Green Tea: Just Three Cups
Green tea has come a long way from the time when it was first discovered by the emperor Shen Nung. This wonderfully refreshing drink quickly gained popularity across the globe, beginning its route in Asia, approaching India until it reached the Western world. The growing popularity of green tea is not much of a wonder though as it is not only tastefully invigorating but is very beneficial to health as well.
The green tea is made even better by the many flavors contributing to its refreshing taste. Among these flavors are the Vanilla, Mint, Jasmine, Sencha, Jasmine Pearls and even Gunpowder. There should be one that fits every drinker’s taste and preference.
Even better news is the fact that a mere three cups of green tea provides as much as 240-320 milligrams of polyphenols. This means more active antioxidants to battle free radicals threatening to rob your cells of electrons and causing unduly damage to your body tissues. This should protect you from the risk of acquiring cancer and other serious diseases. Now imagine what five cups can do to your body.
Let me discuss the health benefits green tea has to offer in detail, particularly for those who consume as much as five cups of the medicinal tea. As already mentioned green tea contains a significant amount of polyphenol which is an active antioxidant effective in fighting off free radicals. The green tea beats fruits and vegetables when talking about levels of active antioxidant, making it a healthier part of your diet. It is important that we prevent the accumulation of harmful free radicals in our body as they cause serious damage to our cells and tissues causing the formation of many serious diseases, cancer for example.
Another major advantage associated with green tea is the factor that separates it from the more popular black tea. This is the fact that green tea is unfermented. As opposed to the production of black tea, producing green tea involves the process of steaming the leaves that come from the plant Camellia Sinensis right after harvest to prevent the leaves from oxidizing. This basically retains active ingredients that are usually lost after the process of fermentation. This makes green tea a far more potent medicinal drink than the black tea.
Green tea also contains a thermogenic property that speeds up the oxidation of fats. The result is a reduction in weight. Another important component present in green tea is the epigallocatechin or the EGCG. The EGCG goes as far as killing cancer cells without causing the tissues any damage.
Green tea also results to a desirable LDL (bad cholesterol) to HDL (good cholesterol) ratio. This means fewer propensities to develop blood clots that may lead to deadly heart attacks or strokes.
A refreshing drink of green tea also provides the body with Resveratrol which basically explains why the Japanese are less likely to develop heart disease despite the fact that seventy-five percent of these people are smokers.
The list tells you that there is a good reason for you to indulge on green tea, aside from the fact that they actually taste great.