Green tea comes from China, whose people have been familiar with it since ancient times. It was a belief incorporated in traditional medicine that green tea treats almost all diseases – from headache, to tooth pain and all the way to mental illnesses, say depression. The healing effect of green tea has been scientifically proven, so it is advisable to drink as much of it as possible.
The Secret of Green Tea
Green tea contains over 300 ingredients and it is their specific combination that gives good results concerning your health. Green tea is rich in polyphenols, especially EGCG, which is a powerful antioxidant. Green tea also contains caffeine, which stimulates digestion. The amount of caffeine in green tea is lower than in coffee, which is good because you can drink tea several times a day without risking excessive caffeine intake. Here are the properties of green tea that earned it the title of “the tea for healthy weight loss“:
- strengthening the heart and the vascular system
- reduction of bad (LDL) cholesterol
- accelerating metabolism
- regulating blood sugar levels
- giving the feeling of fullness without excess calories
Many well-known diets recommend green tea, such as Atkinson Diet, The Zone Diet and many more…
Other healing properties of green tea are:
- it slows down the progression of cancer, and can also act preventively (one study of women has shown that those who drank tea were less likely to develop breast cancer than those who did not)
- it enhances cognitive abilities and learning abilities and is considered to be “the guardian of the brain“; it can also prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease
- it strengthens the immune system
- it prevents the appearance of dental caries
- it is good for the skin, it reduces the number of acne
One study has shown that it is good to drink green tea prior to physical activity because it stimulates the burning of extra calories. What is important to add is that green tea has no side effects. The only reported side effect is insomnia, which occurs only if tea is consumed shortly before going to sleep.
Ancient Chinese Proverb: Better three days without food than one day without tea
How to Brew Green Tea?
Brewing is important because if it is carried out poorly, the beneficial properties of tea can be lost. Never put a tea bag into boiling water. Boiling water will engulf the properties of the tea. The water should be at a temperature of about 75 °C. Also, do not hold the tea bag in the water for too long. This will not do harm to the healing properties, but it will make the taste bitter. Two to three minutes is enough.
- use one teabag (2 to 4 grams) per cup
- bring the water to a boil
- since it is not recommended to put the bag into boiling water, wait 3 minutes for the water to cool or just add some cold water
- insert the tea bag and leave it in the water for 2 to 3 minutes
- take the tea bag out, add lemon and honey if desired (in no case should you add a lot of sugar – green tea is not ment to be too sweet)
Green tea is served as a hot beverage or as ice tea. Ice tea is especially fit for the middle of summer. When making ice tea, brew a large amount of tea and store it in the refrigerator. It can be served with ice and a peppermint leaf to spice up its look.
Recommended Daily Intake of Green Tea
There are no limits as to how much green tea you can drink. A study has shown that men who drank 10 cups of tea a day (about 300 mg of polyphenols) got cancer three years later than men who did not drink green tea.
The intake of green tea is a matter of individual choice. It is good to drink green tea after meals because it accelerates and enhances digestion. It is also good to drink it in the morning instead of coffee, and before physical activity. You will do a good job by making sure you take at least one cup of this drink every day.
The Difference Between Green and Black Tea
Both teas are made from tea plant (tea tree). The difference is in processing – green tea is made from fresh leaves while black tea is made from fermented leaves.
By fermenting, the healing properties of polyphenols are lost, so black tea is not as effective as green tea.
To Conclude, Where to Buy Green Tea?
Green tea can be bought in form of powder or tea bags, and it is available in almost every store worldwide.