The Benefits Of Green Tea, Simply Amazing
The benefits of green tea are amazing. I can’t get enough of it. I love the taste and have seen the benefits of green tea for myself.
History of Green Tea
Green tea originated in China and was first used over 4000 years ago. With its amazing medicinal benefits, green tea became a staple drink for the Chinese and has since traveled all over the world to be enjoyed by all.
What’s the secret to this powerful tea? It comes from the Camellia Sinensis leaves and goes through little oxidation compared to black and red teas. The leaves are steamed which keeps the EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) compound (the ingredient with green tea’s beneficial properties) from being oxidized. With EGCG, this powerful anti-oxidant intact we can enjoy all its healing properties which includes:
• Prevention of diseases
• Inhibiting growth of cancer cells
• Reducing bladder, colon, esophageal, pancreas, rectum, and stomach cancers by 60%
• Lowering bad cholesterol aka LDL and improving good cholesterol aka HDL
• Stopping unnatural formation of blood clots that could lead to thrombosis the leading cause of strokes and heart attacks
• Reducing high blood pressure
• Lowering blood sugar
• Protecting against liver toxins like alcohol
• Destroying free radicals that cause aging, we all know we want to do all we can to keep our youthful glow
• Fighting bad breath
• Preventing tooth decay
More and more skin products from deodorants to creams contain green tea.
Green Tea and Fat Burning
Taking 3 cups of green tea a day or green tea capsules has shown to increase fat burning without increasing heart rate. Much better than diet pills.
It suppresses glucose production which is beneficial for those with diabetes and a factor in fat burning.
Decaffeinated Green Tea vs. Caffeinated Green Tea
Flavanoids and anti oxidants are lost in the decaffeination process but it is still a healthy drink to have. If you drink decaffeinated green tea you will have to drink a few more cups a day. The flavor of the tea is also affected because half the catechins responsible for green tea’s flavor is lost in the decaffeination process.
Green Matcha Tea
If you think green tea is great then try green matcha tea. It has 200 times more EGCG. This is because the whole leaf is used in the infusion. Since matcha is powdered it’s great to use in desert recipes, to make green tea ice cream, one of my favorite deserts
Brewing Green Tea
My favorite green tea is loose leaf green tea. Once I had a taste, it was hard for me to go back to tea bags. My Chinese friends told me not to pour boiling water over green tea. The water should just be hot. If taste is what you’re going for then don’t steep the leaves too long. However when you use boiling water and steep the leaves longer you more poly phenols which are the antioxidants in green tea. You can use a pot but in China people often put the leaves in their cup and pour the right temperature water over it. Green tea can be infused about four times, just don’t empty your cup or pot completely between brews and leave a little water over the leaves to strengthen the brew.
Now you know all about green tea, go make yourself a cup and enjoy the benefits of green tea!
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