It seems like every time you turn your head there is an ad for either green tea or something promoting it contains green tea. After some time, you start to wonder what they are talking about on all those advertisements.
That is what made me curious about the green tea and health benefits that I was hearing and reading about in those advertisements. I was looking for an answer on whether or not it was worth all the attention it was receiving these days.
I found out that green tea is really an amazing beverage, food, tea, or whatever you want to classify it. This is something that has literally been around for thousands of years in Asia. It’s reputation has even made it a part of traditional medicine.
I am sure you have heard that green teas are not processed like black and oolong versions. It contains a powerful antioxidant called EGCG or epigallocatechin.
I don’t want to bore you with the scientific breakdown of how it works. That is something that I found from an internet search in about ten minutes.
If you are looking for reasons to add green tea to your diet, then look no further.
Numerous studies have added to the list of health benefits and it is rather impressive.
Green tea is used as a diuretic(promote the excretion of urine), astringent(help heal wounds), stimulant, a way to improve heart health, regulate blood sugar and body temperature, promote digestion, and improve mental processes. This is just from traditional Chinese and Indian medicine.
From the extensive studies done, this tea helps with high cholesterol by lowering overall cholesterol and raising the good cholesterol (HDL) and helps prevent coronary heart disease. There is also the list of cancers: Bladder, Breast, Ovarian, Colorectal, Esophageal, Liver, Lung, Pancreatic, Prostate, Skin and Stomach to date.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), weight loss, tooth decay, arthritis, colds and influenza. Did I mention this was a tea that has been around for thousands of years?
I must say that I was surprised at how many things are on that list. I originally guessed that the list was going to be small and trivial.
I was also happy to find out that I can get the health benefits from an extract version of the green tea. It has no caffeine and is either a stand alone pill or added to another pill like a multivitamin. I went out and found a well established company and started taking green tea supplements.