About Green Tea
As a dedicated yogini, I find that it makes my stomach uneasy to drink milk tea or coffee first thing in the morning. I avoid nausea by swapping these sugar-loaded drinks with something that will keep my spirits high- Green Tea. Did you know that tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world besides water? For Indians this fact wouldn’t come as a surprise for chai is an emotion to them! The main difference between black tea and green tea is the fermentation process. Since green tea is less fermented, it has many antioxidants and poly-phenols that impart valuable benefits. Matcha tea is a delicious concoction that has gained recognition all over social media as well. (Get those Insta-worthy shots with this one!) It is a powdered form of green tea that is excellent for your overall health. Ancient cultures of China and Japan have utilized this herbal tea for thousands of years due to its medicinal properties. Even today, there are over a thousand options of Chinese green tea, with fewer but just as impactful Japanese counterparts.
Grab your favourite mug as we explore the wonderful effects green tea can have on our lives:
Benefits Of Green Tea
1. Antioxidant Activity
Green tea is well-known as a potent source of antioxidants. The active compounds in the tea prevent cell damage due to oxidative stress. Various studies have shown that catechins increase total plasma antioxidant activity (1). Therefore, green tea may provide anti-mutagenic and anti-carcinogenic effects. Regularly pouring yourself a cup of this tea might also reduce the risk of developing breast cancer in women.
2. Weight Loss
If you are consistent with your fitness routine at home or in the gym, this tea could make the perfect companion for you. Green tea can help you maintain your weight loss and increase your metabolism. A catechin called EGCG has anti-obesity properties and may assist the decrease of body weight and oxidation of unhealthy fats. Enjoy this warming beverage to stay light and breezy!
3. Regulate Diabetes
People who are resistant to glucose from type II diabetes would likely gain from this tea. ECGC has the ability to mimic insulin and regulate the concentration of glucose in the blood and flavonoids have insulin-enhancing activity. Green tea may show improvement in the metabolism of carbohydrates, in a way that prevents spikes in blood sugar after meals. You may use this natural remedy to manage your symptoms in a way that makes you feel good.
4. Heart Disease
Start your day off with a hand on your heart and take a deep breath. Pour a hearty cup of this tea and preserve a healthy heart. Various studies suggest that green tea has cardiovascular properties like lowering blood pressure and preventing the formation of clots (2). Green tea may be a wholesome solution to cholesterol as well.
Most of us have to deal with the harmful UV radiations that cause extreme damage to our delicate skin. Head to the beach and bask in the sun but make sure you take your green tea along with you- Green tea has polyphenols that denote anti-inflammatory and photo protective properties that may reduce UV-induced damage. It may also enhance your immunity and inhibit bacterial growth (5).
6. Neurological Disorders
The catechines in green tea impact the neurological system to improve cognition. It is said to prevent degeneration in chronic disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s (3). Reports exhibit the capacity in which green tea can combat the formation of harmful plaques in the brain (plaque deposits cause deterioration to brain cells). This implies that the herbal tea could be a therapeutic agent against these neurological disorders. Talk about brain food!
7. Digestive Health
You know that sound you make when you drink a hot drink after a meal- Ahhh. I like to think that it is your gut settling in. Researchers believe that the anti-inflammatory activity of green tea, due to its ECGC and polyphenol composition may promote healthy digestion. It may positively effect colitis and irritable bowel syndrome. As green tea comprises caffeine, it must be consumed in moderation to avoid adverse symptoms.
This beautiful plant, Camellia sinensis has intriguing effects as a natural remedy for various health concerns but it is more than that. A cup of tea, for some, is necessary to start the day on the right note. Besides, tea is even better than coffee for the planet- it requires less processing and leaves a lower carbon footprint. You can share stimulating conversations over a cup of tea and talk about all the interesting facts about green tea with someone who cares about their health as much as you do!