Green tea is produced by steaming fresh leaves, which results in a higher content of polyphenols like EGCG, which is a flavonol. Green tea is known to provide 10-40mg of polyphenols. Green tea also has antioxidant activity greater than a serving of spinach, broccoli, carrots or strawberries. Studies show green tea contains antioxidants, polyphenols, theanine, as well as a wide variety of vitamins and mineral. Due to all these properties, green tea benefits your body greatly.
So what are the benefits of drinking green tea?
Green Tea Restricts Blood Cholesterol
There are two types of cholesterol, one is “bad” cholesterol (LDL), and the other is good cholesterol (HDL). A heavy accumulation of LDL in tissues can lead to atherosclerosis. HDL prevents accumulation of excessive “bad” cholesterol. It is suggested that catechin in green tea restricts the excessive build up of cholesterol.
Green Tea Controls High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure puts an enormous burden on the vascular system and is known to cause heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. Green tea is known for lowering blood pressure.
Green Tea Lowers Blood Sugar
Green tea has the capability of lowering blood sugar levels. Green tea given to diabetes patients caused a decrease in blood glucose levels.
Green Tea Suppresses Ageing
Oxygen plays a key role in metabolism, but can also be an unhealthful agent. As a free radical, oxygen in the body can corrode cell membranes, which will damage the DNA and the fats. This then leads to diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Lipid peroxide created by fats combined with oxygen tends to build up in the body and create ageing. Green tea is rich in vitamin E and C which promises longer life.
Green Tea Refreshes the Body
Green tea can stimulate the skeletal muscles and smooth the progress of muscular contractions. It also helps to clear the mind.
Green Tea Prevents Food Poisoning and Fights Viruses
Green tea is a powerful sterilising tool for all sorts of bacteria that can lead to food poisoning. The catechin and theaflavin found in green tea is believed to have a strong effect on the flu virus.
Green Tea Helps You Lose Weight
The EGCG found in green tea has the ability to increase the body’s heat production, which therefore increases metabolism.