Green tea has so many health benefits I honestly don’t know where to start! I drink a lot of green tea, and I love it for the flavour, but I was interested to do a little more research on the health benefits of green tea. Again, I am not a doctor, so check with your doctor if you are planning on using green tea for medicinal purposes. I drink it because I like green tea, but if I can get some additional health benefits out of it, then I’m happy!
Why Is Green Tea So Good For Health?
My husband asked me the other day why he gets strong headaches right after drinking green tea. I did some research, and the major difference between coffee and tea was the high levels of catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) in green tea. If you are familiar with anti-oxidants, Green tea has an incredible amount of EGCG which is one of the most powerful anti-oxidants out there. The major reason green tea has so much EGCG over black teas and Oolong teas is because green tea is steamed! This prevents the ECCG from being oxidized.
What Is Green Tea Used For
Green tea has been used for nearly 4,000 years in China as a medicine. There are many claims out there of the health benefits of green tea, including:
- lower high cholesterol levels
- help with rheumatoid arthritis
- fight cardiovascular disease
- help with impaired immune function
- reduce or illuminate infection
- fight tooth decay
I try hard to take care of myself. With an extremely busy life with a travelling husband, two kids, my career, and my love for tea, green tea is a fantastic addition to my daily routine. As with everything, it is not a wonder drug that can cure everything, and I’m not a doctor to be able to recommend the tea for medical purposes, but what I can tell you is that it does help keep me healthy and feel better day to day. In fact, I was at the store the other day, and I noticed some deodorants, toothpastes, and even creams are starting to appear that contain green tea. So clearly, the green tea benefits are out there, and research is starting to crop up.
Green tea tastes awesome, smells great, and if it can help keep you healthy, all the better.
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