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Tea is the most commonly consumed beverage around the world after water.
Green tea contains compounds known as polyphenols, including phytochemicals which have antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, and health-enhancing properties.
Tests on epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a specific type of polyphenol in green tea, have shown it’s able to penetrate your body’s cells and shield DNA from hydrogen peroxide, a powerful free radical.
Studies have shown green tea protects against cancer, lowers cholesterol levels, and reduces the clotting tendency of your blood.
Because green tea boosts immune function and acts as an antiviral and anti-inflammatory agent, it may help prevent cancer.
In one study, it was shown to prevent cold and flu symptoms, and even reduce the number of these illnesses.
It also shows promise as a weight-loss aid as it promotes the burning of fat and helps regulate blood sugar and insulin levels.
Instead of drinking green tea, a supplement containing known quantities of it can produce weight loss – especially as fat – and lower blood pressure and “bad” (LDL) cholesterol.
Green tea is simply the dried leaves of the tea plant.
All green teas are from the species Camellia sinensis, but depending on where they’re grown and the processing they can be very different.
Chinese teas are predominant, and make up about 90% of what’s sold.
There are numerous regional Chinese teas, the best known being lung ching (dragon well).
Other teas from Japan are equally good.
Japanese green teas are of 2 basic types, sencha or gyokuro.
Sencha is grown in the full sun, while gyokuro is shaded a few weeks before it’s harvested.
There are many brands, but the basic difference is gyokuro makes a sweeter, darker green tea than sencha, which is somewhat grassy in flavor.
It also costs over twice as much.
Gyokuro is the source of the special handmade powdered tea used in the traditional tea ceremony.
Green tea isn’t fermented and has more polyphenols than black tea.
Black tea undergoes natural fermentation, which converts tannins into more complex compounds.
The fermentation process destroys some of black tea’s polyphenols, and it was once thought it was rendered less effective as an antioxidant.
Tests have shown both green and black teas contain about the same amount of antioxidant polyphenols, but there are different combinations of antioxidants between black and green teas depending on the method of processing.
Black tea lowers blood sugar and raises insulin levels after a meal.
It’s thought black tea stimulates your pancreas to release insulin.
Green tea does contain caffeine (15-20 mg per 3/4 cup), but it’s less than in similar amounts of coffee (80-115 mg per 3/4 cup) or caffeinated carbonated beverages (38-46 mg per can).
Those who have heart problems or sensitivity to caffeine, or are pregnant may want to limit their intake of caffeine.
Green tea contains vitamin K, which can make blood-thinning medication less effective.
Consult your health care provider if you’re using them.
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