In ancient China, the wonders of green tea have long been known. It is, however, only in recent times that the other parts of the globe are discovering the immense potential of this tea.
Green tea is derived from the leaves of Camellia Sinensis after undergoing some special processes to get its extracts. Unlike black tea, it has lower caffeine content thereby not enhancing insomnia, headaches and repeated urination.
Here is a list of the benefits of green tea, which may help you when you are looking for a natural alternative to preventing and treating certain forms of diseases.
- Green tea is believed to benefit, even cure multiple sclerosis.
- A number of studies have shown its potential to prevent and treat cancer. In fact a number of patients are currently using green tea for this purpose.
- A 2002 study on green tea drinkers who have an average habitual consumption of 434 ml/day of tea for more than 10 years had shown a lower quantity of total body fat, slimmer waist line, and reduced waist-to-hip proportion. This has been buttressed by a number of studies in China and Japan that revealed that the use of green tea lowered body fat and body weight.
- It is used to treat Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.
- It is used to raise metabolism and increase fat oxidation.
- In two separate studies it was found that Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), the green tea catechin responsible for the various benefits of green tea, aids in maintaining oral health by preventing formation of bacteria that creates dental caries, periodontal diseases, halitosis and bad breath. A number of researches revealed that regular intake of green tea may help avert tooth decay by destroying the bacteria that aid in the formation of dental plaque.
- Green tea lowers the chance of developing heart diseases and heart attacks by decreasing the threat of thrombosis.
- It was also found that green tea lowers the risk of esophageal cancer.
- Drinking green tea prevents the formation of some cancer cells, lowers the quantity of cholesterol in blood and enhances the proportion of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
- In several other studies it was discovered that EGCG has antioxidant potential, contains anti-inflammatory effects, prevents vascular smooth muscle development, and hinders vasoconstriction.
- In a study conducted in 2006 and confirmed in later research, it was shown that regular green tea intake is linked with a decrease in stroke and cardiovascular deaths.
- Many other scientific studies have shown the benefits of EGCG in averting diseases and improving a person’s health.
- Although not yet conclusive, preliminary studies have pointed out that EGCG has the potential to improve vitality and endurance.
The benefits of green tea are immense. New and additional benefits will surface with more studies being conducted to test the benefits and uses of this miracle plant extract. If you are experiencing health issues like those identified above, it is best to start using green tea. Its all-natural compounds and wide selection of benefits will make it an ideal drink for everyone concerned about their health.