Health benefits of green tea

Health benefits of green tea

  • There’s nothing like a hot cup of green tea to get you through a long stressful day. It has a way of providing energy, soothing the soul, and refreshing your spirits.
  • Green tea has been used for millenniums in Asia as a potent tonic for its health benefits.
  • It is made from leaves that are unfermented, which gives it higher polyphenol antioxidant content than most teas.
  • Let’s take a look at the health benefits of green tea.
  • Atherosclerosis:
  • Green tea lowers the risk of developing atherosclerosis by lowering LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and killing free radicals that cause damage fats in our bodies. It also helps improve levels of HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol).
  • Blood clots:
  • Green tea contains compounds called catechins, which thin the blood. The catechins also help reduce blood clots by preventing inflammatory compounds from forming in the body. These inflammatory compounds, which are caused by excess omega-6 fatty acids, would otherwise cause blood platelets to clump together and form clots.
  • Cancer prevention:
  • Green tea is loaded with antioxidants called catechins. Antioxidants help fight the effects of oxidative stress. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, “oxidative stress is the total burden placed on organisms by the constant production of free radicals in the normal course of metabolism plus whatever other pressures the environment brings to bear (natural and artificial radiation, toxins in air, food and water; and miscellaneous sources of oxidizing activity, such as tobacco smoke).” Oxidative stress is often linked to many types of cancers.
  • Heart protection:
  • The catechins in green tea have very potent heart protecting properties. They prevent heart muscle damage in persons with ischemia/reperfusion injury. According to Mayo Clinic, “Myocardial ischemia occurs when blood flow to your heart muscle is decreased by a partial or complete blockage of your heart’s arteries (coronary arteries). The decrease in blood flow reduces your heart’s oxygen supply.
  • Myocardial ischemia, also called cardiac ischemia, can damage your heart muscle, reducing its ability to pump efficiently.”
  • Lower blood pressure:
  • Studies show that those who drank 1/2 a cup to 2 1/2 cups of green tea a day had 46% chance of developing high blood pressure. Those who consumed more than 2 1/2 cups a day had 65% less chance. Drinking green tea daily is an important step to maintaining healthy blood pressure.
  • Weight loss:
  • There are three ingredients in green tea that help promote weight loss: catechins, caffeine and theanine. These compounds work together to block the enzymes responsible for storing fats in the body. Green tea is also very low in calories.
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  • REFERENCES:
  • 1. Elrich, Steven D., NMD. “Green Tea.UMM.edu. University of Maryland Medical Center, 14 Oct. 2011. Web. 18 July 2013.
  • 2. Staff, Mayo Clinic. “Myocardial Ischemia.” Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 18 May 2012. Web. 18 July 2013.
  • 3. “The Protective Effect of Habitual Tea Consumption on Hypertension.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 18 July 2013.

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  2. where can I by these herb like green tea leaves and organic vegetable and fruit

  3. Very interesting article, thanks!

    Green tea can also reduce stress and help repair skin. Even more reasons to drink it!

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