Green tea for your Health
Some of nature's simplest ways to enhance our health may just be found in the tea chest and not the medicine chest. Eastern cultures have used tea
for medicinal purposes for centuries. American's are late comers to the use of some of the most natural ways of helping the body maintain and
improve itself. By drinking green tea we all could improve and prolong our lives.
Green tea contains naturally occurring compounds known as polyphenols which act as antioxidants in fighting disease and in treating many illnesses.
Antioxidants are molecules capable of preventing the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation reactions can produce free radicals which start chain
reactions that damage cells. Antioxidants terminate this chain reaction which results in fewer damaged cells.
Regular green tea drinkers, meaning those who drink five cups or more a day, have been found to have lower chances of heart disease. This is
because it is believed that the polyphenols in green tea inhibit the build-up of LDL. LDL is the bad cholesterol that causes plaque build-up in the
arteries which then leads to heart disease.
Green tea is thought to contribute to the reduced development of certain cancers, namely breast cancer and prostate cancer. Ointments made with
Green tea extract are used for genital warts and peri-anal warts. An extract of green tree and filtered hot water is used to treat skin damaged by
Maybe the most popular reason for drinking green tea is for weight loss. Catechins in the tea help reduce body fat. Catechins found in tea also help
reduce the signs of aging at the cellular level and act as a natural antibiotic.
Tea does contain caffeine. The amount of caffeine depends on the brewing time, the number of times you use the leaves and the amount of water in
the cup. Brewed tea has less caffeine than the same amount of brewed coffee.
Whatever your reason for drinking it, green tea has a delicious and fresh taste and is perfect to drink hot or cold. Blending with a tangy fruit juice such
as cranberry juice yields a very refreshing hot weather drink. So try if for yourself and I think you will find it a tea worth drinking. Who knows, maybe
one day we will find green tea in our medicine cabinet as well as the kitchen cabinet.
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