The Health Benefits of Green Tea

The Health Benefits of Green Tea

Author -  Healtheries Naturopath

Find out how you can stay healthy with Green Tea

Green tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant which has been cultivated and consumed for centuries, especially in China and Japan.

What is the difference between green and black tea?

Green and black teas are processed differently to each other. Green tea is made from unfermented tea leaves producing a light, grassy taste; whereas Black tea's rich sweet flavour originates from fully fermented leaves.

Green tea benefits the whole body

Green tea is pleasant to drink all through the day and provides many health benefits, some of these include:

  • Antioxidant power: Green tea provides polyphenols, a powerful group of antioxidant compounds that may help protect cells from free radical damage.
  • Oral health: A study of 940 Japanese men aged 49-59 years showed that drinking green tea can help support healthy gums1.
  • Heart health: Green tea consumption is associated with lower rates of heart problems in Japanese populations2. Drinking green tea may also support healthy cholesterol levels3.

References:

  1. Hosakawa Y, Hosakawa I, Ozaki K, Nakanishi T, Nakae H, Matsuo T. Catechins inhibit CXCLO production from oncostatin M-stimulated human gingival fibroblasts. J Nutr Bioche. 2010, 21:659-64
  2. Sano J, Inami S, Seimiya K, Ohba T, Sakai S, Takano T, Mizuno K. Effects of green tea intake on the development of coronary artery disease. Circ J. 2004; 68 (7); 665-70
  3. Coimbra S, Santos-Silva A, Rocha-Pereira P, Rocha S, Castro E. Green tea consumption improves plasma lipid profiles in adults. Nutr Res. 2006; 26 (11): 604-7
 
 
 
 
 

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