The Health Benefits of
Herbal Tea Series Part #1
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 ageing 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.