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The Health Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea is a very popular drink in China largely due to its medicinal properties. It is used to treat various ailments and maladies, including depre...

 

Green tea is a very popular drink in China largely due to its medicinal properties. It is used to treat various ailments and maladies, including depression and anxiety. Green tea has the same component with that of black tea as they both come from the leaves of a plant called Camellia sinensis. The main difference is in the way they are processed. When green tea is made, the leaves are steamed so that the antioxidant compounds are not altered chemically. In the United States, the green tea is increasingly becoming popular as more scientific research point to the many health benefits of the medicinal beverage.

Medicinal Properties of Green Tea

Based on various scientific studies, there is evidence to suggest that green tea can help fight certain types of cancer and heart disease. It also aids in weight loss by promoting the oxidation of fat. It is also proven to lower cholesterol level and stop the formation of blood clots.

While some of the medicinal properties of green tea have been verified, there are still health claims that have yet to be tested. It is believed to help burn calories, stop the onset of senile dementia, and treat multiple sclerosis, among others. Although there is no substantial evidence to support this claims, there is are also no hard evidence to suggest that they are false. As such, many people still believe that green tea has the potential to be a wonder drink.

The main component present in green tea is polyphenols. They are a type of antioxidant that helps fight free radicals in the body. This is what makes green tea a healthy drink. However, it also contains caffeine so excessive consumption can cause side effects including anxiety, diarrhea, insomnia, restlessness, heart palpitations, and frequent urination.

Green Tea In Various Forms

Green tea is widely available in teabag form, which can be enjoyed hot or cold. They also come in ready made softdrinks so it saves you time as there’s no preparation involved. Green tea extracts are also used in various food products like ice cream, cakes, and other delectable desserts. They are primarily used as an herbal supplement and can be added to homemade recipes.

Since green tea has antioxidants, it is also used in non-food products. Green tea is present in several beauty products available in the market including moisturizers, perfumes, shower gels, soaps, and cleansers. It is also used in aromatherapy candles, potpourri and even air fresheners. Clearly, green tea is very versatile that it can be used in many consumer products. In fact, it is so popular that more new products containing green tea extracts are being introduced to consumers.