Green Tea has taken the world by storm, in the last few decades, surpassing its place in mere traditional medicine to becoming one of the most popular beverages. The curative properties of green tea are many, and for this reason, even those who weren’t avid tea drinkers before, have turned to this magical potion of a brew.
What is Green Tea?
Green tea, like all other varieties of true teas, comes from the emerald leaves of the evergreen shrub known as Camellia Sinensis. It is the production process that makes the difference in the colour, taste and health benefits of it. Unlike black tea, green tea does not go through fermentation, and thus retains all of its antioxidants. The pan fried and heated leaves give the green tea its famous shade of green and the unique light taste.
How to Prepare a Cup of Green Tea:
Pour hot water over a Zesta green tea bag, and brew it for about 1-2 minutes to get the perfect cuppa. You could opt to steep it for longer, if you want it to be more potent. The addition of honey, cinnamon, lemon or ginger could elevate the taste as well as the health benefits of it.
Green Tea Promotes Heart Health:
Antioxidants such as anthocyanidin found in green tea are found to be beneficial to cardiovascular health. Green tea could also prevent the occurrence of risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure or unhealthy cholesterol levels, because it contains beta blocking. It also has certain properties that increase the amount of blood pumped by your heart, all the while decreasing the blood pressure. It also protects LDL particles from oxidation. Ardent green tea drinkers have been reported to have less chance of developing cardiovascular diseases and strokes, which is all the more reason you should make a habit of sipping a cuppa while you go about your day.
Green Tea Improves Brain Function and Memory:
Green tea contains less caffeine than coffee and black tea. Therefore, it could keep you alert and awake, while avoiding the jittery irritability and restlessness associated with highly caffeinated drinks. The caffeine in green tea is a known stimulant and helps improve your mood while also making more vigilant. L-theanine found in high amounts in green tea is the perfect complement to the caffeine, since it ensures the smooth functioning of the activities where memory is concerned. It also increases the dopamine levels in the brain, providing a calm sense of mind that is free from anxious and stressful thoughts. The synergistic effects of caffeine and L-theanine make this brew the ideal study aid. In the long run, the daily consumption of green tea could also reduce risks of memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease.
Green Tea Helps Prevent Diabetes:
Green tea is known to make reductions in blood sugar levels, especially those that cause Type 2 Diabetes. The anthocyanidins in green tea can improve glycaemic control, reduce insulin resistance and normalise blood sugar levels in those affected by this disease. Research has found that green tea drinkers had less of a risk of developing diabetes. Since green tea is generally consumed without sugar, and contains no sugar on its own, switching to this would be a healthier choice that could change your life for the better.
Green Tea Increases Metabolism:
The fact that green tea helps lose weight, and fight obesity is quite possibly the main reason as to why so many people around the world have made a habit of drinking it. Catechin and EGCG found in green tea can increase metabolism, all the while making you feel satiated with a small portion of food, by decreasing your appetite. So, not only does green tea assist in weight loss, but it also prevents weight gain. While catechin breaks down excess fat, the caffeine in green tea increases energy consumption, which also speeds the weight loss process along. 2-3 cups of green tea a day could aid in your weight loss, so long as a balanced diet and ample exercise is followed through.
Green Tea Promotes Skin Care and Hair Condition:
Dandruff which is caused by dry skin on your scalp, is both a skin and a hair issue, since it doesn’t just cause poor hair conditions, but is also a major reason for acne. Green tea could reduce dandruff, and promote strong hair growth as well. Consumption of green tea could also reduce the level of free radical damage, which causes early ageing. It tightens the skin, clears out blemishes and reduces wrinkles and fine lines. The rejuvenating properties in green tea could speed the reproduction process of cells, and give you lighter skin and a youthful appearance. Keeping green tea bags on your eyes could reduce puffiness, redness as well as under eye bags.
Green Tea Protects You Against The Development Of Cancerous Cells:
It is commonly accepted that prevention is better than cure, and green tea, in this case could help your body fight against the development of cancerous cells. Antioxidants in green tea reduce the risk of cancers such as breast, colorectal and prostate. It has also been found that those who consume green tea regularly can ward off cancerous cells.
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