A lot of natures gifts consisting out of certain plants and plant parts eg. Fruits, stems, leaves, roots, etc. contain the secrets of living a healthy life and possibly getting to the age of Moses (not really but you get the point). Most of these plant parts are today, worked into a convenient tablet or some other “easy consumable” format, others are just passed on from generation to generation and are still used in the good old fashioned plant format, either way, these little miracle remedies have survived centuries for good reason. Today I am going to take a closer look at Green Tea.
The health benefits which I will elaborate on shortly can be broadly categorized as Antioxidant, Anti Inflammatory, Anti Radiation and Anti-carcinogen (A carcinogen is any substance, radionuclide, or radiation that is an agent directly involved in causing cancer) as well as Weight Loss and all the advantages associated with weight loss.
According to Wikipedia the science behind the facts is as follows; The cardinal antioxidative ingredient in the green tea extract is green tea catechins (GTC), which comprise four major epicatechin derivatives; namely, epicatechin (EC),epigallocatechin (EGC), epicatechin gallate (ECG), and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)
As an Anti-oxidant, Green tea is said to be twenty times more effective as an anti oxidant as Vitamin C and E. This is because of the high amounts of (EGCG) that it contains.
The weight loss and fat burning properties of Green Tea can be attributed to a couple of factors. The caffeine in Green tea increases the bodies basal metabolic rate (the rate at which your body burns fat and carbs to perform normal body function eg. Breathing, walking, talking maintaining body temperature, pumping blood etc). The raised metabolic rate is also responsible for speeding up fat oxidation and improves insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance. This basically means you will burn more calories doing day to day things and use the right stuff (fat and carbs) to do it with. Caffeine consumption is also associated with the benefits of Parkinson’s disease and increase in short term memory. Green tea can also give you the energy you need to perform better when training especially if you are feeling tired and drained as it able to improve your fat metabolism. This is extremely helpful especially when it comes to long-distance and endurance training.
Lipton Institute of Tea suggests that one cup of tea can improve blood vessel reactivity and also reduce both blood pressure and arterial stiffness which at the end of the day will improve your over all cardiovascular health and also helps to fight obesity and lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.
The Anti Inflammatory benefits are due to the tea’s high quantities of EGCG. EGCG is directly responsible for inhibiting a specific gene called “interleukin-8” or “IL-8 that causes inflammation. In conjunction with this Green tea can also act as a natural antibiotic due to its ability to disrupt the DNA replication process of the bacteria.
Studies has shown that Green Tea can inhibit the reproduction of cancer cells. I unfortunately don’t know too much about this subject but the studies are very impressive and Green Tea is widely used as a prevention and natural help (some say cure) for this destructive disease.
Last but not least, Green tea naturally fights bad breath by inhibiting the growth of bacteria it also contains large amounts of fluoride and can be used as additional oral care.
Green tea should be taken without milk, casein from milk binds to EGCG and may prevent the full advantages of the EGCG.
Green tea should be brewed at a temperature of about 80 to 85 °C and the higher the quality of the tea the lower the temperature should be. When you brew Green Tea with very warm water it will produce a bitter taste. At the end of the day its all up to how you prefer to drink your tea.
I started drinking green tea from a very early age and find it absolutely delicious, if you are a first time green tea drinker I am sure you are very likely to disagree. I strongly advise to drink green tea starting with one cup a day for a week and work your way up to 2 to 3 cups a day. You will become accustomed to the taste and start loving it! I am willing to put money on it 😉