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The Health Benefits of Green Tea

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Teas have several health benefits. | Public Domain Image

Have you noticed that drinking green tea is becoming more and more popular? Many health sites are promoting the benefits of drinking more tea and less coffee. This drink is a pretty wonderful: It tastes great, there are lots of varieties available and many cultures have been drinking tea for centuries. Just look at how much of it people in countries such as China, Japan, India and Europe drink. This trend is now spilling over into North America.

Green tea has been around for a very long time and is one of the best teas that you can drink for your health. It is known for helping your body eliminate free radicals. It is great for weight loss and contains anti-aging properties.

Most of the health benefits of green tea come from EGCG, Epigallocatechin Gallate, which is a very powerful and natural antioxidant. As you may know antioxidants work to remove all kinds of harmful radicals from your body — those which can damage your cells, cause cancer and reduce your lifespan. Free radicals are also connected to the aging process which is why it can be slowed down by drinking green tea. Another benefit of EGCG is that it helps to speed up your metabolism so that it is easier for you to lose weight. Plus drinking lots of this type of tea just makes you feel better overall.

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Green tea is good for weight loss and anti-aging. | Public Domain Image

Green tea does contain caffeine, but not as much as coffee does. It also contains an important amino acid L-theanine, which is able to cross the blood-brain barrier. This is important as L-theanine helps to increase activities in your brain which can help to reduce anxiety. So drinking more green tea when you are feeling stressed out is a good thing.

All tea comes from the same plants — green, black and Oolong. The difference between black and green tea is the process that it goes through. Green tea does not go through a fermentation process — this process removes the EGCG — which is why it retains its health benefits.

Green tea can also help you fight tooth decay, fight off all kinds of bacteria and infections. Studies have shown that green tea is great at repairing your immune system and helps with preventing heart disease and other illnesses. It can be helpful at reducing your chances of developing breast and/or prostate cancer. The studies that were conducted looked at Japanese people who drank at least 5 cups of green tea per day.

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Tea plays a major role in many cultures around the world. | Public Domain Image

Drinking black tea has its benefits, too, including helping you to reduce bad cholesterol and healing blood cells. Plus it helps to keep your heart healthy. The major difference between green and black tea is the amount of antioxidants it contains. Green tea is highest on the list, with black and Oolong teas coming in next.

If you don’t like the taste of green tea you may want to try a variety that includes some mint in it. Always look for teas that are natural and contain no hidden chemicals. It really is worth your while, and your health, to drink several cups of green tea each day. Try switching it out for your morning coffee. You may not miss it as much as you think and you might realize that you just want something warm to drink each morning.

Remember that the health benefits of tea are numerous and it is definitely something that you should be including in your diet regularly.

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About the author

Carma Spence has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was four years old and loves trying out new recipe ideas. She is the author of Bonkers for Bundt Cakes and Your Perfect Pie, as well as author and contributor to several more non-food-related books. With Carma's Cookery, she is taking her passion for empowering people and blending it with her passion for cooking, gift-giving and entertaining.

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