Live longer and healthier with green tea
What is green tea?
Green tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia Sinesis plant. All kinds of tea are made from this plant, except herbal tea. The leaves are dried, and the degree of oxidation determines what kind of tea it becomes. The leaves are not oxidised for green tea. That is why the water in your cup turns green with green tea and dark brown with ‘normal’, oxidized tea.
Green tea as a medicine
In Asia, they have known for a long time that green tea has many health benefits. Originally green tea in China and India was used as a medicine for the heart, to speed up digestion and to heal wounds. Even now, years later, research shows that green tea helps with weight loss, detoxing and the prevention of various common diseases. You can read all of these below.
Benefits of green tea
Green tea is one of the least processed teas. As a result, it contains the most antioxidants and natural polyphenols. Polyphenols are chemical compounds that often occur in fruit and vegetables and which, in addition to minerals and vitamins, make them so healthy. The polyphenols found in the plant kingdom are also called catechins.
Catechins are substances that have astounded the scientists in recent years, and their amazing effects on health. These natural polyphenols are anti-inflammatory, work against viruses and kill bacteria.
Green tea contains eight to ten times as many catechins as fruit and vegetables. By choosing green tea, you turn your everyday cup of tea into a health wonder.
Antioxidants in green tea can provide protection against cancer
Probably you have read before that green tea is full of antioxidants. But what do those antioxidants in tea actually do for your body? Antioxidants protect your tissues and the DNA in your cells against free radicals. These free radicals ensure that tissues, such as your skin and blood vessels, age faster. Also, free radicals can change the DNA in cells, causing cancer cells to develop.
In short: the large amount of antioxidants in green tea make the free radicals harmless. By drinking green tea you stop aging and the development of cancer.
Science has a lot of evidence for this. Research has shown that women who drink green tea are 22% less likely to develop breast cancer. Men who drink green tea in turn have 48% less chance of developing prostate cancer. According to another interesting study, the chance of bowel cancer can decrease significantly if you regularly drink green tea.
Many more health benefits with green tea
Green tea offers many more health benefits. There are so many that I have to make a list of them.
- Is good for your heart and blood vessels
Green tea lowers, among other things, the ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol. You have a whopping 31% less risk of cardiovascular disease if you regularly drink a cup of green tea.
- Reduces the risk of a stroke
People who regularly drink green tea are less likely to suffer from a stroke than people who do not, according to the conclusion from large-scale research.
- Reduces stress and fatigue
- Prevents holes in your teeth
Due to the antibacterial effect of green tea, you will not be able to make holes as quickly. This antibacterial effect is also responsible for the following two points.
- Relieves the symptoms of arthritis
- Reduces skin problems
Green tea not only relieves bacterial infections that cause acne but the antioxidants in green tea also cause your skin to age less quickly. This way you can keep your wrinkles and pigment spots out of the door for a while.
- Is good for your brain
Green tea helps to prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s; the two most common brain diseases that you can contract at an older age. Green tea also improves your memory.
- Reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes
You are less likely to get diabetes by drinking green tea because it keeps your sugar level low and keeps your sensitivity to insulin high.
- Helps you lose weight
Green tea has a beneficial effect on your weight; it makes you lose weight faster and your metabolism gets a boost, so you burn more calories. Research shows that men who drink green tea burn up to 4% more energy than men who do not. That amounts to about 100 to 120 calories per day.
In the case of green tea, the more, the better. In a study into the cancer inhibiting effect of green tea, 2 to 10 cups of green tea were drunk. Only at 10 cups green tea also lowers cholesterol, which is not the case with only 4 cups.
Large-scale research has shown that people who drink more than 5 cups of green tea per day live the longest. This effect is stronger in women than in men.
Although green tea contains caffeine, this is only a fraction of the amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee and only half the amount of caffeine in a cup of black tea. If you are not hypersensitive to caffeine, you can drink green tea every moment of the day.
Bag, loose tea or soft drink?
Avoid green tea from soft drinks, such as ice tea from a pack or bottle. The effect of green tea is much stronger when you drink a hot cup of tea, made from loose leaves or a ready-to-eat teabag. Good quality tea is better than the cheap teas because the latter can contain a lot of fluoride.
Conclusion and tips
The large amount of antioxidants and catechins in green tea offer protection against cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and brain diseases. Green tea also improves your skin and memory, reduces stress and helps with weight loss.
If you want to fully enjoy the health benefits of green tea, then I have the following tips for you:
Drink 2 to 10 cups of green tea per day
Drink at least 2 (and preferably more than 5) cups of green tea per day if you want to benefit from all health benefits. But keep it healthy and drink tea sugar-free.
Use green tea of good quality
Loose tea is often of better quality than tea in ready-to-use bags, but if you find tea bags more convenient, that is also a good solution. Have soft drinks with green tea.
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