Green tea also known as Chinese tea has been a popular
beverage in Asia for over 3000 years. The Chinese have known about the
medicinal benefits of green tea since ancient times, using it to treat
everything from headaches to depression.
All true teas come from the same warm climate bush, Camellia Sinensis,
Black, Green, Oolong and White teas are all made from its leaves but
differ in the way they're processed. Green tea leaves are steamed and
then dried helping to retain many more of its medicinal properties. By
contras black and oolong teas are made from fermented leaves, to
produce a milder taste. White tea has the distinction of being made
from younger leaves and buds plucked from the branch ends.
Green teas secret is that its rich in catechin polyphenols particularly
epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) these polyphenols are potent
antioxidants that are more powerful then vitamin C and vitamin E in
their ability to suppress free radicals.
Green teas popularity stems from its reported ability to aid with the
High Cholesterol levels
Impaired immune functions
Other benefits include
Aiding with weight control
Helps prevent tooth decay
Scientific findings suggest that green tea may help
prevent bladder cancer, colon cancer, esophageal cancer, rectum cancer
and lung cancer.
The polyphenols epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is a powerful anti –
oxidant that inhibits the growth of cancer cells with out harming
healthy tissue and is also effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels
and inhibits the formation of blood clots. Some studies have shown that
drinking green tea with meals can reduce the risk of bacterial food
poising. Drinking green tea can also aid in killing oral bacteria that
causes cavities and bad breath. Its reported that green tea is
effective against staph infections that have become resistant to
antibiotics. Green tea aids in promoting the growth of friendly
bifidobacteria in the intestine and prevents the growth of dangerous
intestinal bacterial strains such as clostridia and E. coli.
Green tea contains one third as much caffeine as coffee, if your
looking for caffeine free tea with comparable properties as green tea
please try rooibose
the red bush tea.
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