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The Health Benefits of Green Tea

The Health Benefits of Green Tea

Did you know that the first use of tea was medicinal? Today we primarily view tea as a beverage, but for the first three thousand years of its use it was considered a remedy for many heath conditions, including headaches, colds, infectious diseases, and digestive ailments. Tea is the second most-consumed beverage on the planet (water is the first) and is an important part of cultural life in many places in the world.

The “green” descriptor for green tea refers to the way it is processed; the leaves are steamed rather than fermented. While all teas contain health-beneficial compounds, it is this process which enables green tea to retain more of these compounds than red or black teas.

In comparison to other teas, green tea contains the highest level of polyphenols (flavonoids), which are powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants help to protect and repair cells from damage caused by free radicals; many scientists believe that free radicals contribute to a number of health problems including cancer and heart disease. Green tea also contains other important nutrients, including vitamins A, B1, B2, C, and E, and the minerals manganese, potassium, and fluoride.

Extensive studies on the health benefits of green tea have been conducted on both humans and animals, and in laboratory experiments. Some of the findings demonstrate that green tea:

  • Reduces the risk factor for cardiovascular diseases
  • Lowers LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels and raises HDL (“good”) cholesterol
  • Helps to reduce the risk of cancer and inhibits the growth of cancer cells
  • Inhibits the abnormal formation of blood clots, which can help prevent heart attack and stroke
  • Increases energy, metabolism, and aids weight loss
  • Helps to boost the immune system and suppress autoimmune disorders
  • Helps to prevent tooth decay

 

Because green tea has been shown to have so many positive health effects, it has become a popular dietary supplement and is offered as a standalone supplement or in combination with other ingredients. If you want to receive the health benefits of green tea but aren’t a tea drinker, consider making natural green tea supplements part of your daily routine.


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