Well, it’s not that it taste is good, not at all J Yes, I prefer to take it with lemon for added health advantages and taste enhancement. But the primary reason I drink it every day as I know it is going to benefit my health and wellness in a lot of ways.
A slice of its history
Though native to India and China, Green tea is consumed all across the world for many hundreds of years now. Today it is one of the most common drinks of the Americans. To those not aware, green tea is made out of the same leaves used for black tea. But the key difference is unlike black tea, green tea doesn’t go through oxidization process.
So, green tea is un-oxidized and one of the least processed type of tea, and thus it is extremely rich in antioxidants and valuable polyphenols. Green tea was extensively used for medicine purpose in the Ancient China and Ancient India.
From healing wounds, improving digestion, controlling blood pressure and improving the metabolism of your body to fighting deadly cancer, Green tea has great effects on almost every part of your body!
Folks, it is a zero calorie beverage! Compared to coffee and black tea, it has a significantly lower amount of caffeine into it, which can vary slightly depending on the infusing time and the quantity of leaves used. According to the experts, green tea contains about 20-45 milligrams of caffeine per 8 oz cup, while coffee contains about 95 milligram and black tea contains about 50 milligrams of caffeine per cup.
“Green tea is the healthiest drink I can think of having”, says Christopher Ochner, a research scientist at Mount Sinai Hospital. Adding more to the fact, green tea has the highest amount of antioxidants of any tea. Moreover, the chemical called polyphenols found in green tea flaunts excellent anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory benefits. “Green tea is rich in catechins which fight cell damage”, says Beth Reardon, RD, a Boston nutritionist.
It’s a FACT too!
While healthy food and drinks can prevent benefit a lot to your body, no one of them can guarantee 100% protection from any disease. Your health and wellness rely mainly on your genes and lifestyle. And thus, though you may drink green tea every day, you will still need to look after of your health in many other ways such as taking a walk every day, avoiding smoking and avoiding unhealthy diet.
I have been drinking leafy green tea since last three years now. However, so far I have come across many people who are still unaware of the numerous health advantages of this miracle herb of our mother nature. So, I decided to dig up as far as I can and pen down all those reasons that justify why adding green tea into my this year resolutions’ list is the right decision.
Folks, here are the 10 biggest reasons why I added green tea into my new year resolutions.
Reason-1: It helps get rid of belly Tyre
As founded by the researchers of Tufts University in one of their studies, green tea contains EGCG that accelerate fat-burning genes in the abdomen; meaning it will speed up your weight loss process by nearly 77%.
“Catechins in green tea lower cholesterol and blood pressure; also they fight against the damage high-fat cells can cause to your body”, added Christopher Ochner.
The polyphenol chemical found in green tea leaves improves metabolism of your meaning; to those not aware metabolism is the rate at which your body can turn food intake into calories. So guys, does it make sense to replace your sugary drinks with green tea from TODAY?
If you are swapping 1-2 cup of green tea with soda or any sugary drink available out there, you will prevent 50,000 additional calories in a year, which is equal to 15 pounds. For those drinking green tea to cut down fat are recommended to drink it plain, without adding honey or sugar; though you can add ginger or mint!
Reason-2: It helps improve the metabolism of your body
Indeed drinking green tea is the easiest way to boost your metabolism. Green tea extract can increase the metabolism rate by up to 4 percent over 24 hour timespan, says a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. You simply need to drink 3 to 5 cups of green tea every day and leave all worries of fat burning behind.
You need not to always do heavy lifting and perform all those rigorous physical exercises to improve your metabolism. I have got the easiest way – brew my cup of green tea in just 2 minutes, add 2-3 drops of lemon and let the green tea miracle elements inhibit fat absorption!
Reason-3: It helps get shiny and thick hair the most natural way
Try rinse your hair using green tea twice a week, it will add shine and luster to your dull and grey-looking hair. Before you pour green tea onto hair, make sure you have washed hair first. Once sprinkled on hair, let the green tea get absorbed by your hair and scalp for about 10-15 minutes. Then after, you can rinse your hair using warm.
Practicing this method after shampoo-conditioning of your hair will not just make your hair look shiner and thicker, but also prevent it from harmful air pollutants. Green tea has also found to be very helpful in preventing hair fall and dandruff problems. For additional advantages, you can add a few drops of lemon and coconut oil into your green tea recipe.
Want to prepare your green tea hair pack? Google it and you will find many green tea hair pack recipes online! Also, there are many green tea shampoos, hair oil and conditioners available out there worth buying for healthy and lustrous hair!
Reason-4:I helps keep my teeth and gums to remain healthy
A team of scientists researched the impacts of EGCG in green tea against mouth bacteria known as Streptococcus mutans and found that drinking green tea has great inhibitory effects on gums and teeth. The results of the study were also published in the Journal of Applied Oral Science.
Catechin, the antioxidant chemical in green tea, has strong antibacterial effect on harmful mouth bacteria and viruses that can otherwise cause potential dental or oral problems like throat infection and cavities.
Reason-5: It helps to make my immune system stronger
A study reveals that Polyphenols and potent plant antioxidants found in green tea has great positive effects on the immunity agents of your body. So, drinking green tea will help strengthen the immune system and eradicate influenza viruses. This is why I prefer to have at least 2 cup of green tea with lemon every day. I also sometimes add grated ginger and honey for additional health benefits and taste enhancement.
Most of the people avoid drinking green tea due to its bitter taste. However, if you make your cup at below-boiling water and steep only 1-2 teaspoon of leaves for only 5 minutes with a few drops of lemon, you will not taste bitterness anymore.
Reason-6: It helps to remove bad cholesterol from my body
A warm cup of green tea is even good for bad cholesterol, known as ‘LDL’ in medical terms, in your body, revealed in a recent study. The medical research conducted by Xin-Xin Zheng and his from Peking Union Medical College in Beijing, china also found that drinking green tea don’t touch the good cholesterol (HDL), meaning it will lower only bad cholesterol of your body.
Though the effect is small but if you accompany your cholesterol-lowering medicine with a few cups of green tea, it will show up better results faster. In a medical study conducted in Brazil, a group of individuals who took capsules made of green tea extract shown to lower bad cholesterol faster.
Reason-7: It helps my skin get ready to fight aging in its 30’s
Who want to look old? Of course none of us. Well, like me you want to get rid of early wrinkles and skin damage, drink up green tea every day! EGCG in green tea is found 200 times more powerful than Vitamin E to fight free radicals – the skin damaging chemicals that effect other healthy cells of skin and show many signs of aging such as wrinkles. And of course, drinking green tea in your early days will save you many thousands you would have otherwise spent of quite expensive anti-ageing creams!
Reason-8: It made my skin healthier
As published in the journal Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, antioxidants in green tea fights free radicals in skin and show positive effects on skin cells such as protecting skin from UV damage. Free radicals if not dealt with can cause many chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes and arthritis. If you don’t want to drink green tea yet benefit of this healthy-skin-impact of green tea, you can sprinkle green tea on your facial skin or prepare green tea masks.
Reason-9: It helps to prevent sunburns in hot summer days
As said above, the antioxidant rich green tea when come in contact to skin cells help prevent them from sun burns and other skin damage due to harmful UV rays. Particularly in India, summer is a long season and days are too hot. So, this summer you can apply green tea once or twice every day and save your beautiful skin from sunburns. This will also save your skin from harmful pollutants too! Sounds like a combo offer to me J
Reason-10: It helps prevent my skin from acne and pimples
Even a moderate dose of green tea taken twice a day up to 6 weeks by a group of people with some acne or pesky pimple problems showed great results on skin eradicating both pimples and acne, says a study conducted by a University of Miami.
You simply need to prepare a cup of green tea, let it cool down meanwhile you can wash your face if there is makeup done, and then spray green tea all over the face; you can also crush green tea leaves, add a few drops of honey, lemon and mix it all to apply evenly all over the face. Rinse your face softly after 15-20 minutes and see how it magically disappear the pimples and acne!
Reason-11: It helps prevent cancer
Unlike black and oolong tea, green tea doesn’t pass through oxidization process. And this is why it has more antioxidants known as Catechins, which are cancer-fighter – particularly EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate). A research study published in the journal Experimental Cell Research says that EGCG found in green tea helps slow down the growth of breast tumor and can help cure breast cancer.
According to a study published by Cancer Prevention Research in year 2010, EGCG found in green tea helps prevent as well as cure lung cancer by fighting the growth of cancer cells. It can also be helpful in preventing colorectal cancers, revealed in a study published by Oncology Letters in 2012.
A Cancer Science report in 2010 claimed that EGCG in green tea halt prostate cancer cells preventing multiple cancers. Researchers from all around the world are still studying the impact of green tea in killing the growth of cancer cells to come up with some more promising facts.
Many studies conducted by the leading medical institutes and research firms of the world support the claim that people who drink green tea are less vulnerable to cancer or show faster response in cancer treatment than those who don’t incorporate drinking green tea in their daily routine.
Drinking 2-3 cups of green tea every day can help you prevent multiple cancers including breast cancer, prostate cancer, gastric cancer, lung cancer, colorectal cancer, tumor cancer and skin cancer due to severe sunburns. Not to be outdone, green tea also prevent HPV (human papilloma virus) in women; the virus is responsible for the growth of abnormal cells in cervix, called genital warts or cervical cancer.
I wonder how many returns this amazing natural drink has to offer?
Reason-12: It helps me stay energized for the whole day
Do you feel down on energy in the second half of the day? Well, that’s one of the reasons I enjoy drinking green tea every day. EGCG in green tea controls use of insulin in the body and ensure stable blood sugar level, ultimately preventing you from nonstop food cravings and fatigue. Why don’t you get your cup of energy-booster today? You may order it online or on phone at www.arthealth.co.in.
Reason-13: It helps me fight my BP problem the very natural way
High-quality leafy green tea contains good amount of antioxidants, unlike the one available in green tea bags, which helps control BP (blood pressure).
“After 12 weeks of drinking tea, blood pressure was lower by 2.6 mmHg systolic and 2.2 mmHg diastolic. Green tea had the most significant results, while black tea performed the next best…
Reducing systolic blood pressure by 2.6 mmHg ‘would be expected to reduce stroke risk by 8 percent, coronary artery disease mortality by 5 percent and all-cause mortality by 4 percent at a population level…’” – An excerpt from an issue published in Time Magazine
So, does it make sense to swap your black tea or coffee with GREEN TEA now?
Reason-14: It made my digestion system stronger
Use of green tea to aid digestion problem dates back to many hundreds of years to be used in ancient India and China. Today, you can find green tea in leafy form, tea bags and even in extract-based capsules. Many skin-care and beauty products available out there contain a considerable amount of green tea extract for its miracle benefits.
This super-healthy drink is quite rich in antioxidants that function as stimulants and improve your digestion system. It removes all harmful toxic from inside the body and make it healthier. It can also help cure stomach illness like vomiting and diarrhea. With stronger digestive system, your body can function more efficiently in absorbing the needed minerals and clearing the waste out of body.
Reason-15: It will keep my heart healthier
Thanks to high amount of antioxidants and flavonoids, green tea can prevent many heart diseases by lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol, preventing formations of clots in blood, and enhancing the functioning of blood vessels. This super-food beverage is also linked with lower rates of blocked artery.
Those taking 2-3 cups of green tea per day reduce their risk to artery blockages or heart attacks by 46%. If you have already witnessed a heart stroke, drinking 3 cups of green tea every day can help you avoid second heart attack.
Another study conducted amongst 1900 victim of heart attacks recovering at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston also supported the claim that green tea drinkers have lower risk of heart attacks than non-drinkers. An article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2006 also showed positive effects of green tea on cardiovascular diseases.
Reason-16: It will help save me from memory loss (Alzheimer) in my old age
What is good for your heart is good for your brain too! Yes, drinking green tea regularly can save you from Alzheimer, says a recent study that surveyed two group of people of 80 and above in age. Old age people who were drinking about 10 cups of green tea was having no sign of cognitive impairment. Another study in Switzerland reported that green tea prevent plaques which can also cause Alzheimer’s disease.
Reason-17: It will make my brain work smarter
A Netherlands study revealed that L-theanine and caffeine found in green tea can considerably improve the alertness and thinking power of your brain. A research published in the Psychopharmacology journal also support the fact that green tea helps improve drinkers’ working memory and other cognitive functions of the brain.
Reason-18: I have a sweet tooth, so can’t afford to have diabetes!
For people looking for the best tea for diabetes, green tea undoubtedly wins amongst all types of teas available out there. Its unfermented leaves are richer in polyphenols that have proved to increase glucose tolerance and prevent type-2 diabetes.
Reason-19: It helps me get rid of puffy eyes
This is a great way to use the leftover leaves after filtering your green tea cup. You simply need to take those wet green tea leaves in a soft cotton piece of cloth and then place them onto swollen eyes for about 20-25 minutes. It will help to calm down eye tissues and reduce puffiness making them look fresh and beautiful again.
Reason-20: I want to live stress-free and my everyday cup of GREEN TEA helps me do it!
Sipping green tea is more of a relaxing and rejuvenating ritual for me. Theanine found in green tea help you feel calmed and relaxed. Moreover, compared to other drinks, green tea has lower amount of caffeine so you can have 5-6 cups a day to get rid of psychological stress.
As found in a study conducted by Japan’s Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, EGCG chemical in green tea has considerable hypnotic effects that lower production of stress chemical in the body. Another study conducted in China also claimed that green tea drinks showed 46%-65% lower risk of hypertension compared to non-drinkers of green tea.
So, why don’t you order your cup of green tea online at www.arthealth.co.in and stay relaxed every moment, every day!
Reason-21: I want to live long staying healthier and happier
From skin acne to diabetes and deadly cancer, the miracle herb green tea can help you prevent many disease. There won’t be hype if I say green tea is a superfood source. Catechins found in green tea are even more powerful than Vitamin C and E for its disease-fighting potential. Studies have also found positive effects of green tea on lung, skin, bladder, breast, ovarian, stomach and colorectal. According to researchers, you drink between 2-10 cups of green tea a day!
However, this isn’t all folks! Green tea gas plenty of more health benefits. Continue reading.
It help prevent urinary infection
Sipping 2-3 cups of this tea can prevent urinary tract infection. The antioxidants found in the tea can lower bladder inflammation.
It can help cure arthritis
Looking for a natural remedy to reduce pains and aches in arthritis? Green tea is the answer. The tea has a chemical known as ‘quercetin’ which is a powerful antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory substance. According to the researchers of the Case Western Reserve University, drinking 4 cups of green tea will help lower risk of arthritis; it will also prove to be a great ailing element for those under arthritis treatment.
It aids in asthma treatment
The antioxidant in this natural tea can take out inflammatory substances from mast cells, which can product allergic responses into body. Sip 2 cups of the tea every day and you can keep the risk of asthma away! Also, if you are struggling with some allergies already, drinking green tea will help you relieve them.
IT TASTES GOOD
Since I started drinking it for the first time four years back, my love of green tea is increasing at a constant pace. And it tastes good to me, though I often have it with a few drops of lemon only. But those who want to add some more flavors to this healthy drink can try iced green tea or add ginger, honey and mint.
Things Worth Knowing
Now hope you are not confused with green tea, black tea and oolong tea. The first one is not fermented at all and thus is richest in antioxidants while lowest in caffeine. The second is partially fermented and green tea is fully fermented.
The leaf bud, stem and the leaf itself is extremely useful part of green tea. In order to prepare this tea, the leaves are steamed and rolled at high temperature such that the leaves contain the standard level of polyphenols into it.
Numerous studies have conducted to explore health and wellness benefits of green tea, at the same time proving little to no side effects of the drink. Nutrition value of tea bags is lesser than the leafy tea pouches. So, make your choice wisely!
How to brew it up the perfect way
Never allowed the water to get extremely boiled. You can keep boiling it up to normal teakettle temperature. Then turn off the stove and add 1-2 teaspoons of green tea leaves into boiled water. Remember that adding green tea into boiling water without turning off the stove can harm the Catechins, antioxidants into the tea.
Close the utensil to allow the leaves to steep well for up to 5 minutes so as to bring out its antioxidants. Filter the tea into your cup, add a few drops of lemon and honey if need to, and your healthy cup of green tea is ready!
Green tea lovers like me can also try various green tea receipes as well. Just Google it and you will find many. And you may also follow the green tea blog at ARTHealth.
Green tea culture in India is blossoming. When are you starting drinking green tea?