Did you know consuming green tea had these health benefits?
Dt Sheetal chhabria
Vasanth nagar, Bengaluru Oct 4, 2017
Green tea is considered as one of the healthiest beverages because it is loaded with nutrients and antioxidants. Research has shown that consuming green tea has powerful positive effects on the body. Green tea originated in China and India, but its production and manufacture has spread to many other countries in Asia. Green tea, has been consumed and hailed for its health benefits for centuries globally, but has only recently gained popularity in the United States. Recent studies have shown the advantage of green tea that it can potentially have positive effects on everything from weight loss to liver disorders, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer's disease.
Benefits of Green Tea
Green tea was used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine to control bleeding and heal wounds, aid digestion, improve heart and mental health, and regulate body temperature. Here are some benefits the cups of green tea can hold.
Green tea for improved health: Tea leaves contain many important nutrients and minerals that are essential for the body. The most important property of green tea is presence of antioxidants that prevent and treat various diseases.
Green tea for the brain: Green tea contains the right amount of caffeine that improves the function of the brain without the jittery effects of too much caffeine consumption. It improves your concentration, memory, and reaction time. It even prevents anxiety and ensures that you are more stable and productive throughout the day.
Green tea weight loss: Study shows that green tea boosts your metabolism and increases the rate of fat burning. A regular consumer has better physical performance compared to a coffee drinker because of the right amount of caffeine. It leads to decrease in body fat and aids weight loss thus fighting obesity.
Green tea for cancer- The antioxidants present in green tea protect cells from oxidative damage that is responsible for development of cancer. Study showed that regular consumers had a lower risk of developing breast, prostate and colorectal cancer. The compounds in green tea also protect your neurons and protect you from neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Parkinson’s. Regular drinkers also have lower chances of developing type 2 Diabetes because it controls blood sugar levels and improves insulin sensitivity. Risk factors of cardiovascular diseases are also reduced as it controls cholesterol levels and increases oxidation capacity of blood. Green tea also improves your oral hygiene and reduces risk of cavities and bad breath. Make green tea your regular beverage and see how it improves your health but avoid adding milk as it reduces its antioxidant value.
Green tea heart benefits: Green tea contains catechins, polyphenolic compounds that are thought to exert numerous protective effects, particularly on the cardiovascular system. People who drank at least 5 cups of green tea per day had a significantly lower risk of dying (especially from cardiovascular disease) than those who drank less than one cup of tea per day.
Green Tea Side-Effects
Green tea, When taken by mouth long-term or in high doses, it can cause side effects because of the caffeine. These side effects can range from mild to serious and include headache, nervousness, sleep problems, vomiting, diarrhea, irritability, irregular heartbeat, tremor, heartburn, dizziness, ringing in the ears, convulsions, and confusion. Green tea also contains a chemical that has been linked with liver injury when used in high doses.
Organic India Green tea
Times are changing, and the introduction of the fitness bandwagon has led many people to drift off from the regular version of milk tea. For some of us in India, the day starts with a cup of their favorite organic green tea. The time when to drink green tea has been a question for all and the answer is the best time to drink green tea is before waking up or before sleeping, However, it is a health drink so time doesn't matter. The best green tea in India brands is Organic India, MSG, Lipton, and Himalaya.
How to Prepare Green Tea
The green tea recipe is simple. Here is the recipe for a perfect cup of green tea for the healthy green tea drinkers.
Step 1- Take one teaspoon of green tea leaves. If you want to make more than a cup of green tea, take 1 teaspoon of green tea leaves for each cup. So, take 4 teaspoons of green tea leaves for 4 cups of green tea.
Step 2- Now, take the tea leaves in a strainer/sieve and keep aside.
Step 3- Now, take a stainless steel pot/pan and boil the water. If you want to use a glass teapot instead, go ahead. The ideal temperature for green tea is 80°C to 85°C, so keep an eye on the water to make sure it’s not boiling. If it starts boiling anyway, just switch off the gas/heat and let it cool for a bit (say, for 30-45 seconds).
Step 4- Now, place the sieve/ strainer over the cup or mug.
Step 5- Next, pour the hot water into the cup and let the tea steep for 3 minutes. This is the step where we need to be very careful. Not everyone likes their tea strong, so, to check whether the tea is just right, keep a spoon handy and drink a spoonful of tea every 30-45 seconds to find out if the flavor is right for you.
Step 6- Now, take out the sieve and keep it aside. If you want, you may add 1 teaspoon honey.
Step 7- Stir the honey in and let the drink cool for a few seconds. Enjoy your cup of green tea.
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