Why Should We Drink Green Tea?

15 Jan


At this time of year when you are quite regularly looking for ways of warming up, a cup of tea can be the perfect cure. The majority of people will know that green tea is good for you but how many of them actually know why?

What is so special about Green Tea?

Green tea is an extremely rich source of catechin polyphenols which is not only a very powerful antioxidant but is also known for it’s cancer fighting properties and its wonderful ability to regulate glucose levels in the blood. It is also known for preventing the formation of abnormal blood clots which is extremely beneficial considering the fact that thrombosis (the formation of blood clots) is one of the leading causes of heart attacks.

How is Green tea different for other herbal teas?

Although all the different varieties of tea come from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant, it’s the way that the leaves are processed that give Green tea it’s distinct properties. Green tea leaves are steamed which makes it different from the black and oolong tea leaves as they are fermented. Steaming the leaves prevents oxidisation of the catechin polyphenols previously mentioned, ensuring that all the beneficial properties they offer are enhanced and not diminished.

What are the health benefits of Green tea?

There is a long list of amazing benefits that Green Tea offers and I have detailed a few of these below.

  • Blood pressure: drinking Green tea can help to prevent hypertension but keeping blood pressure low.
  • Cancer: Green tea is known to lower the risk of oesophageal cancer and recent studies have also suggested that is can actually kill cancer cells, whilst maintaining intact surrounding the healthy tissue.
  • Weight loss inducing properties: Green tea contains “polyphenol” that increases the rate of fat oxidisation, and also the rate at which the body converts food into calories resulting in improved metabolism!
  • Diabetes: The fact that green tea helps regulate glucose levels is a massive help to those suffering with diabetes as it helps to prevent insulin spikes that trigger the storage of fat.
  • Skin: Green tea contains antioxidants that can delay the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of ageing, keeping the skin looking and feeling firmer and younger. It can also be effective against the damage caused by excessive exposure to the sun.
  • Depression: An amino acid found in green tea called “theanine” is thought to induce a soothing and tranquillising effect which can become an effective remedy for depression.

How much Green tea should you consume?

There are varying opinions as to how much green tea should be consumed in a day in order to gain maximum benefits. The general thoughts are that you should drink as much as you feel like drinking. Be aware that there is caffeine  in green tea (however much less than in coffee) and so some people may not react well to more than one or two cups per day, but trial and error will soon let you know your ideal amount.The tea also contains tannin, which can interfere with the absorption of iron from fruits and vegetables but funnily enough adding lemon to the tea could counteract this.

*It is suggested that pregnant women refrain from drinking green tea simply because the caffeine can cross the placenta and this is best avoided.*

On the whole there are very little side effects of drinking Green tea, especially compared to the over whelming positives and it is nearly always encouraged.

Try to add Green tea into your daily schedule and see what benefits you experience!