Let’s face it, Green tea is not the tea one would drink for the taste. Green tea drinkers will tell you that if it wasn’t for the benefits they would definitely not drink it. Whilst others might eventually become accustomed to the taste it’s the benefits that most people are after.
Green tea originates in China but widely used throughout the world has been used as a medicine for thousands of years. It is well documented for a multitude of uses from lowering blood pressure to preventing cancer. The reason green tea has so many health benefits is understood to be from the processing which avoids the fermentation process. As a result, green tea retains maximum amount of antioxidants and poly-phenols the substances that give green tea its many benefits.
What are some of these benefits?
Benefit 1: Heart Disease.
Scientists think green tea works on the lining of blood vessels, helping keep them stay relaxed and better able to withstand changes in blood pressure. It may also protect against the formation of clots, which are the primary cause of heart attacks.
Benefit 2: Blood Pressure.
Regular consumption of green tea is believed to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
Benefit 3: Weight Loss.
Green tea increases metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to strengthen levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.
Benefit 4: Cholesterol.
Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
Benefit 5: Depression.
Theanine is an amino acid naturally found in tea leaves. It is this substance that is thought to provide a relaxing and sedative effect and be a great benefit to tea drinkers.
Benefit 6: Diabetes.
Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can prevent high insulin spikes and resulting fat storage.
Benefit 7: Skincare.
Green tea can apparently also help with wrinkles and the signs of aging.