Green Tea – Good for you
Millions of people drink tea. Some, who prefer coffee in the morning still drink tea for the rest of the day. The caffeine in tea stimulates the central nervous system, relaxes muscles in the airways to lungs, and stimulates heart. It also acts as diuretics! After a hard day of work, a cup of grassy flavoured green tea (Camellia Sinensis) drink gives a warm feeling of relaxation.
Relax and enjoy a cup of soothing freshly brewed tea!
Does green tea burn fat?
Many think that consumption of green tea, alone, helps lose weight. It is no way, “a magic bullet”. Green tea, only along with healthy eating habits and regular exercise, minimum 30 mins a day (both cardiovascular system and muscles in the same session), boosts metabolism to burn fat, efficiently. An active agent ‘Catechin”, a polyphenol, coupled with natural caffeine present in green tea leaves, boosts metabolism during physical activities. It works best when taken with smaller meal based on low fat, wholegrains, fruits, vegetables, and lean protein. It is not not only the fat burning, there are many more good reasons to drink green tea, everyday.
Other health benefits of green tea
Even non-tea drinkers want to sip green tea for its health benefits. Regular consumption of green tea along with healthy eating habits reduces the risk of cancers like, colon, esophageal, skin, lung, and bladder. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), one of the six catechin compounds in green tea, inhibits the growth of cancer cells without harming the healthy cells.
Green tea destroys bacteria that form cavities and prevents plaque formation.
Anti oxidants in black, green, and oolong tea, 4-5 cups a day, help reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, increase HDL cholesterol, and improve the arterial function.
Green tea in combination with low cholesterol food and regular exercise will rescue one from the risk zone of getting heart disease and hypertension.
Green tea is considered a staple beverage in China and Japan. Hakka Thunder Tea rice (Lei Cha Fan) is a traditional Hakka dish with rice topped with assorted vegetables, tofu, peanuts, ikan bilis (tiny salty fish) and a broth of green tea leaves and herbs. Sounds healthy? Just try it……
Is herbal tea better than Green tea?
Green tea is made from unfermented Camellia Sinensis leaves that contains a powerful antioxidant called polyphenols. Antioxidants neutralize the free radicals and reduce the damage they cause to the cells.
“Healing herbal tea”, is not from camellia leaves. It is an infusion of roots, flowers (flavour enhancer), seeds, leaves and berries of different plants and so does not have the health-promoting properites.
Fresh or bottle tea?
Decaf tea and Bottled Iced tea contains fewer polyphenols than brewed green tea. Bottled and canned tea contains sugar in it. It is wise to read labels before purchase. For maximum health benefits make your own tea at home.
Green tea affects non-heme iron absorption
Iron is a component of hemoglobin and is required for the synthesis
red blood cells.
The phenolic compounds in green tea reduces the non-heme iron absorption. Iron from meat & animal sources is called heme iron and from egg & plant sources is called non-heme iron. Vitamin C enhances the absorption of non-heme iron if taken at the same meal. Fruits are good source of vitamin C
Green tea consumed in average is safe & Good for health.
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