Green Tea Benefits

I received a text message from a very good friend at 1:00 am in the morning asking me about the benefits of green tea. ” Hey what is green tea? I want to start drinking it from tomorrow.” This message actually made me realize that I have not written anything about this “super food” yet. How can i forget green tea???? So here I am, right now, right here writing about one of my favorite beverages Green Tea and dedicating this to him.

A word of clarification: All non herbal teas, green, white, black and red (oolong) come from the same plant called “Camellia sinensis“. The leaves of this plant contains  powerful antioxidants known as “polyphenols“. The classification of these four totally depends on the degree of processing that the leaves of Camellia sinensis undergo after they have been harvested. Black tea is fully fermented, Oolong (red) tea is partially fermented,green tea is not fermented at all but instead pan-fried and dried and white tea is barely processed ( J.Bowden,2007).

Coming to green tea:

Green tea contains “Catechins”, a very powerful group of polyphenols.

“Epigallocatechin Gallate” is one of the catechins believed to be responsible for the anticancer effects of green tea.

Jonny Bowden called green tea one of the world’s “great super foods”. Green tea has anti cancer activity, it is also shown to help in weight loss, several studies show that green tea helps in lowering cholesterol , it is also associated with much lower levels of heart disease and last but not the least, green tea contains some components that are shown to be helpful in depression and anxiety (J. Bowden,2007)

In a research done in the year 2004 by a team of medical professionals from Harvard Medical School, it was reported that the catechins in green tea inhibits the growth and reproduction of cancer cells associated with a disease called “Barrett’s esophagus. According to the research they said that green tea may help lower the prevalence of esophageal adenocarcinoma, which is one of the fastest growing cancers in Western countries (J. Bowden, 2007,pp 266)

Several human as well as animal epidemiological studies have confirmed the cholesterol lowering effects of green tea. Research also shows that green tea helps in lowering “fibrinogen“- a substance present in our body responsible to cause clots and strokes (J.Bowden,2007).

Weight loss benefits of green tea have also been shown in several studies. One study in the American journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that men who were give green tea burned more calories compared to the men who were given similar drink without green tea. According to Dr. Shari Lieberman, green tea stimulates the metabolism way more than caffeine alone does (J.Bowden,2007).

Adding one more to so many benefits  of  green tea is its mood improving and relaxation inducing effect. A substance called theanine, found in green tea is shown to be helpful in improving mood and increasing the sense of relaxation (J. Bowden, 2007).

So, in conclusion let’s recap the benefits of green tea:

1. Powerful antioxidant protection

2. Anti-inflammatory effect

3. May help reduce blood sugar.

4. Lower cholesterol

5. Protect against heart disease

6. Cancer protection

7. Ability to stimulate metabolism

Come, lets relax with a cup of green tea. What say 😉 ???

** The above information is for educational purposes only. There is absolutely no intension to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any health problems or diseases. Consult your doctor for specific medical advice, diagnosis and treatment, advice on diet, herb and exercise.**

Reference:

1.  Bowden, J, Ph.D., C.N.S, (2007). The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth,Beverly,M.A.: Fair Winds Press.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Manasi Shah on April 7, 2011 at 11:18 am

    I just read this blog entry..I started drinking Yogi Decaf green tea but when is the best time to have this tea and how many times a day should we drink Green tea..?..

    Reply

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