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By: - at June 8, 2013

General Health Benefits of Green Tea

Introduction
Green Tea BenefitsThe ancient people believed that green tea is very beneficial when it comes to their health. A lot of people consider drinking tea as an important part of their life. However, some individuals argue that regular drinking of green tea does not ensure prevention of certain disorders.

Studies show that green tea assures cancer survivors of lesser chances of cancer recurrence. Aside from that, a medical study conducted in China revealed that the more green tea a person drinks, the lesser the possibility of developing certain disorders.

Most Helpful Green Tea Elements:

  • Catechins

    Green teas are rich in antioxidants called catechins. These antioxidants are the reason why ancient people are convinced that green tea is the source of good health and long life. Aside from protecting the plantís health, catechins also proved to be beneficial for humans. Medical research shows that catechins help stop cellular damage, which in turn prevents the growth of cancer cells. This antioxidant can also be found in other foods like dark chocolate, berries, red wine and apples.
     
  • EGCG and EGC

    EGCG and EGC are two of the six types of catechins present in green tea. EGCG is known to be very helpful in treating many disorders. Because of green teaís production process, it is the only beverage that contains high levels of EGCG.

6 General Health Benefits of Green Tea

Loose Leaf Green TeaIt has been proven that individuals who drink at least five cups of green tea every day live longer by 16% comparing to those who drink lesser amount of green tea. Although tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, women are advised to lessen their consumption of tea during pregnancy because of its caffeine level.

1)  Green Tea is Beneficial Against Cancer
Because green teaís antioxidant is much stronger than vitamin C and E, green tea is very effective in reducing cancer risks. Drinking green tea at least three times a week can help reduce the risk of having cancer in the colon, stomach and esophagus. Medical research showed that men who drank at least six cups of green tea every day for weeks have reduced prostate tissue inflammation after surgery.

2)  Green Tea Benefits Against Heart Disease
Studies showed that daily consumption of at least four cups of green tea lessens the severity of heart disease especially in men. Another study shows that clogging of the blood vessels in the heart is less likely to happen if a person drinks more green tea. The antioxidants present in green tea are responsible in improving the blood vesselís flexibility, which helps the heart put up with changes in pressure. The heartís flexible blood vessels also lessen the risks of clogging. Heart attack victims can also benefit from green tea because it can stimulate the rehabilitation of heart cells.

General Benefit of green tea - Fat Loss!3)  Green Tea Promotes Weight Loss Benefits
The polyphenols in green tea helps to speed up the metabolism. Also, green tea has the ability to burn more fat and to reduce fat storage. Two separate studies conducted in Japan and Netherlands revealed that green tea helps lower LDL, or bad cholesterol. Dutch study showed that drinking caffeinated green tea helps in losing more weight, compared to decaffeinated green tea. This resulted in lower blood pressure and lesser bad cholesterol.

4)  Green Tea Benefits Against Tooth Decay
Drinking at least one cup of unsweetened green tea every day can lessen the possibility of losing teeth due to aging. Tea with sugar may stop catechins from killing mouth bacteria that causes tooth decay and other gum diseases. Other oral benefits of drinking unsweetened green tea include cavity prevention, healthier gums and better breath. Green tea is also present in some oral care products like mouthwash and toothpaste.

5)  Green Tea is Beneficial for Fighting Depression
Others believe that the caffeine present in green tea is the reason why it is effective in elevating mood. However, studies show that L-theanine, also present in green tea, is responsible in reducing anxiety. Individuals who are suffering from anxiety must take 200 milligrams of L-theanine. This level of L-theanine can be taken by drinking at least 5 cups of green tea. Researchers proved that people who drink more cups of green tea, at least four cups a day, are less likely to get depressed.

6)  Green Tea for Skin Care and Anti-aging
Green Tea Facial Mask
Nowadays, green tea extract is admired in the cosmetics industry. Green teaís polyphenols have the beneficial ability to fight against free radicals that damage skin cells. Drinking green tea will also delay premature aging as well as prevent skin cancer. Here are 5 general ways to rejuvenate your skin using green tea:

  • As a Facial Mask.  After drinking green tea, cut the bag open. Pour the contents into a saucer and add honey. Make it into a paste and apply on clean face as a mask. Rinse the mask off after ten minutes.
  • Quick Facial.  Soak a tea bag in a steamy hot water and pull it out after a few seconds. Squeeze off excess water and gently rub the tea bag on your face until the bag has cooled off.
  • Facial Cleanser.  Soak a green tea in a steamy hot water. Open the tea bag. Pour the ground tea leaves on a saucer and add a small amount of your creamy facial cleanser until it is thick in texture. Apply it on your face and rinse it after five minutes.
  • Facial Wash.  Make a cup of green tea. When it is cooled down, use it as a facial wash by splashing it on your face over and over again. Rinse your face with water.
  • Facial Steam.  Pour green tea ground leaves in a large bowl. Add boiling water. Bend in front of the large bowl and place a towel over your head. Donít get your face too close to the hot water. This will also relax your nasal cavity.

Green Tea vs. Black Tea and Oolong Tea
Green tea, oolong tea and black tea all come from Camellia sinensis plant, commonly known as the Tea Plant. These three types of teas differ in production process. Green tea is un-oxidized, making it the richest in catechins among the three. Oolong (also called wu long) tea however is semi-oxidized. Oolong is known for effectively healing eczema, allergies and bacterial infections. Like green tea, oolong is also known for fighting against cancer, obesity and cavities. Black tea on the other hand is fully oxidized making it contain three times more caffeine than green tea. Aside from that, black tea has much lesser catechins. However, black tea has more thearubigins and theaflavins level. These antioxidants are also powerful and have the ability to fight against cancer, including leukemia.


 

 

 

 

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