Health and Dietary Benefits of Green Tea
Green tea has been known to have had health benefits, by most Asian communities for hundreds of years, but it has only recently become popular here, it is only now that scientists can see that there really is health benefits to consuming green tea.
There is now evidence to support the fact that there is potential for green tea to have positive effect on people’s health.
Because of the way green tea is processed it holds on to the polyphenols and anti-oxidants as much as possible.
Green tea especially, has a high amount of flavonoids, researches around the world have realized how beneficial these properties are.
The minerals zinc and manganese, and chromium, which are a good source of vitamin C, can also be found in green tea.
This tea comes from the plant Camellia Sinensis, which is native to China and being part of their culture for four thousand years.
Tradition says it’s good for blood circulation maintaining a healthy heart, and helping to stop strokes, angina, and diabetes.
Research studies of Green Tea
Green Tea has anti-oxidants known as salubrious polyphenols, scientists have known for quite awhile, how beneficial these properties are, by fighting off free radicals, they boost the immune system and have anti cancer properties.
Researchers have suggested that taking green tea either by drinking or in extract form, can reduce the risk, cardio vascular problems.
In Japan where they held a study people who drank one cup of green tea lessened the risk of subarachnoid hemorrhage, by 26%, and those that drank more than one 44%.
Green tea which is in the green tea tablets, improves the condition of endothelial cells; these cells line the walls of arteries, by keeping these cells healthy it slows plaque build-up, this is good for blood pressure.
Another study at Birmingham university found that fat oxidation were 17% higher than people on a placebo, showing taking green tea is linked to weight loss.
Green Tea and Weight Loss
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, published a study 1999 that showed green tea to have strong thermogenic properties, this boosts metabolism, so you burn more calories, green tea was causing a higher level of fat oxidation, the calories burned by consuming green tea translates to 35-43% increase in thermogenesis!
Over 1200 people were subjected to trials in Taiwan, where people who drank tea on a regular basis for 10 years had a smaller waist to hip ratio, plus less fat, they drank green tea or oolong tea.
Research in France in 2001 studied seventy overweight men for 3 months; there was a lowering of bodyweight and a reduction of the waist to hip ratio.
Cancer and Green Tea
Flavonoids which are found abundantly in green tea are thought to have anti-carcinogenic properties, and are thought to have properties that could prevent tumor growth.
Research in China studied the eating habits of a number of women. They found that eating mushrooms on a regular basis while drinking green tea resulted in 90% lower breast cancer cases.