The Amazing Properties of Green Tea tea leavesPeople living in China, India, Japan and Thailand have known for centuries that drinking green tea is one of the best ways to maintain overall good health. They use the leaves, buds, and stems to make tea that is high in polyphenols, which have enormous health benefits. For one thing, they prevent joint inflammation and swelling, which helps anyone suffering from arthritis. Polyphenols also appear to be able to fight human papilloma virus infections.

Green Tea’s Properties

Now that drinking green tea has caught on in the West, people are discovering its amazing properties for themselves. Green tea, as known as Camellia sinensis, Chinese tea or Japanese tea, has some marvelous health benefits that make it truly unique.

One important benefit of drinking green tea is that it helps to prevent cancer in the breasts, prostate, cervix, ovaries, colon, lungs, and skin. It contains a phytonutrient called epigallocatechin gallate [EGCG]: an antioxidant that has been found to shrink tumors in lab tests. Another study found that women who drink green tea every day are 60% less likely to develop ovarian cancer.

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Green tea can promote weight loss by increasing one’s metabolism, decreasing fat absorption, and inhibiting the formation of fat cells. (It’s important to note that one needs to drink roughly 600 mg of catechins each day to see these results.) EGCG works to increase levels of the hormone known as CCK (cholecystokinin), which makes us feel full after eating. It also boosts your metabolism to burn fat.

Green tea is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties, and therefore has great benefits to people suffering from inflammatory bowel diseases [IBD] like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, green teabags can be applied to sunburns as a way of soothing them. People also report placing them under the eyes to reduce puffiness.

High cholesterol can be managed by drinking green tea, too. Green tea lowers total cholesterol, raises “good” cholesterol, and is excreted from the body thanks to its polyphenols.

Other Health Benefits

  • Naturally low in caffeine, green tea boosts mental alertness to the same levels induced by coffee.
  • Green tea can prevent cavities. When drunk without adding sugar, green tea prevents bacterial growth in one’s mouth, and is a natural source of fluoride.
  • Because it is minimally processed, this beverage has one of the highest levels of antioxidants known as catechins – 30-80 mg in each cup. These antioxidants neutralize free radicals which are caused by environmental toxins.
  • Used as a diuretic, green tea increases urine output and flow.
  • Diabetes can be treated by drinking green tea, as it controls blood sugar levels and glucose in the body.


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