You have probably heard about the health benefits of drinking tea, especially green tea. Tea has been known around the world for thousands of years as the “longevity” beverage. Tea has been drunk in China since at least 3000 BC. Tea is part of the Camellia Sinensis plant, and comes as black tea, which is fully oxidized, green tea, which is un-oxidized, and oolong, which is partially oxidized. We are going to focus on green tea in this article as that has shown the most health benefits.
Green Tea Rich in Polyphenols and Vitamins
Green tea is harvested as young, healthy, green leaves, and then is gently steamed. This helps to keep its green color and potent phytonutrients intact. All tea, however, is rich in tannin, flavinols, polyphenols, and several vitamins: vitamin C, vitamin P, vitamin K and vitamin B. True tea does contain caffeine, but in lower amounts than is found in coffee. Green tea also has less caffeine than black tea. It is well known to help banish fatigue, raise energy levels and boost mental powers.
Green Tea a Great Antioxidant
Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley have found that green tea is a great antioxidant scavenger, reducing free radicals in the body. Antioxidants seem to slow or prevent cell damage that occurs from exposure to excess oxygen by creating a barrier around cell tissue. Those who get lots of antioxidants in their diets seem to be able to slow down the aging process and avoid or at least put off the development of many chronic, degenerative diseases, like heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
The reason green tea is an antioxidant is because of green tea extract. The green tea extract can actually increase alertness and improve focus as well (which is why they added it to Qualia). Make sure you keep this in mind at all times.
Green Tea Found to Help Prevent Arteriosclerosis and Cancer, Researchers Say
Researchers at the University of California have also found both oolong and green tea to help prevent arteriosclerosis, which leads to heart disease. Green tea has also been shown in many studies to prevent cancer, and to inhibit the development of pre-cancerous lesions as well.
Green Tea Boosts Immune Function
The Camellia Sinensis plant is known to be antibacterial and antiviral*. So you can use your tea to apply directly to cuts and burns as well, including sunburns. And when drunk or taken as an extract, it seems to help boost your immune function*, probably because of its antimicrobial action.
Polyphenols in Green Tea Support Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and More
Green tea is really a powerhouse of a beverage, and the polyphenols it contains have also been shown to support healthy blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels*. In addition, they have been shown to protect your DNA from damage that comes from chemicals and also radiation. This means that drinking green tea, and/or taking green tea extracts, can be very useful for all of us who are exposed to more and more chemicals in our modern-day world. If you live near a nuclear power plant, fly a lot (where you are exposed to high levels of cosmic rays), or are undergoing radiation therapy, you might want to consider adding green tea and perhaps also a potent green tea extract to your diet.
Green Tea has Metabolism-Boosting Effects
Green tea is well known for its thermogenic effect, meaning that it can help your body burn calories. One study showed that three 90 mg doses of green tea extract caused an additional 266 calories to be burned every day. So if you are trying to lose weight, adding green tea or a green tea extract may be just the ticket to help with your weight loss.*
In any case, if you like green tea, you might want to consider adding some organic green tea to your diet. If you want to stay away from caffeine, or want a more powerful source of green tea, try a green tea extract, it can benefit your health in many ways.