Green Tea: An Elixir of Health
The Chinese have known all along the wonders green tea could do for the body. Now the world is becoming more and more aware of it and the benefits one can get from it. Green tea is not only a mere drink to be served to guests or to be sipped on lazy afternoons. It is a drink that possesses many medicinal benefits and if the world has known of it for as long as the Chinese have, then there would have been more healthy people. As it is, it is not yet too late. So what exactly are the reasons why people should start drinking green tea? What are its medicinal benefits? Is green tea fit to be called the elixir of health?
Green tea has been known to remedy many ailments. It is said to get rid of headaches and even depression. A lot of scientific research is now being done regarding green tea. It has been found out that constant drinking of green tea can definitely reduce esophageal cancer risks. In fact, 60% of Chinese people who drink green tea have high tolerance for esophageal cancer. Drinking green tea also effectively lowers a person’s total cholesterol level. Cancer cells are also effectively slowed down in their growth. The ratio of the body’s good cholesterol (HDL) to bad cholesterol (LDL) is also improved by drinking green tea.
There are more medicinal benefits packed in a green tea drink other than preventing cancer and the abovementioned benefits. This drink can also help relieve rheumatoid arthritis. Green tea can also help a person with high cholesterol levels. It can also prevent cardiovascular diseases. It is also very helpful against infections in the body. Green tea is also known to benefit people with impaired immune function.
Green tea is so special because it has catechin polyphenols, more specifically it is rich in epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG. This is a very effective anti-oxidant. Aside from being able to slow down the growth of cancerous cells in the body, it also kills these without damaging healthy tissue. If blood clots are functioning abnormally, green tea’s EGCG is there to help. Normalizing blood clot functions is very important because heart attacks and strokes are mostly caused by thrombosis which is the abnormal formation of blood clots.
Other Chinese drinks are not as medically effective as green tea though they come from the same source which is the leaves of the plant Camellia sinensis. The processing of green tea is what makes it very helpful. The leaves of green tea are steamed which prevents the oxidation of the EGCG compound. Other Chinese teas of the same source such as black and oolong are from fermented leaves, a process that oxidizes the EGCG compound making it lose its potency against diseases.
Aside from all these, tooth decay can also be prevented by green tea as well as food poisoning. Green tea is definitely filled with a lot of health benefits. It does fit the term ‘elixir of health’.