Health Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea is made from the leaves of Camellia Sinensis which undergoes minimal oxidation during processing. Green tea has its origination in China but is well known throughout Asia. Now a days, it has become famous in West where black tea is traditionally consumed. Green tea is being used as beverages, health foods, dietary supplements and cosmetic items. There exists many varieties of green tea. Recent researches and studies shows that green tea is beneficial in curing heart diseases and certain types of cancer. Green tea contain flavonoids which is a group of phytochemicals which is responsible for health benefits such as anti-oxidative and anticarcinogenic fuctions.

Research and Health Effects
Green tea contains a variety of enzymes, amino acids, carbohydrates, lipid sterols, phytochemicals and dietary minerals. Preliminary studies shows health benefits of green tea. Though, consuming large volume of green tea may cause oxidative stress and liver toxicity. Hundreds of millions of people drink green tea and studies suggest that it mas many health benefits. Green tea has been extensively studied on people, animals and laboratory experiments which shows its health benefits.

Health Benefits of Green Tea

  • Immune System: Green tea is known for its property to strengthen immune system to prevent disease and help slow the ageing process antioxidant. Green tea contains polyphenols, super antioxidants, which fight free radicals to keep our cells healthy.
  • Acidity: Green tea my help maintain normal acid/ alkaline levels in your body by neutralising the acid.
  • Reduce rick of smoking: Studies have shown that cigarette smokers who consume upto six cups of green tea a day suffer 40 to 50 percent fewer toxins damage caused by cigarette smokers.
  • Cold and Flu: Green tea helps cure cold and flu. It gives extra boost to immune system to prevent cold. 
  • Weight Loss: Consumption of green tea boosts metabolism and help burn fat. Researches suggest that consuming green tea regularly reduces fat.
  • Diabetes: Green tea has been used traditionally to control blood sugar levels. Animal studies suggest that green tea may help prevent the development of type 1 diabetes and slow the development once it is developed. Green tea may help to regulate glucose in the body.
  • High Cholesterol: Green tea reduces total  cholesterol and raises good cholesterol (HDL).
  • Dental Cavities: One study found that drinking green tea helps prevent dental cavities. 
  • Atherosclerosis: Clinical studies suggest that antioxidant properties of green tea may help prevent atherosclerosis. Researchers estimate that the rate of heart attack decreases by 11% with consumption of 3 cups of tea per day.
  • Cancer: Green tea helps reduce cancer. Cancer rates tend to be low in countries like Japan where people regularly consume green tea. Studies suggest that polyphenols in green tea play an important role in prevention of cancer. Green tea helps reduce various types of cancers like bladder, breast, ovarian, colorectal, esophageal, lung, pancreatic, prostate, skinand stomach cancer.
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): Green tea may help reduce inflammation associated with Crohn's disease and ulcreative colitis, the two types of IBD.
  • Liver Disease: Studies suggest that people consuming green tea are less likely to develop liver problems. Green tea also seem to protect lever from toxic substances like alcohol. Animal studies shows that green tea helps protect against lever tumors in mice.

Cautions while taking green tea

  • Green contains lesser caffeine than coffee and normal tea but still the thing is it contains caffeine. Hence, if you are sensitive to caffeine then one cup of green tea should be your limit for green tea consumption.
  • Green tea contains tannins which can decrease the absorption of iron and folic acid. So,if you are pregnant then green tea may not be good for you. Tannins stimulate the stomach to secrete more acid.
  • Don't consume green tea during two hours after taking medicine.

So, enjoy wholesomeness of green tea and stay fit and healthy!