Learn About Tea
The Benefits of Drinking Green Tea -
Green tea is a great source of antioxidants and like fruit and vegetables, can help you maintain your health as part of a balanced diet and healthy, active lifestyle.
Fermentation is blocked in the preparation of green tea which means all the natural goodness of the fresh green tea leaf is preserved. The fresh Green tea leaf is rich in healthy nutrients, Polyphenols, Theanine as well as a wide variety of vitamins and minerals which all aid it’s antioxidant properties of green tea.
Modern western science has discovered so much more… Most of the modern research has focused on the antioxidant properties of green tea and, in particular, on Catechins which are a very powerful antioxidant and appears to be unique to green tea.
This is a family of antioxidants which are often found in healthy foods. Catechins, which are mentioned above, belong to this greater family of antioxidants and are known for being the star performers in the Polyphenol family of antioxidants. They may also target and repair DNA aberrations caused by oxidants which is why green tea is often used in cosmetics and anti-ageing creams.
Catechins are themselves a specific family and the most powerful member of this specific family is EGCG. Green tea contains high levels of EGCG and most research on the health benefits of green tea concentrates on this very special ingredient - The BBC reported on the benefits EGCG (Epigallocatchin Gallate) and ECG (Epicatechin Gallate) found in green tea, which is said can help prevent osteoarthritis by blocking the enzyme that destroys cartilage. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2756635.stm
Green Tea and Theanine -
Green tea is a natural source of a wonderful amino acid called theanine. Studies on the effects of theanine suggest that although it creates a lovely warm feeling of relaxation, it does not shut down the brain, instead it allows you to be relaxed and calm, yet alert and aware at the same time. Theanine is available in supplement form and many people take it for its sought after qualities, however when you drink green tea, the theanine passes through the blood-brain barrier and affects the brain directly - which heightens the effects.
There has been a lot of research done on green tea over the last 30 years, but it is only now that the real contribution of green tea to health is beginning to be fully understood.
There are hundreds of articles online boasting the effects of this magical green liquid. Research published in the journal of Chemical Research in Toxicology has shown that green tea may give protection from cancer as reported on the BBC in August 2003. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3125469.stm
Tea for Teeth -
Due to the natural phytochemical presented in plants, green tea can significantly reduce streptococcus mutans cologne counts! Therefor its especially helpful at preventing tooth decay and bacterial plaque. Green Tea polyphenols work as anti-plaque agents but greatly surpassing glucosyl transferase… Green tea even has advantages over standard chlorehexidine mouthwash. These fantastic results were discovered in a 2014 study of dentists, and green tea was declared to be equally effective! Study link >>>
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If you’re trying to limit your caffeine intake, here’s a useful tip:
Caffeine is highly soluble, so when you prepare your cup of tea, pour just a small amount of hot water over the tea bag, swirl it around, then discard the water as caffeine will be one of the first compounds released. Re-brew with fresh water and you have a very low caffeine cuppa!
We all know that it is vital to drink enough fluids as not drinking enough can lead to dehydration – this can cause tiredness, weakness, headaches, constipation and may even harm your kidneys. Many of us force ourselves to drink the recommended 8 cups of water a day, not realising that tea, like water, is hydrating and can count towards your daily fluid intake target. Green tea has no calories and typically has around a quarter the level of caffeine compared to coffee.
The ancient Chinese recognised tea’s important pharmacological properties and described them in terms of energising the body and contributing to a feeling of well being.
Diuretic properties which detox and cleanse the body. It is an aid to digestion and an ideal after dinner drink.