritual aspect to it. In Japan, drinking ‘matcha’ which is powdered good quality green tea represents that background.

Tea plant has catechins, bioflavonoid and vitamin C.  In black tea the catechins are mostly oxidized and it becomes fermented. The oolong tea is half fermented, contains a lesser amount of catechins than green tea and black tea. Studies have shown that green tea catechins have anti-oxidant qualities.

Popular medicinal qualities of green tea has been lowering cholesterol (LDL), burning fat, preventing diabetes and stroke, helping cancer, easing the pain of rheumatoid arthritis, preventing cardiovascular disease, boosting your immune system, reducing tooth decay and effective in multiple sclerosis.

According to one online article ‘In 2007, Dr. Orhan Aktasfrom the Institute of Neuroimmunology conducted a study of how green tea benefits sufferers of multiple sclerosis. While current patients do not have many options to prevent tissue damage and disability, he found that the flavonoid EGCG found in green tea could have a huge impact on multiple sclerosis. He concluded that EGCG is capable of directly protecting against neuronal injury in living brain tissue and that EGCG constituents may open up a new therapeutic avenue for treating MS by combining anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective capacities.’

You can take green tea capsules everyday as well as you can drink it at least three times a day for the medicinal properties to show up. You can add honey and lemon too for an extra kick. Sip to your natural health!

Author: Ozge Simsek

Sources: ‘Green Tea. Health Benefits and Applications.’ By Yukihiko Hara, Marcel Dekker Inc, 2001

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