Green tea is the healthiest beverage on the planet. Green tea has lower caffeine content.It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body.
How Green Tea is Processed?
Green tea is also a healthier option due to the way it is processed. It is derived from the leaves of the plant, Camellia sinensis. The green leaves for green tea are steamed, which helps in preventing the catechins from oxidizing, while black and oolong tea are made from fermented leaves, which leads to the loss of this very important antioxidant.
Benefits of Green Tea?
Weight Loss. Green tea helps in weight loss since it is rich in antioxidants.
Why it works?
Green tea increases the metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.
Diabetes. Green tea helps to control type-2 diabetes since its antioxidants helps to control glucose levels in body.
Why it works?
Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can prevent high insulin spikes and resulting fat storage.
Heart Disease. Green Tea helps to promote blood circulation in the body.
Why it works?
Green tea works on the lining of blood vessels, helping keep them stay relaxed and better able to withstand changes in blood pressure. It may also protect against the formation of clots, which are the primary cause of heart attacks.
Cholesterol. Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
Restored damaged brain cell.It is said to delay the deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Studies carried out on mice showed that green tea protected brain cells from dying and restored damaged brain cells.
Improves Oral Health. Studies suggest that the chemical antioxidant “catechin” in tea can destroy bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections, dental caries and other dental conditions
Blood Pressure. Regular consumption of green tea is thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
Depression.Theanine is an amino acid naturally found in tea leaves. It is this substance that is thought to provide a relaxing and tranquilizing effect and be a great benefit to tea drinkers.
“Excessive Drinking if Green Tea can be injurious to Health.”
How much Green Tea is Safe?
Green tea is completely safe to drink, but we should not consume too much of it. Like everything, it is best when taken in limits. This beverage has become extremely popular in past ten years, but with all its goodness, it also has some side effects. Here is a brief look at some of the effects of drinking too much green tea:
- A number of health problems can crop up if you drink more than 3 to 5 cups of green tea a day. These problems include insomnia, nausea, diarrhoea, restlessness etc.
- Pregnant women should not drink more than 2 cups of this beverage in a day, as it can increase the risk of miscarriages and other problems.
- Lactating women should also keep away from green tea as the caffeine in it can get passed into the breast milk and affect the baby.
- Green tea can have adverse effects on the body when it is combined with any medication that you are prescribed. It is best to talk to your doctor if it is safe to drink it while taking your medication.
- Drinking an excessive amount of green tea can have an effect on the amount of calcium that is flushed out with urine. Due to this, you may suffer from calcium deficiency.
As mentioned earlier, it is not the green tea that is unsafe, it is its excessive consumption. You can drink it regularly, but not to exceed 3 cups a day. You should also remember to consult your healthcare provider before you include it in your daily diet to make sure that it does not interfere with your medication, or cause any problem to you.