Green Tea and Its Health Benefits (2)
Green tea is unlikely to be your usual drink. Its many health benefits separate it from other types of drink, even from its own family of tea. The green tea actually offers more health benefits than your traditional black tea does. This is basically because of the process behind its production. The green tea, as opposed to the black tea, is unfermented. This means that the green tea is steamed right after harvest, leaving no time for the leaves to oxidize. The result is more enzyme and nutritional content present in green tea.
This miracle drink actually holds the power to improve the health condition of people suffering from an impaired functioning of the immune system, cancer, infection, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis and a high level of cholesterol.
Although green tea is associated with legends and the ancient China, its health benefits is not another mythical claim. As a matter of fact, a number of scientific researches give proof to the claim. Case in point, an epidemiological study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (year 1994) indicates that drinking green tea reduces the propensity to acquire esophageal cancer among Chinese men and women at a rate of up to 60%. Researchers in the University of Purdue also give testimony to the health benefits of green tea through a study that shows that the tea has a compound that restrains the growth of cancer cells. Another research concludes that green tea reduces weight by contributing to a faster fat oxidation, mainly because of the presence of a thermogenic property. A separate study shows that green tea contributes to a better HDL (good cholesterol) to LDL (bad cholesterol) ratio.
What is the secret behind this amazing medicinal drink? Green tea boasts of a rich supply of catechin polyphenols, the epigallocatechin (EGCG) to be particular. The presence of EGCG explains the wonderful health benefits green tea has to offer. It is responsible for the death of cancer cells without doing unduly damage to the tissue. It is also responsible for the lower level of LDL or the bad cholesterol, basically impeding the formation of unwanted blood clots. These unwanted blood clots pose the risk of leading to a deadly stroke or heart attack.
Green tea also contains both polyphenol and resveratrol. These two components give answer to two medical mysteries. One is the fact that there is a lower incidence of heart attacks among the French compared to the Americans despite the fact that the former actually consume a diet rich in fat. Another medical mystery is the fact that there is a low rate of heart disease among the Japanese when seventy-five percent of the population smokes.
There is no reason why anyone would not want to drink green tea when it promises such wonderful things, not to mention the fact that it is a refreshing and invigorating drink. The only known disadvantage of green tea is the presence of caffeine. But its caffeine content is basically a trifling when compared to coffee.
Start the habit of drinking green tea now.