Although the Chinese have recognized the health benefits of green tea since ancient times, Western culture has begun to sing its praises only recently.
It seems as though there’s almost nothing that green tea DOESN’T do! Health researchers are putting this miracle beverage through rigorous testing and discovering amazing benefits to adding green tea into our daily regimens.
Green tea has high levels of potent antioxidants, which may play a large role in protecting our cells from disease and reducing the effects of aging. Green tea is suspected to prevent and fight cancer. It appears to raise good cholesterol levels and lower bad cholesterol levels. It may promote heart health and help prevent heart disease.
It is also being tested for its potential to help prevent and treat diabetes and dementia. I feel certain that the list of health benefits will continue to expand!
Much more delicious than raw garlic or cod liver oil, adding green tea into our diets may be one healthy change that most people can actually enjoy! Although plain green tea is a little bitter, there are many varieties that blend green tea with other natural flavors. It is delicious hot or cold, and can be mildly sweetened with honey or other natural sugars. Citrus is an excellent companion to green tea—enhancing the flavor and adding the health benefits of Vitamin C.
How Much Green Tea Should I Drink?
To capitalize on green tea’s healing and preventative advantages, consume several cups of regular green tea every day. You could drink it all day long, if you like! The one downside of the beverage is its caffeine content; although, it should be mentioned that green tea contains only half the caffeine of regular coffee. Furthermore, some studies suggest that the side-effects of caffeine are lessened by other compounds present in the tea.
Decaffeinated green tea is widely available, but the extra processing does reduce its health properties by as much as 50%. In fact, green tea is only different from black tea because the leaves are steamed instead of fermented, a process that leaves more of the benefits intact. However, if you need to avoid caffeine, decaffeinated green tea is still worthwhile.
Drinking decaf green tea gives you an excuse to drink twice as much! So, if you need another drink to add to your diet plan, work in green tea!