Green Tea Benefits
I have been noticing a huge stir about a product which has been
around for thousands of years. It is commonly served in Chinese
restaurants. It seems green tea has hit the scene not only as an
aid toward fat loss but some of the young bodybuilders today are
using this as an aid toward their physique goals. With the ever
quest for better health done naturally, people are discovering many
of the ancient foods and drink are filled with beneficial properties
that improve the human health and help ward off big diseases.
Green Tea does have caffeine which would explain the thermogenic
effects and aid toward fat loss since it will bring your core temperature
up increasing the metabolism slightly as well. It seems scientists
are now finding in studies that it helps prevent and maybe even
treat many diseases and cancers (some hormonal cancers as well such
as ovarian, breast and prostate), cardiovascular disease, high blood
pressure and cholesterol. Even arthritis can be helped through its
anti inflammatory properties yet is non toxic even in higher amount
over long terms. Green tea seems to be helpful to the joints so
for those with joint problems it is a great beverage to include
in your diet.
As an antioxidant Green Tea is good for the kidneys and the immune
system. It has been shown to help fight colds and flu's by helping
to strengthen your immunity through its phytochemicals. All teas
contain the potent antioxidants known as polyphenols, but green
tea contains the most potent forms and this property is not damaged
in its processes.
Green Tea naturally produces fluoride which is a side bonus for
your teeth and much easier to deal with than having it shoved in
your mouth and held there while the dentist counts down and tells
you not to swallow!
Keep your eyes out for ice green teas and green teas used in your
favorite drinks sold at coffee shops and corner stores. Green Tea
ice cream commonly served in Japanese restaurants and gelato joints
is tasty and may carry its properties on through this ice form although
I have not read any studies yet on the frozen version.
There are several types of green tea classified by how they are
processed, dried or served and are widely enjoyed in Asia by blending
them and flavoring them. Green Tea is unfermented which means its
properties are not destroyed.
One of the more humorous uses of green tea is for treating flatulence.
This tea is widely used in Asia more for its aroma and flavors,
its ability to blend rather than for its health benefits. The origins
of this tea are East Asia and can grow as a big shrubby tree. You
can now find this plant throughout most of Asia, Africa and Mid
The plant which gives us its leaves to make this drink is called
the Camellia Sinensis plant; the leaves are harvested and used toward
the finished product. Next time you are looking for a nice hot drink
or a refreshing cold drink try green tea and do your body good at
the same time!