Green tea is prepared from unoxidized leaves and is the least processed types of tea and thus contains anti-oxidants and polyphenols.
Green tea is available in various forms, such as:-
- Bottled & sweetened with sugar
- Single tea bags
- Green tea supplements, in the form of capsule or liquid extracts
NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF GREEN TEA:-
Some of the nutritional value of green tea is mentioned below:-
- Zero calorie
- Caffeine (20-45 mg per cup)
HEALTH BENEFITS OF GREEN TEA:-
Green tea was used earlier in Chinese and Indian medicine to control and cure bleeding and heal wounds, to aid digestion, improve heart and brain health and regulate the body temperature.
Recent research shows that green tea is beneficial in promoting weight loss, preventing liver diseases, control sugar level in Type 2 Diabetic patients and prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
Green Tea is also beneficial for other purposes such as:-
- Benefits of green tea for skin
- Benefits of green tea for hair
The polyphenols present in green tea decrease the tumor growth and protect against damage caused due to ultraviolet radiation.
Green tea prevents the following types of cancer:
- Colorectal (bowel)
- Esophageal (throat)
The high level of polyphenols kill the cancerous cells and inhibit them from growing. The amount of the tea required for cancer-preventive effects varies widely from 2-10 cups a day.
Improve Heart Health
Green tea consumption reduces mortality due to all the causes, including heart disease.
Green tea contains catechins, polyphenolic compounds that exert numerous protective effects, mainly on the cardiovascular (CVS) system.
Lower the Cholesterol Level
Consumption of green tea, in any form, reduces in total and LDL or bad cholesterol levels in the body.
Reduces Stroke Risk
Intake of green tea or coffee on regular basis reduce the risk of stroke and promotes heart health.
Cure Type 2 Diabetes
Studies show that consumption of green tea lowers the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. It also helps control the blood sugar levels in the body.
Green Tea Weight Loss
Green tea promotes weight loss in overweight and obese persons. It boosts up the body for an effective workout and burns down the calories faster. This result in faster weight loss and fat burn.
Prevents Inflammatory Skin Diseases
Consumption of green tea on regular basis prevents disorders such as psoriasis and dandruff. Inflammatory skin diseases are often characterized by dry patches, red and flaky skin caused due to the inflammation and excess production of the skin cells. Green tea decreases the rate of growth of skin cells and the gene that regulates the cells life cycles.
Improves Memory and Brain Power
Intake of green tea enhances the brain’s cognitive functions and improves the brain power and memory.
Green tea help in the treatment of cognitive impairments related to neuropsychiatric disorders like dementia.
Prevents Alzheimer’s Disease
Green tea reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in the body. It also prevents dental cavities, stress, fatigue, treat skin conditions, and treat arthritis by reducing inflammation.
GREEN TEA SIDE EFFECTS:-
There are little contraindications of drinking green tea for adults. There are some risks or complications that should be known:-
- Caffeine sensitivity – Person with caffeine sensitivities could face side effects such as insomnia, anxiety, nausea and an upset stomach.
- Blood thinners– Blood-thinning drugs such as Coumadin or warfarin should be consumed with green tea with caution due to the Vitamin K content. Avoid green tea and aspirin, because both reduce the clotting of the platelets.
- Other stimulants -A stimulant drugs with green tea could increase the blood pressure and heart rate in the body.
Green tea contains high levels of active substances that can cause side effects and interact with other herbs, supplements, or some medicines.
A pregnant or breastfeeding women, with heart problems or high blood pressure, kidney or liver disorders, stomach ulcers, or anxiety diseases should not consume green tea.