Magical Green Tea— Why you should drink it every day.
Green tea has many benefits, and it’s considered by many to be the healthiest drink in the world. While opinions may vary about what truly is the healthiest drink available, there really is no denying that green tea, particularly organic green tea, is an amazing drink with many health benefits.
Asian cultures have been drinking green tea for centuries, and it seems the West has only recently (in the past 50 years) caught onto this this antioxidant powerhouse.
Green tea should be consumed daily for maximum, accumulative benefits. This may seem difficult in the soda and coffee culture we all experience in North America and Europe, but once the habit of drinking unhealthy beverages is replaced with healthy beverages such as green tea, it’s not difficult at all. It becomes second-nature.
Although black tea has many great benefits as well, we favor green tea because there is less processing. Minimal processing means greater health benefits, and a higher antioxidant and ORAC values (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity). It is simply impossible to get too much antioxidant-rich foods in your diet, especially with all of the toxins we encounter on a daily basis, such as chemicals in our foods, pollution, high stress levels, radiation, and so forth.
Always buy organic green tea if available. The cost is about 35% more on average, but the antioxidant levels in organic green tea is a lot higher than in non-organic tea.
Read the article below to learn how and why green tea is good for you.
How Is Green Tea Good For You?
Tea is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots. The latter takes on added importance when you consider that thrombosis (the formation of abnormal blood clots) is the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke.
Green tea may be good for your waistline. In November 1999, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published the results of a study at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Researchers found that men who were given a combination of caffeine and green tea extract burned more calories than those given only caffeine or a placebo.
Green Tea Is Good For Your Immune System
A Japanese report found that men who drank ten cups of green tea per day stayed cancer-free for three years longer than men who drank less than three cups a day. Meanwhile, a study by Cleveland’s Western Reserve University concluded that drinking four or more cups of green tea per day could help prevent rheumatoid arthritis, or reduce symptoms in individuals already suffering from the disease.
Scientists at the Saitama Cancer Research Institute discovered that there were fewer recurrences of breast cancer, and the disease spread less quickly, in women with a history of drinking five cups or more of green tea daily.
Green Tea Is Good For Your Prevention & Treatment Of Cancer
A case study that was done in China, reports that those women who drank green tea regularly had a 50% lower risk of developing esophageal cancer. Men showed less risk as well, but not as significant as women.
One Chinese study involving over 18,000 men found green tea drinkers were about half as likely to develop stomach or esophageal cancer as men who drank little tea, even after adjusting for smoking and other health and diet factors.
Green Tea Is Good For Your Teeth
Green tea is good for your teeth, the catechins prevent decay by killing the bacteria (Streptococcus mutans) that cause dental plaque. Green tea also contains fluoride. One cup of brewed green tea contains around 0.3-0.5 mg of fluoride. This is an optimal level of fluoride according to dentists. As we all know, fluoride builds in our teeth’s enamel, making it more resistant against acidic environment, of our mouth. Green tea also eliminates other bacteria that responsible for bad breath. According to researchers, green tea polyphenols can inhibit, by 30%, the growth of bacteria that causes unpleasant breath.
A study at the Beijing Dental Hospital found consuming 3 grams of green tea a day, or about 2 cups, along with the application of a tea extract reduced the size and proliferation of leukoplakia, a precancerous oral plaque. —Jake Mayer
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