Thursday, April 21, 2016

3 Health Benefits of Green Tea you should Know

3 Health Benefits of Green Tea you should Know

The cup of tea you enjoy today has a history dating back to China where it is an integrated part of their culture and lifestyle. Here are the health benefits you get from drinking a cup of green tea:


Longevity
Green tea is a packed full of poweful antioxidants in the form of polyphenols (such as flavonoids and catechins "epigallocatechin gallate") which fight harmful free radicals. Antioxidant helps our body fight the effects of aging and cell degeneration. This aids the body in combating a myriad of health problems such as:


1. Cancer
2. Cardiovascular disease
3. Alzheimer’s disease
4. Diabestes


Green tea contains such amazing benefits that in fact, it contains a higher amount of antioxidant compared to fruits and vegetables.


Fat Burner
Did you know that a single cup of tea contains only about 2 calories? It also helps your burn fat because it increases your metabolic rate while decreasing your fat absorption.



Wakes you up
Green tea contains caffeine but with only half the amount compared to coffee. Did you know that caffeine is used in medicine for headache? So enjoy a glass of tea to feel refreshed and alert.



Natural Diuretic
It's caffeine content acts as a natural diuretic which helps get rid of toxins and wastes through urination. Green tea contains only half the caffeine content of coffee so it's perfect if you want only minimal diuretic effect. Just don't forget to drink adequate fluids to avoid dehydration.



...WORTH KNOWING
What is the difference between green tea and black tea?

Both Green Tea and Black Tea are made from the shrub "Camellia sinensis." There difference lies from the way they are processed or made.


Green tea is made by simply heating (steaming) the leaves of Camellia sinensis, then drying it up.

Black tea, on the other hand, is made by first oxidating the leaves of Camellia sinensis before heating and drying. Oxidating the leaves is achieved by rolling or cutting the leaves into pieces. This process exposes the chemicals inside the leaves to oxygen which initiates a chemical reaction which converts catechins into flavanoids -- theaflavins and thearubigins. Because of the oxidation process. black tea has a stronger flavor compared to green tea.



ANTIOXIDANT CONTENT: GREEN TEA VS. BLACK TEA
Because green tea is not fully oxidized, it has more catechins and epigallactocatechin gallate (EGCG) than black tea.

According to the The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition:

"...green tea has more health benefits than an equal volume of black tea in terms of antioxidant capacity."



DID YOU KNOW THAT...
There are many types of tea, among the best known are:

Green Tea
Black Tea
White Tea
Oolong Tea
Pu-erh Tea
Rooibos Tea
Herbal Tea
Yellow Tea