Green tea and it's benefits
Green tea is one of the healthiest beverages in the world. It is rich in anti oxidants which are beneficial to human. Health experts’ claims that green tea have anti- cancer properties. In this fitness conscious world, everyone is obsessed with anti oxidants, as a result green tea is consumed widely by people. Its scientific name is camellia sinensis. Green tea is obtained from unprocessed leaves and is unprocessed type of tea. Green tea was traditionally used as medicines in ancient India and China.
What makes green tea healthy?
Green tea is healthy because of the following reasons:
· Rich in anti-oxidants (catechin) called epigallocatechin-3-gallate.
· Rich in anti-cancer properties
· Helps in fat loss
· Improves brain function
· Reduces the risk of heart disease.
Health benefits of green tea
1. Rich in bio active compounds beneficial to human
Green tea is rich in anti oxidant such as catechin commonly rich in epigallocatechin-3-gallate. This catechin helps to reduce weight, regulates estrogens and many more. It is known to reduce inflammation and prevent various heart and brain diseases. Epigallocatechin -3-gallate increases the effects of nor epinephrine that helps to promote weight loss. Along with it, green tea contains polyphenol which have various medicinal properties. These compounds prevent cell damage and provide various other health benefits. It is also rich in certain minerals helpful for our body. But, low cost green tea products are rich in fluorides which are harmful for the body. You are requested to buy green tea from notable brands to avoid harm to your body.
2. May cure your bad breath
Some researches show that the catechins present in green tea can cure oral problems such as bad breath. But there are not many proofs to back this research.
3. Reduces risks of heart attack
Cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks are one of the leading diseases of the world. But the antioxidants present in green tea can reduce the risks of heart attacks. They regulate the LDL cholesterols and thus help in preventing heart diseases.
4. Helps you lose weight
Green tea is known to boost your metabolic rates thereby reducing your weight. They are known to reduce fats in abdominal area. But, green tea shows effect when physical labor is done or else, drinking green tea won’t reduce weight. Obesity is so common nowadays that tea companies are feeding false information to their consumers. Weight loss is an inclusive process, only green tea cannot help you lose weight. But when paired with workouts, cardio, it shows effect. The ad on television which shamelessly shows that a sip of green tea helps them to reduce weight is a blatant lie. I read an article (nutrition students have to study at least 5 research papers everyday) stating that green tea only works when you walk to the hills to fetch the leaves and this got me.
5. Can help you keep type 2 diabetes at bay
Some studies states that green tea has properties that can improve insulin sensitivity and regulate blood sugar levels. Type 2 diabetes is caused when insulin loses its sensitivity and affects the blood sugar levels. One study shows that people who drank green tea have lower risks of getting type II diabetes.
6. Prevents cancer
National cancer institute states that the polyphenols present in green tea can reduce tumor growth and reduces the risk of harm caused by ultra violet radiations. Enough though not much is known about the mechanism of anti cancer molecules, but it is believed that it prevents cancerous growth of cells which eventually prevents breasts and other type of cancers. But the FDA (food and drug administration) that these claims have no evidences.
7. Green tea prevents anti inflammatory diseases
Green tea is known to reduce inflammation of various body parts such as skin and joints. Recent research on animal skin proves that green tea can reduce skin diseases and cure dandruff.
Many of the researches are not based on proper evidences and this can be very confusing. Apart from the facts I stated above, green tea is low calorie beverage with relatively small amount of caffeine. It contains 20-25 g of caffeine whereas coffee has 90 g. Green tea can be consumed by people who are allergic to caffeine and pregnant women.
I believe everything in this universe has both negative and positive effects. Since we have discussed about the positive effects, let’s learn about the harmful effects of green tea to prevent harm to our body. Green tea causes headaches to some people. Also, the high amount of fluorides present in cheap green tea brands can be harmful to our body. Everything is adequate amount is helpful for us, but when consumed in larger amounts, these can do more harm than good.