Tea consumption has its legendary origins in China dating back to more than 4,000 years ago, making it the oldest herbal tea known. After water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. In fact, about three cups of tea are drunk for every one of coffee. All teas (black, green and oolong) actually come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis.
Green tea was first brewed in 2737 BC during the reign of Emperor Shennong. Green tea originated in China, but it has become associated with many cultures throughout Asia.
“A cup of tea would restore my normality,” Douglas Adams wrote in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. And he was onto something. Turns out that regularly drinking green tea can do wonders for your body. So here are Some health benefits of drinking green tea:-
Green tea may protect against death from all causes, especially cardiovascular disease. Japanese scientists analyzed data from a National Cohort Study that began in 1994 and had over 40,000 participants, age 40 to 79, who initially were free of stroke, heart disease and cancer. People were followed for up to 11 years.
Compared with participants who consumed less than 1 cup of green tea per day, those drinking 5 or more cups a day had a significantly lower risk of death from all causes, especially lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and stroke. The findings might explain in part the reason why the Japanese live longer than people in any other country. However, there was no cancer prevention benefit of green tea.
2. Heart Health
Potentially due to its ability to lower blood cholesterol, green tea has been shown to aid the body in its ability to burn off harmful forms of fat, preventing them from laying stagnant in the blood stream. Large-scale studies done on green tea have associated it with long term heart disease prevention. A Japanese trial found that drinking at least four cups of green tea daily could lower the severity of heart disease in men.
3. Liver Health
Clinical studies show that large amounts of green tea keep liver disorders at bay. Animal studies show that green tea protects the liver from the negative effects of toxic substances such as alcohol, and that green tea’s catechins are helpful in reducing liver redness. Green tea is just one of many foods that cleanse the liver.
4. Cancer Relation
While not a stand-alone cure by any means, studies have shown green tea has the potential to fight many forms of cancer. One lab study done at the McGill University in Montreal found that the antioxidants in green tea could successfully shrink prostate tumors in mice. Another meta-analysis of data found that high green tea consumption could lower lung cancer risk by up to 18%.
Other studies done on Japanese populations found that increased green tea consumption could be correlated to lower recurrence of cancer relapse in women with breast cancer. Chinese studies have even shown a link between green tea consumption and lowered chances of stomach, pancreatic, esophageal, prostate and colorectal cancer. This is definitely an exciting to start for more research to come.
5. Memory and learning
One of the important health benefits of regular green tea drinking is improved memory and learning ability. In Japan there was revealed that high green tea drinking maintains cognitive function. Also, green tea consumption may enhance learning and memory ability.
6. Weight control
There is strong evidence that green tea has fat-burning properties and promotes weight loss, especially when combined with increased physical activity and a healthy diet. Green tea polyphenols are known to increase the metabolism of fats by the liver (thermogenic effect), inhibit lipase (fat absorption enzyme) in the digestive tract, and provide a feeling of satiety and fullness. Green tea can reduce body weight in obese persons by increasing energy expenditure and fat oxidation.
Continuous ingestion of a green tea extract high in catechins promotes reduction in body fat, systolic blood pressure, and LDL cholesterol, that in its turn contributes to a decrease in obesity and cardiovascular disease risks.
7. Skin protection from Ultraviolet
Green tea polyphenols protect the skin from the damage caused by ultraviolet radiation such as UV-induced sunburn, UV-induced immunosuppression and photoaging of the skin. They exert photoprotection by various cellular, molecular and biochemical mechanisms. Also, green tea polyphenols protect the skin by improving the elastic tissues.
8. Lowering cholesterol
Green tea lowers total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels and improves the ratio of HDL to LDL cholesterol. People who drink green tea daily have lower cholesterol levels than those who do not drink it .
It is believed that one of the underlying mechanisms by which green tea lowers blood cholesterol levels is by reducing lipids absorption in the digestive tract and promoting their excretion from the body.
9. Diabetes and blood glucose levels
Green tea has been traditionally used to control blood sugar. Recent evidence also suggests it may help regulate the blood sugar and reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes. People who drink more than 6 cups per day are less likely to develop diabetes than those who drink less than 1 cup per week. Green tea antidiabetic properties may be partly explained by its caffeine content.
Japanese researchers demonstrated that daily intake of green tea extract lowered the hemoglobin A1c level in people with borderline diabetes, that indicates the increased body’s ability to utilize blood sugar.
Regular green tea drinking may protect smokers from oxidative damages and reduce cancer risk or other diseases caused by free radicals associated with smoking. Green tea may prevent future cardiovascular disorders in chronic smokers.
Green tea may prevent osteoporosis and bone loss. Researchers at the University of Tokyo have shown that green tea may increase bone mineral density. Australian researchers report that bone mineral density is 2.8% greater in tea drinkers than non-drinkers. Over the 4 years period, tea drinkers lost an average of two times less of their total hip bone mineral density, than non-tea drinkers.
12. Tooth decay (dental caries)
Green tea prevents tooth decay. It kills the bacteria that cause dental plaques and halitosis (bad breath) and increases the acid resistance of tooth enamel.
Recipe To prepare Green Tea:-
Prep Time: 0 mins | Cook time: 5 mins | Serves: 1 – 2
Recipe type: Beverage
- 1.5 tsp Green Tea Powder
- 1 cup Water
- Sugar or Honey to taste
- Boil a cup of water in a vessel.
- Once the water starts boiling, turn off the flame and add the green tea powder.
- Let it sit for 3 – 5 minutes.
- Now strain the tea into a cup and add the sugar / honey.
- Enjoy your healthy green tea.