THE VARIOUS HEALTH BENEFITS OF GREEN TEA
Green Tea Health Benefits
Cultures varies around the world, but one common thing among them is tea. Various types of teas are being consumed across the globe. Each tea category has its own benefits, including green tea, white tea, black tea, oolong tea and pu-erh tea. They all come from the same plant, camellia sinensis, but the process to prepare the leaves after they are picked is different for each category, oxidation, fermentation, heating, methods vary from one category to the other. For this reason, some tea categories provide higher levels of antioxidants and less caffeine, while others are known to aid digestion, or to stimulate the mind and provide increased energy.
Green tea, like our loose leaf organic sencha, or our organic dragonwell loose leaf green tea, is a worldwide favorite because of its great health benefits. Several people still believe today that they can get the healt benefit of green tea by consuming tea bags. However, experts suggest that loose leaf green tea is much more beneficial than the tea found in tea bags. The loose leaf green tea, when brewed, allows hot water to expand the leaves freely, thus releasing the minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. On the other hand, tea present in tea bags has lost most of its properties as it is processed mechanically and harvested years before it reaches the consumer.
Below are just a few of the believed benefits of loose leaf green tea for health:
Green tea to boost metabolism: Green tea contains flavonoids, which release catechins and helps in improving the metabolism. Simply put, it helps in absorbing more nutrients, producing more energy and burning calories in the process. This is why people use green tea as a natural fat burner. For the same reason, consumption of green tea also helps in boosting energy levels.
Green tea to treat acne: The polyphenols in green tea, also referred to as catechin, named Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), is a proven hormone stimulator that helps eliminate toxins. It also controls the inflammation.
Green tea and its anti-aging properties: Green tea, especially the one made from loose leaves, have several antioxidants present in it. These antioxidants help in the healthy functioning of molecules and prevent many diseases, such as cancer.
Green tea to help reduce stress: This tea is rich in theanine, which is a very beneficial amino acid. According to the researchers, theanine boosts our immune systems and guards us against various infections.
Green tea as an anti-allergen: The ECGC present in the green tea can provide relief against various types of allergies. It helps in reversing the effects of histamine produced in our bodies. Histamine is responsible for stimulating signals in our nerves, which cause allergies. If your body is sensitive towards anything that causes allergies, regular consumption of green tea can help in keeping allergies in check.
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