The Benefits of drinking Green Tea
Green tea is a great source of antioxidants and like fruit and vegetables can help you maintain your health as part of a balanced diet and healthy, active lifestyle.
Fermentation is blocked in the preparation of green tea which means all the natural goodness of the green tea leaf is preserved. The fresh green tea leaf is rich in healthy nutrients, Polyphenols, Theanine as well as a wide variety of vitamins and minerals.
The ancient Chinese recognised tea’s important pharmacological properties and described its properties in terms of:
- Energizing the body and contributing to a feeling of well being.
- Diuretic properties which detox and cleanse the body.
- An aid to digestion and an ideal after dinner drink.
Modern science has discovered much more. Most of the modern research has focused on the antioxidant properties of green tea and, in particular, on Catechins – a very powerful antioxidant which appears to be unique to green tea.
This is a family of antioxidants which are often found in healthy foods. Catechins belong to this greater family of antioxidants and are known for being the star performers in the Polyphenol family of antioxidants, they may also target and repair DNA aberrations caused by oxidants which is why green tea is also often used in cosmetics and anti-ageing creams.
Catechins are themselves a specific family and the most powerful member of this specific family is EGCG. Green tea contains high levels of EGCG and most research on the health benefits of green tea concentrates on this ingredient - The BBC reported on the benefits EGCG (Epigallocatchin Gallate) and ECG (Epicatechin Gallate) found in green tea, which is said can help prevent osteoarthritis by blocking the enzyme that destroys cartilage. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2756635.stm
Green Tea Theanine
Green tea is a natural source of Theanine, which is an amino acid found primarily in green tea. Studies on the effects of Theanine suggest that although it creates a feeling of relaxation, it doesn't shut down the brain, so it allows you to be relaxed yet alert at the same time.
There has been a lot of research done on green tea over the last 30 years, but it is only now that the real contribution of green tea to health is beginning to be finally understood. Research published in the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology has shown that green tea may give protection from cancer as reported on the BBC in August 2003. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3125469.stm