Friday, 3 August 2012


Green Tea
Green Tea (Photo credit: bkajino)
Green Tea has been in existence for 4,000 years and is mainly consumed in China, India, Japan and Thailand.  

It has been used as a medicine in China and India to treat everything from headaches to depression.

Scientific research in both Asia and the west is giving solid evidence for the health benefits  of drinking Green Tea.  In 1994, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study which indicated that drinking Green Tea actually reduces the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by almost 60%.

Furthermore, researchers in the University of Prudue has found that a compound in Green Tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells.  It has been indicated that drinking Green Tea may also lower the total cholesterol levels, improve the ration of good (HLD) cholesterol versus bad (LDL) cholesterol.

Drinking green tea is reputed to be helpful for these medical conditions:
  • Cancer
    tea tin
    tea tin (Photo credit: Mags)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • High Cholesterol Levels
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Infection
Healthy women who drink Green Tea regularly were less likely to develop bladder cancer .
Women who suffer from cancer experience the least spread of cancer when they regularly consume Green Tea.

What is the Green Tea Secret?

green tea
green tea (Photo credit: vordichtung)
Green Tea is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG.  EGCG acts as a powerful anti-oxidant. Not only that it is able to inhibit the growth of cancer cells, it can also destroy cancer cells without harming healthy tissues.  It can also inhibit the abnormal formation of blood clots.  

Consuming Green Tea regularly may prevent thrombosis which is the formation of abnormal blood clots which is also the leading cause of heart attacks and strokes.

Effects of drinking green tea has been link to the "French Paradox."  For many years, researchers were confounded by the fact that, despite eating fatty foods, the French have a lower incidence of heart disease than Americans.  The answer lies in the fact that the French accompany their meals with a glass of red wine which contains resveratrol, a polyphenol that limits the negative effects of smoking and a fatty diet. 

In a 1977 study, researchers from the University of Kansas confirmed that EGCG is twice as powerful a resveratrol.  This may explain why the rate of heart disease among Japanese men is relatively low, even though an estimated 75% are smokers.

Comparison of other Chinese Teas

Red, black and green tea
Red, black and green tea (Photo credit: mat.teo)
All other Chinese teas such as Green, Oolong, and Black Teas come from the leaves of the Camelia sinensis plant.  However, what sets Green Tea apart is the method of process. 

The leaves are steamed, preventing the EGCG compound from be oxidized. In comparison, Black and Oolong Tea leaves are made from fermenting the leaves, which results in the EGCG becoming less effective in preventing and combating various diseases.

More Benefits of Green Tea

Green Tea is helpful for people who wish to lose weight.  A study done at the University of  Geneva in Switzerland showed that men who were given a combination of caffeine and Green Tea extract burned more calories than those given only caffeine or a placebo. Catechins in the extract is a potent metabolic booster.

Did you know that Green Tea can also prevent tooth decay?  The anti-bacterial properties can prevent food poisoning and also kill the bacteria that caused tooth decay and cavities.

Side Effects

Until now, the only negative side effect reported from drinking Green Tea is insomnia due to the fact it contains caffeine.  However, Green Tea has lesser caffeine than coffee. 6 to 8 ounces of Green Tea contains approximately 30 to 60 mg of caffeine.  Where as 8 ounces of coffee has a whooping 100 mg of caffeine.

As Green Tea extracts may stimulate genes that causes cells to be less sensitive to chemotherapy drugs, it should not be taken while under chemo treatment.

Tea Time
Tea Time (Photo credit: Maia C)

My next topic for discussion is, "Green Tea Homemade Beauty Remedies."

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