Numerous studies have proven that the benefits of green tea and its positive effects on health are many: weight loss without dieting, cardiovascular disease, malignant diseases, cholesterol, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis), arthritis, high blood pressure, allergies, stress (improving sanity and calms, reduce stress hormones), food poisoning (calm irritable bowel), strengthen the immune system, improves concentration, prevents bad breath.
Here are our five TOP reasons why a cup of green tea should become your daily habit:
For a healthy heart
Many studies have proven that drinking tea, both black and green, can protect against some heart diseases. One study followed patients diagnosed with heart disease for three and a half years. They proved that the death rate was 44 percent lower among patients who consumed more than 14 cups of tea per week, than those who did not drink tea at all. The secret of this amazing tea is in the flavonoids, powerful antioxidants that neutralize free radicals. They improve cholesterol, and triglycerides, which means they improve the main risk factors for cardiovascular diseases.
Protection against cancer
Several studies have linked drinking tea, especially green, with protection against various types of cancer, because of its powerful antioxidants. A recent study in China showed that the chances of developing prostate and colorectal cancer among green tea users, is 50 percent lower, compared to people who do not consume green tea. Another study in Japan noted that drinking more than three cups of green tea a day may protect against recurrence (relapse) of breast cancer.
For healthy bones and teeth
Scientists of the University Hospital in Taiwan Cheng Kung tracked more than 1,000 men and women older than 30, and found that those who regularly daily consumed tea over several years, had good preserved bone density. Apparently, the key of the benefits of green tea is in his high concentration of fluoride. Fluorides prevent the growth of streptococcusmutans, the harmful bacteria in the mouth that causes plaque formation and tooth decay.
Green tea increases fat burning and helps with weight loss
Regular intake of green tea can help in removing excess weight by boosting up metabolism, and thus burning excess calories easier. A six-week study done by the scientists at Anglia Ruskin University, has proved that people who took green tea extract, decreased their body fat by 1.63 percent.
To protect the skin
High proportion of antioxidants in green tea, including vitamins E and C, surely slows the aging process of the skin. Therefore, green tea is the main component of the increasing number of cosmetic products. Antioxidants can protect us from changes in the structure of DNA caused by harmful UV light, which is why now scientists in the United States engaged in developing creams that include ingredients found in green tea to protect against skin cancer.
How to brew the perfect tea
– Water temperature: Boil the water in teakettle, and then leave the water to cool for five minutes, to achieve the optimum temperature between 70-80 ° C.
– Green Tea Quantity: Put 1 tablespoon of green tea in 1 liter of water, or 1 teaspoon of green tea in 2.5-3 ounces of water.
– Wait until the tea components infuse: You should leave the green tea in the hot water for about 2-3 minutes and then strain it. During these few minutes, the antioxidants (catechins) are coming to the surface and have a better effect on your body.
Green tea is delicious without adding sugar or milk. If you still need a sweetened drink, it is best to add a tablespoon of honey, because milk can reduce its antioxidant powers.
Green tea versus black tea
Both green and black tea come from the same plant and contain the same amount of flavonoids. The difference is that black tea leaves are fully oxidized, and when green tea is prepared, fresh leaves are lightly steamed. It is this process that gives green tea a distinctive mild taste and probably larger amount of simple flavonoids called catechins (about 27 percent in green tea compared to 4 percent in the black). It is the catechins, especially EGCG and ECG (epigallocatechingallate, and epicatechin gallate), which give green tea such an amazing healthy benefits.