One of the most popular bevarage worldwide after water is Tea. Amongst the Tea’s the most studied one is Green Tea. However, only 20% of the tea consumed worldwide is Green tea and 78% of the tea consumed is black tea.
Green Tea is one of the oldest bevarage. It is native to china and India and it has been used in traditional medicines in ancient period by Indians and Chinese to treat numerous conditions from headaches to wound-healing. China is the no.1 producer of Green tea. If you’re considering adding a cup of Green tea to your daily routine, here’s something you should know.
In this blog post you’ll learn about:
- What is Green tea?
- Origin of Green tea
- Green tea for weight loss?
- Other benefits of green tea
- Side effects of Green tea
WHAT IS GREEN TEA?
Green tea and Black tea both are made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis plant.
Black tea is more Fermented and contains less Catechins- natural antioxidants. Green tea is less Fermented and made of unoxidized leaves, it contains large amounts of important nutrients.
Green tea contains the most benificial bio-active polyphenols and Catechins- natural antioxidants.
A number of Studies suggest Green Tea to have a number of positive effects, including giving you energy, Fat loss, Type 2 diabetes, cancer, supporting healthy skin etc.
Studies also suggest Green tea to have antioxidant and fat-burning properties.
ORIGIN OF GREEN TEA
One popular legend suggest that Green tea was discovered Emperor Shennong, Emperor of China and supposed inventor of Chinese medicine, in 2737 BC.
It is said that during one of his travels the Emperor Shennong stopped to rest, few tea leaves from the nearby tea plant fell into the emperor’s cup of boiled water and when consumed he found it extremely refreshing and asked the member of his convoy to prepare it for him henceforth.
( courtesy – teabox.com )
GREEN TEA FOR WEIGHT LOSS?
Numerous studies suggest that Green tea increases fat burning and helps you lose weight. It also contains large amounts of important nutrients.
Catechins present in green tea boosts your metabolism and can help to break down that extra fat in your body especially the dangerous abdominal fat.
Green tea contains large amounts of a catechin called EGCG ( Epigallocatechin Gallate ). It is the most common catechin in green tea.
Green tea increases fat oxidation and improves insulin activity in your body. Caffeine present in green tea improves exercise performance and contributes in fat burning process.
According to a study conducted Average fat oxidation rates of men who took green tea extract were 17% higher than the men who didn’t.
OTHER BENEFITS OF GREEN TEA
Besides weight loss Green tea have several health benefits such as:
a. Green tea reduces the risk of both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disorder.
b. Green tea can improve your brain function.
c. Green tea lowers the risk of heart diseases.
d. Green tea lowers the risk of few types of cancer such as breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Skin cancer, Stomach cancer, Lung cancer, bladder cancer, Prostate cancer, etc.
e. Green tea lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
f. Green tea improves Dental health and reduce bad breath.
g. Green tea lowers the bad cholesterol level in the body.
SIDE EFFECTS OF GREEN TEA
Green tea is one of the safest and healthiest beverage on the planet when consumed in moderation and better avoid the drink if you are sensitive to caffeine. If you are sensitive to caffeine then you are more susceptible to the side effects such as insomnia, anxiety, headaches, irregular heart beat, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, Tinnitus (Ringing In The Ears), glaucoma, skin allergies, kidney issues, irritability, nausea, or upset stomach.
Who should avoid Green tea?
- Pregnant or breastfeeding women
- Those with kidney problems
- Liver problems
- Heart problems
- High blood pressure
- Anxiety disorders