It has taken a few hundred years, but western society is slowly becoming aware of the powerful, healing benefits of green tea. The Chinese have known since ancient times of the many healing properties of green tea. In fact, green tea is now the second most popular drinks in the world. This article explores just a few of the fantastic health benefits of green tea.
The marvelous benefits of this tea is being proven by scientific research in Asia and here in the west. Here are some benefits that are scientifically proven. In 1994,the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent. Another example is the findings of the University of Perdue researchers that concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells.
On top of these findings, research indicates that drinking this tea may also help lower total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good(HDL) cholesterol to bad(LDL) cholesterol.
Green tea is a powerful antioxidant. Green tea contains catechin polyphenols, also more popular known as antioxidants. This tea contains 27 percent catechin polyphenols which makes it 100 times more beneficial for you than Vitamin C and even 25 times more powerful than Vitamin E!
This type of tea is a blood glucose regulator. It slows down the digestive enzyme Amylase. This in turn slows down the rise in blood sugar levels after a meal. This tea may be effective for proper glucose management.
This tea can assist in fighting viruses. The catechin and theaflavin found in green tea are very effective in the suppression of the influenza. The catechin in green tea inactivate the influenza virus.
This tea can combat food poisoning. Catechin is a very effective sterilizing agent for many types of bacteria that cause food poisoning. Green tea is often recommended as a treatment for diarrhea.
This tea acts as a positive stimulant. This drink contains caffeine which, when taken in the proper quantity, stimulates every organ in the body. Caffeine will help to awaken your mind and help you function with clarity. Caffeine also has a powerful effect on the central nervous system.
Maybe you have heard that despite the fact that the French consume a diet that is high in fatty foods,they have a lower rate of heart disease than Americans do. Well,researchers have finally found a possible reason for this. The French consumer red wine with their meals. Red wine contains resveratrol,a polyphenol that limites the negative effects of smoking and a fatty diet. This explain why heart disease is very low in Japanese men despite the fact that approximately seventy -five percent are smokers!
It is interesting to note why other Chinese teas don’t have the same health benefits as does green tea. Black,green and oolong teas all come from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. The difference is in how the teas are processed. The green is steamed,which prevents the EGCG compound from being oxidized. The black and oolong teas are made from fermented leaves,which results in the EGCG being converted into other compounds which are not nearly as effective in preventing and fighting various diseases.
If all of the aforementioned benefits were not impressive enough, research also suggest that this tea may even help prevent tooth decay.
In summary,westen civilization is indeed beginning to embrace the many wonderful benefits of adding this tea to the diet. The research has verified what the Chinese have known for centuries. Drinking green tea daily is one of the best things you can do to maintain your good health.