Natural benefits of green tea

Natural Benefits of Green Tea

For millions of years, Mother Nature has produced some wonderful miracles in form of herbs for the benefit of and survival of mankind.

These natural herbs and medicines have been beneficial to us in one way or another. Out of such countless miracles, one of the most beneficial with having no side effects whatsoever has been proven to be green tea. For more than 4000 years, ancient Chinese have been consuming this magic potion, both as a beverage and as traditional medicine, but countless scientific studies have revealed the benefits of drinking green tea to the modern world of today.

Made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing, many varieties of green tea are available in the market with differences due to variable growing conditions, processing and harvesting time. Being a powerful antioxidant, the benefits of drinking green tea are proven to be innumerable ranging from lowering high blood pressure to regulating blood sugar, thus helping in controlling heart problems and weight loss.

One of the major benefits of drinking green tea is its potential to protect against cancer. Containing catechins, the most abundant of which is epigallocatechin gallate, it acts as an anti-cancerous agent. So it not only kills the already present cancer cells in the body but also prevents the formation of new harmful cells.

People consuming this magic elixir in heavy quantities also benefit by increasing the levels of good cholesterol, known as HDL, while reducing the bad cholesterol, known as LDL, in their bodies. This also reduces the risk of liver diseases as suggested by results of the same studies.

Not only that, green tea is very efficient in and eliminating type 1 diabetes, fights against extreme liver diseases such as viral hepatitis and reduces the chances of heart strokes and heart attacks. Traditional Chinese medical practitioners have been using its amazing powers for thousands of years, using it to prevent and treat all sorts of ailments. This disease fighting ability is largely due to powerful antioxidants contained in this amazing brew.

Despite the fact that it does contain caffeine, but the quantity is much lesser as compared to coffee, giving its users the daily kick-start they need while providing their bodies with disease fighting phythochemicals. Green tea also contains fluoride, the same ingredient found in many toothpastes in the market. Thus it not only prevents cavities but also helps strengthen tooth enamel. It can also reduce plaque formation and other bacterial infections in the mouth by acting as an anti-inflammatory agent.

There are a lot of other benefits of drinking green tea. It is used to fight skin related problems, such as acne, it reduces stress and chances of dehydration by maintaining fluid balance in the body, retards the aging process, and in some recipes it can even be used for cooking rather than drinking.

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