Health Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

Originating in China, green tea has been widely used throughout Asia as a medicine for thousands of years. It is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. Black tea allows for fermentation, whereas green tea avoids the fermentation process. This helps green tea retain the maximum amount of antioxidants and polyphenols, which give green tea its many benefits.

What are Polyphenols?

According to MedicineNet.com, Polyphenols act as antioxidants. They protect cells and body chemicals against damage caused by free radicals, reactive atoms that contribute to tissue damage in the body. Polyphenols can also block the action of enzymes that cancers need for growth and they can deactivate substances that promote the growth of cancers.

Green tea could help with:

  • Weight Loss
  • Metabolism
  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer
  • Cholesterol
  • Memory
  • Tooth Decay
  • High Blood pressure
  • Aging
  • Diabetes

How Much Should You Drink?

One cup of tea a day is not enough to take advantage of the full benefits that it offers. It is believed that 2-5  cups of green tea a day offers the maximum benefit. If you do not want to make green tea several times a day, consider trying organic green tea supplements.

Caution

If you are sensitive to caffeine, then one cup should be your limit. If you are pregnant, do not drink green tea as it can decrease the absorption of iron and folic acid.

Sources:

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=16619

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_tea

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