health value of green tea

Healthy Greens:
Green tea was first brewed 4000 years ago, in China ,where it was known as a miracle medicine. Today, research shows how true the ancient claim was. Green tea, with its medicinal properties, is a boon for the health -conscious . The benefits of green tea are many.

Inhibits Cancer:
Epigallocatechingallate (ECGC), the main ingredient in green tea, inhibits the growth of cancer, especially of the stomach, oesophagus, bladder, colon, pancreas and lungs.

Lowers Blood Pressure:
Scientific studies show that daily consumption of of green tea can prevent high blood pressure. 3 to 4 cups of green tea a day can substantially reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Health Value

The Japanese custom of green tea came from china in about 800 AD. The use of tea started when Bugghist monks, who had gone to China for study, returned to Japan bringing tea with them as a medicinal beverage. In the Kamakura era (1191-1333), the monk Eisai stressed the beneficial effects of tea in a manuscript entitled Maintaining Health by drinking tea (1211) : Tea is a miraculous medicine for the maintenance of health, Tea has an extraordinary power to prolong life. Anywhere a person cultivates tea, long life will follow. In ancient and modern times, tea is the elixir that creates the mountain-dweller immortal.

In recent years, research into the effects of green tea has provided scientific confirmation of this ancient claim and is summarized below in the table showing the main components of green tea and their beneficial effects :

Component Beneficial Effects
Catechins (Main Component) Reduces chances of cancer, tumour and mutations, lowers blood cholesterol, inhibit increase of blood pressure, kills bacteria, kills influenza and prevents halitosis.
Caffeine Stimulative and diuretic
Vitamin C Reduces Stress and prevents flu
Vitamin B Complex Aids Carbohydrate metabolism
Amino Butyric Acid Lowers blood pressure
Flavonoids Strenghten blood vessel walls and prevents halitosis
Polysaccarides Lowers blood pressure
Flouride Prevents cavities
Vitamin E Antioxidant and regulates ageing
Theanine Gives green tea its delicious taste
Restricts Buildup of Cholesterol:
Experiments have demonstrated that green tea restricts the excessive buildup of blood cholesterol. It reduces the bad cholesterol (LDL) in the blood and increases the levels of positive cholesterol (HDL).

Lowers Blood Sugar:
Studies show that the extract of green tea has the ability to actually lower blood sugar. It is believed that both the EGCG and polsaccharides in Green tea are factors in lowering blood sugar.

Strengthens Immune System:
Green tea can strengthen a weak immune system and help in fighting common illnesses like flu, bronchitis or infections that take a long time to heal. It is especially beneficial to patients undergoing chemotherapy, who experience declining cell counts.

Prevents Ageing:
Though oxygen is very important to us, it can also be very harmful agent in the form of active or free radical oxygen. One way to slow the ageing process is to prevent the accumulation of active oxygen in our body. This can be done by antioxidants, which are strongly present in Green Tea.

Oral Hygiene and Dental Care:
Flouride in green tea protects tooth enamel and the EGCG reduces the development of bacteria growing in the plaque . Green tea can also kill other oral bacteria, which cause bad breadth. It also stimulates the production of Saliva and reduces the harmful acids that form in the mouth.

Drink to your Health:
People who drink green tea daily have lower rates of heart diseases and cancer resulting in a higher life expectancy. Unlike other anti-oxidants, those found in green tea cause no toxic side efeects. So drink Green Tea every day to keep the doctors away.

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