Green tea is considered a “wonder drug” because of its healthy contribution in human diets. Its antioxidant properties fight successfully against cancer, but not only.
Green tea description
Green tea is made from Camellia sinensis, an Asian plant, originating from China, Japan and South Korea. Oolong tea and black tea are prepared from the same plant as the green tea. A special feature of this type of tea is the ability to block the natural process of fermentation: after being picked, its leaves are steamed, dried and then rolled, thus blocking fermentation.
Due to its constituents, it acts as an antioxidant, diuretic, cerebral and fattening burning stimulator, and also as a cancer protector.
Green tea has been the subject of many scientific and medical studies so as to determine its health benefits. It seems that regular green tea drinkers may have a lower risk of developing heart diseases and certain types of cancer.
There are several types of green tea available on the market: Bancha Tea, Chun Hao Tea , Dao Ren Tea , Dragonwell Tea , Genmaicha Tea , Gunpowder , Gyokuro Tea , Hojicha Tea , Kai Hua Long Ding Tea, Kukicha Tea , Matcha Tea , Sencha Tea , White Monkey Tea.
Green Tea brewing
To prepare green tea, use: two grams of tea per 100ml of water, or one teaspoon of green tea per five ounce cup.
Green tea steeping time varies from thirty seconds to two, three minutes. The temperature differs as well, from 140°F to 190°F.
Consumers recommend that lower-quality green teas to be steeped hotter and longer and higher-quality teas to be steeped cooler and shorter. In case of steeping the green tea too hot or too long, the resulting beverage is bitter and astringent.
Green Tea benefits
Green Tea lowers the risk of cancer.
Studies have shown the green tea’s contribution against tumors growth, due to its high content of antioxidants, able to fight free radicals which are responsible for cancer spreading.
Green Tea lowers the risk of stroke and heart diseases.
The formation of blood clots (or thrombosis) is the main cause of the heart attacks and strokes. Green Tea has been acknowledged to exhibit abnormal blood clot formation.
Green Tea lowers blood pressure.
Green Tea is proven to block the effects of an enzyme secreted by the kidneys, considered to be one of the main causes of hypertension.
Green Tea prevents tooth decay.
Dental plaque and bacterial colonies that occur on the tooth surfaces and cause tooth decay can be inhibited by one of the compounds of the green tea. Also, this beverage has been shown to be effective against fighting gum diseases.
Green Tea inhibits viruses
Studies revealed that green tea can kill certain bacteria and staphs. It blocks the development of several viruses such as viral hepatitis.
Green tea has also been successful in:
- Slowing early aging;
- The treatment of physical or intellectual fatigue;
- Treating fast cold and flu recovery;
- Preventing allergenic reactions;
- Balancing body fluids;
- Improving the immune function of the epidermis;
- Preventing and mending arthritis;
- Improving bone structure
Green Tea side effects
Green tea is not recommended to patients suffering from high blood pressure, gastric acid secretion, gastritis and ulcer.
Due to the amount of caffeine contained, scientists advise a reduced consumption of green tea for pregnant and nursing women.
Also, this tea should not be drunk after 5 p.m., because the consumption may lead to insomnia, palpitations and agitation.
Green tea is a well known beverage, especially due to its medicinal contribution to a large array of diseases such as arthritis, heart diseases and several types of cancer.