Friday, August 12, 2011

10 Reasons To Start Drinking Green Tea Today

Article was first published on Bukisa
Sedentary lifestyles and growing pressures have given our society a list of fatal attackers like Diabetes, hypertension, heat attacks, cancer, depression to name a few and as the famous saying goes “Prevention is always better than a cure” slowly we are moving towards our ancient natural remedies to counter these deadly diseases even before they raise their ugly face. 


Among many such natural remedies, Green Tea has found substantial following and its loyal takers swear by the list of benefits it records. Green Tea originated in China some 4000 years ago. Nadine Taylor in her book Green Tea: The Natural Secret for a Healthier Life mentions that Chinese are using Green tea for medicinal purposes since the time immemorial.


The new scientific researches being carried out from time to time only cements the very fact that Green Tea benefits are numerous.  Recently University of Purdue researchers concluded that catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) a compound found in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. 

There is also research indicating that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol thus maintaining the blood pressures and cutting significantly the risk of heart diseases

Health Benefits of Green Tea

1.    Green Tea Prevents Cancer
2.    Green Tea Lowers high Cholesterol levels
3.    Green Tea Prevents Heart diseases
4.    Green Tea Prevents Infections like cough, colds n flues
5.    Green Tea Strengthens immune system
6.    Green Tea Prevents rheumatoid arthritis
7.    Green Tea Prevents tooth decay
8.    Green Tea Has Anti  ageing properties
9.    Green Tea Helps in Weight loss
10.  Green Tea Improves skin texture. 

Apart from curing above mentioned health conditions, Green Tea has proved helpful in curing Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) as it reduces inflammation associated with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, two types of known IBDs. 

Green Tea cures diabetes too by controlling the blood sugar levels. A few small clinical studies have found that daily supplementation of the diet with green tea-extract powder lowered the hemoglobin A1c level in individuals with borderline diabetes. Not only this, but as per studies Green Tea also protects the liverfrom damaging effects of alcohol. Results from several animal and human studies suggest that one of the polyphenols present in green tea, known as catechin, may help treat viral hepatitis (inflammation of the liver from a virus). 

Green Tea Harmful Effects

Insomnia (loss of sleep) can be the only harmful effect that too from over drinking that can be accorded to Green Tea as it contains smaller amounts of caffeine even though its way too less than what is found in coffee ( Approx 30 – 60 mg of caffeine for about 6 – 8 ounces of Green Tea compared to 100 mg of caffeine with same amount of coffee ) and can be easily regulated
Given the medicinal benefits Green Tea imparts, It beautifully justifies the famous Chinese proverb "Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one."

“The information presented here is for general purpose; kindly consult your physician before taking any medication/therapy”



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