Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Green Tea – The Magic Shrub: Benefits of Green Tea

Also known as virgin or tea unfermented tea, green tea is made from the leaves of Camelia sinensis. Black tea is different from that due process requires getting off the natural process of fermentation. Immediately after harvesting, leaves are steam, dry run. The drying preserves vitamins (A, B, E and C) and minerals (iron, calcium, phosphorus and potassium)

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Green Tea - The Magic Shrub: Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea also contains: essential oils, TEIN, catechici tannin, flavonoids (quercetin, quercitrina), amino teaflavina, tearubigina, proteins, alkaloids (theobromine, theophylline, dimetilxantina, xanthine, adenine).
There is a legend about how green tea first became a drink: A Chinese emperor was drinking hot water when some leaves dropped into his cup. He quickly become fond of the drink and its popularity spread. Those leaves were from a tea shrub, and he is reputed to be the first imbiber of green tea. The only drink more popular in the world today than green tea and its brown cousins is water.

In the last couple of decades many of the powers of green tea have turned out to have scientific merit. Among these, the most significant are the polyphenols found in green tea, which are powerful antioxidant chemicals that work to prevent many different kinds of cell damage.


1) Regular consumption of green tea may help guard against heart attacks.
2) 10 ounces of green tea markedly increase your body’s antioxidant powers for a minimum of two hours. This amount of green tea yields the same benefits as 10 ounces of red wine.
3) Green tea helps to lessen indigestion.
4) There is evidence that green tea may help obese people to burn off more fat calories.
5) Green tea contains an antioxidant called EGCG, which attacks cancer cells.
6) Preliminary research indicates that green tea may also help to prevent stomach, skin, and breast cancer.
7) Drinking green tea regularly has long been associated with a longer life.
8) Green tea helps to prevent arthritis, and those who already have arthritis find that green tea is effective in reducing inflammation.
9) Capsules of green tea have a more powerful antioxidant effect than green tea taken as a liquid.
10) Green tea extracts used in shampoos and skin creams have not been shown to provide tangible health benefits.

Green tea does not appear to interact negatively with any medications. It also appears that high levels of green tea consumption do not bring on any negative effects. When green tea does have an unpleasant impact, however, it is usually because of the caffeine contained in it. A simple solution is to purchase decaffeinated green tea. Green tea supplements are also lower in caffeine than the regular brewed green tea.

One caution in terms of effectiveness is not to boil green tea, as this destroys its powerful attributes. There are no clear dietary guidelines for green tea. It is, however, thought that 3-4 cups of green tea per day provides a full measure of protection against cancer, arthritis, and aging. As a supplement up to 250 mg of green tea is recommended as a twice-daily dosage to get the full anti-aging benefits


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