Whilst green tea is not classed as a medicine, it definitely has proven health and medicinal benefits, and is being seen as a remedy for a lot of illnesses and conditions.
The reason green tea is so beneficial and different to other teas is down to the way it is processed. Once harvested, this tea is steamed which retains the benefits of the tea leaves, much like steaming vegetables does.
1. Antioxident properties
Green Tea contains epigallocatchechin gallate (EGCG) which is a powerful antioxidant. This antioxidant has many health benefits ranging from reducing blood pressure, staving off heart attacks and strokes, to preventing bad breath. It also helps to lower harmful cholesterol levels.
2. Diet and Weight Loss
There has been much written about the benefits of green tea in a diet or weight loss programme. Whilst drinking 4 cups of the tea a day will burn off around an additional 80 calories, this is not enough to see a substantial loss in weight over a short period of time. This is no wonder diet or miracle product that will see dramatic weight loss in days. Green tea combined with healthier eating and an exercise regime will help to lose weight and provide additional health benefits.
According to some studies, green tea has cancer fighting properties. These include the ability to kill cancerous cells whilst leaving healthy cells unharmed. For those people with cancer, drinking several cups a day can help to boost the immune system, and improve general well-being which will make the patient feel better.
In addition, it is believed that drinking green tea can also help prevent cancer. This is backed up by the fact that Japanese men and women who regularly drink the tea have very low instances of cancer. Whilst the research is not conclusive by any means, it goes to show the versatility of this amazing drink.
Scientists have discovered that the antioxidants in green tea can block the enzymes which destroy the cartilage and cause arthritis. Drinking green tea regularly can help to prevent arthritis. For those who already have arthritis, drinking several cups a day can reduce the effects, and even help to stop the spread of this debilitating condition.
The Japanese have one of the longest lifespans in the world, and this can be partly attributed to drinking green tea. As well as being drunk to fight heart disease, arthritis and cancer, the anti aging properties of the antioxidants in green tea are beginning to be seen in high-end anti-aging skin care products.