“Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one.” Chinese Proverb
What is green tea?
Green tea is made using the same leaves as black tea (the Chinese Camellia sinensis plant) but it is processed differently than black tea. Green tea is dried, but not fermented. The shorter processing minimizes oxidation which keep the beneficial chemicals intact, making green tea so good for you.
Weight Loss Benefits
There are some well-respected studies showing that consuming green tea as a beverage or supplement on consistent basis helps to reduce your body fat. It seems to stimulate your metabolism. Links to some online studies supporting this are:
Reduces Cholesterol Levels
Green tea lowers your cholesterol levels by reducing its absorption in your digestive tract and increasing the rate of which it is excreted. An online supportive link is:
Lowers Blood Pressure
Studies have shown that consuming green tea does reduce your blood pressure, which in turn lowers your risk of heart attack. Supportive link:
Helps Your Brain Function
The enzymes found in green tea protect your brain cells from damage, which in turn helps prevent cognitive decline. Some researchers are also linking this to slowing the onset of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Supportive link:
Several other benefits have been reported. Some are well researched, others are more anecdotal. They are: lowering your risk of various kinds of cancers, clearing up acne, reducing the severity of arthritis, reducing tooth decay, boosting your immune system, preventing wrinkles, preventing liver disorders, reducing allergies symptoms, preventing diabetes, and reducing inflammation associated with inflammatory bowel disease. Feel free to do your own research if you are interested in any of these other benefits.
Although green tea is generally considered safe for most adults, there are some pharmaceutical drugs that it interacts with. Because of that, if you take any prescribed or over the counter medications, please consult with your primary physician before taking green tea on a regular basis.
How much to take
Drink 2-10 cups per day on a consistent basis. Do not consume more than 10 cups per day unless instructed by your health practitioner.