Green tea is the most consumed tea in the world due to broader nutritional benefits embedded in it as well as its taste and mild flavor. It’s made from the Camellia Sinensis plant. Green tea is known to originate in the far east of Asia and has now spread globally. Green tea has high antimicrobial property as well as promote healthy living. It also contains vitamin E, C and other carotene content which makes it an excellent source of antioxidant.
Green tea has various varieties ranges from sencha, matcha, hojich, kabusecha to shincha. Younger green tea is advisable to use for medical reasons. Green tea can be used independently or may be mixed with other flavors such as ginger, lemons, limes e.t.c. It is known to combat various ailments such as cancer, eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetes, and others that will be listed below.
Below we will discuss some of the benefits of consuming green tea.
Production of Stimulants
Taking a cup of green tea contains 35 – 80mg of caffeine. Caffeine helps to increase the energy level, boost mood and concentration of the body.
Reduction of death arising from cardiovascular diseases
Consuming at least 5 cups of green tea per day reduces cardiovascular disease. This is because green tea contains catechins, flavonoids (a polyphenolic compound) which are known to exert several defences to the body particularly the heart.
A minimal weight of 1/2 pound to 7 pounds could be lost in 12 weeks of regular taking up of green tea. This is because green tea contains low calorie. Also, green tea burns excessive existing fat in the body.
Treatment of Inflammatory Gum and Skin Disease
Skin diseases such as psoriasis and dandruff could be treated using green tea because green tea boost genes that regulate the cell’s life cycle. Also, the anti-inflammatory features of green tea prevent it from periodontal diseases.
Reducing the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
Taking of higher dose of green tea combat Alzheimer diseases. Colon available green tea extract (CAGTE) is vastly known for its activities by affecting essential protein in Alzheimer when digested. Thus, reducing the risk of Alzheimer ‘s diseases.
Boosting the Immune System to Prevent Disease
Green tea contains higher protective polyphenols (flavonoids, which includes catchins and epigallocatechin gallate) and this act against bacteria diseases including E coli, fungal and other infections in the body. This substance works by reducing the formation of free radicals in the body, protect cells and molecules.
Reducing Sugar Content in Blood for Diabetics
Green tea helps diabetics by reducing the sugar content in the blood. It also aids in the prevention of plaque, cancer, and so on.
In conclusion, green tea has more health benefit because of its antioxidant features and low calorie which arise as a result of inadequate processing and make it keeps its original features. Therefore, for green tea to work effectively, once it is purchased and opened, it should be kept in an airtight container and store in a cool place to help delay its reaction that could reduce it’s phytonutrient content and flavors.