The Power of Herbal Teas Unleashed...
Part 1 "Everyday Use"
Top Health Benefits of Green Tea
Green tea is known to be a very nutritious beverage. The Chinese people recognized its benefits as early as 4,000 years back. It has been used for thousands of years in China as a natural medicine for the cure of depression, headaches and other problems. Scientific herbalism studies in the recent years have documented many of its health benefits for people who consume it, which include the following:
Cures blood clot issues
This tea is packed in polyphenol, a type of antioxidant. Antioxidants can remove the free radicals in the body that can lead to blood clots, which can result in thrombosis, as well as the formation of plaques on the inner arterial walls that can cause cardiovascular problems.
Lowering LDL levels
The consumption of Green Tea also lowers the level of LDL or bad cholesterol. It can be effective in reducing the level of bad cholesterol or LDL, as well as raising the level of good cholesterol or HDL. It improves the good – bad cholesterol ratio, an essential predictor for cardiac disease onset.
Improves natural immunity
A recent study has found out that green tea of high quality is 25 to 100 times more capable in improving the immune system, as compared to Vitamin E or C. Its ability to build the immune system makes it ideal for combating aging process, and improves the health of gums, liver function, brain function and digestion. Some other health benefits include preventing poisoning of foods due to anti-bacterial properties, reducing dental plaques and fighting rheumatoid arthritis.
Green tea is known for its anti-cancerous properties. An epidemiological study was published in 1994 by the National Cancer Institute, which showed that oesophageal cancer risks reduced by a staggering 60% in people who drank green tea regularly. A study by The University of Purdue showed that the consumption of green tea reduces the growth of cancer cells. It is due to the presence of catechin polyphenols, EGCG in particular, that this tea is able to prevent cancer cell growth as well as selectively eliminate cancer cells without causing damage to healthy neighboring cells.
Reduces bruising tendency
This herbal tea is rich in the plant pigments known as Flavonoids, which can be found in most of the fresh vegetables and fruits today. A deficiency of Flavonoids is known to lead to easy bruising. Thus, with regular drinking of this tea, tendency to bruise easily can be avoided.
Green tea for type 2 diabetes
Studies concerning the relationship between green tea and diabetes have been inconsistent. Some have shown a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes for green tea drinkers than for those who consumed no tea, while other studies have found no association between tea consumption and diabetes at all.
Working memory and the effects of green tea
Research published in the journal Psychopharmacology suggests that green tea can enhance our brain's cognitive functions, particularly the working memory.
The research team said their findings suggest that green tea could be promising in the treatment of cognitive impairments associated with neuropsychiatric disorders, such as dementia.
Green tea and Alzheimer's
In a study published in 2011, researchers tested the effect of a component of green tea, CAGTE (or "colon available" green tea extract), after it had been digested, to see how it affected a key protein in Alzheimer's disease.
Nutritional breakdown of green tea
Unsweetened brewed green tea is a zero calorie beverage. The caffeine contained in a cup of tea can vary according to the length of infusing time and the amount of tea infused. In general, green tea contains a relatively small amount of caffeine (approximately 20-45 milligrams per 8 ounce cup), compared with black tea, which contains about 50 milligrams and coffee with 95 milligrams per cup.
Helps Protect Heart Health
A great deal of evidence from randomized controlled trials suggests that consumption of flavan-3-ols and anthocyanidin antioxidants, the types found in green tea, is beneficial for metabolic and cardiovascular health.
Weight Loss. Green tea increases the metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.