Benefits of drinking green tea and more

Green tea has lot of health benefits. It also helps prevent certain types of cancers and obesity. Researches reveals the people who drinks green tea has long lifespan than the others. There are few types of green teas by its processing method. Three to five cups of green tea a day can do you a lot of good.

Benefits of drinking green tea and more

What is green tea

All true teas as distinct from herbal and flower infusions, which tea lovers call tisanes are made from the leaves of a magnolia-related evergreen tree with the botanical name of Camellia sinensis. Although reaching a height of 30 feet in the wild, on tea plantations, the plant is kept as a shrub, constantly pruned to a height of about 3 feet to encourage new growth and for convenient picking.

Tea plants grow only in warm climates but can flourish at altitudes ranging from sea level to 7,000 feet. The best teas, however, are produced by plants grown at higher altitudes where the leaves mature more slowly and yield a richer flavor. Depending upon the altitude, a new tea plant may take from 2 ½ to 5 years to be ready for commercial picking, but once productive, it can provide tea leaves for close to a century.

Tea plants produce abundant foliage, a camellia-like flower, and a berry, but only the smallest and youngest leaves are picked for tea: the two leaves and buds at the top of each young shoot. The growth of new shoots, called a flush, can occur every week at lower altitudes but takes several weeks at higher ones. The new leaves are picked by hand by "tea pluckers," the best of whom can harvest 40 pounds per day, enough to make 10 pounds of tea.

All tea plants belong to the same species-Camellia sinensis-, but local growing conditions (altitude, climate, soils, etc.) vary, resulting in a multitude of distinctive leaves. The way the leaves are processed, however, is even more important in developing the individual characteristics of the three predominant types of tea: green, black and oolong.

Green tea is the least processed and thus provides the most antioxidant polyphenols, notably a catechin called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which is believed to be responsible for most of the health benefits linked to green tea. We’ll talk about EGCG a little bit later, but it is this component of green tea that makes it such a healing and advantageous drink.

Green tea is made by briefly steaming the just harvested leaves, rendering them soft and pliable and preventing them from fermenting or changing color. After steaming, the leaves are rolled, then spread out and "fired" (dried with hot air or pan-fried in a wok) until they are crisp. The resulting greenish-yellow tea has a green, slightly astringent flavor close to the taste of the fresh leaf.

Green tea has always been, and remains today, the most popular type of tea from China where most historians and botanists believe the tea plant originated throughout all of Asia. Why is this so? Perhaps because green tea not only captures the taste, aroma and color of spring, but delivers this delightful bouquet along with the highest concentration of beneficial phytonutrients and the least caffeine of all the teas.

The key to the amazing health benefits that are derived from consuming green tea is that the leaves are steamed which preserves the EGCG compound from being oxidized. Other teas are fermented which breaks down the natural EGCG and takes away from its healing properties.

In fact, green tea has a very long and storied history dating back thousands and thousands of years. It can be quite fascinating to know what the Chinese have known for centuries.

Benefits of green tea

Green tea, which has greatly increased in popularity, is a genuine tea. Although it has always been popular in China, Japan and Taiwan, green tea has recently undergone a surge in popularity throughout the rest of the world.

Historically, green tea has always been thought to have special healing properties. Modern studies and research have concluded that, to this day, green tea possesses undeniable health benefits. Physicians do not have to prescribe it and patients are eager to learn about it’s historic healing properties.

Arthritis is a painful ailment that affects the body’s joints. It can be painful to walk, stand up or make even the slightest movements that would otherwise go unnoticed. While there is no known cure for arthritis, green tea is believed to aid in it’s treatment.

MS, which is the abbreviated usage to describe Multiple Sclerosis, is also a very painful illness that gradually takes away usage of movement. Green tea is thought to possibly aid in the treatment of MS.

As mentioned earlier, green tea has been long since linked to the treatment or healing of certain illnesses. It requires no prescription, is readily available at most retail and online stores and is very affordable. Green tea is also found online at many specialty and health stores, which may offer special discounted pricing or bulk availability. With a taste that is unique and unmistakable, green tea was used in ancient medicine and is believed to help in traditional treatments as well.

This article is intended to be used for informational purposes only. It is not to be used in place of, or in conjunction with, professional medical advice or a doctor’s recommendation. Prior to beginning any green tea treatment regimen, individuals should consult a physician for proper diagnosis and/or treatment. The use of green tea may cause some individuals to experience an upset stomach, so moderation is the key here. If you have any stomach problems or become extremely sick after using green tea, consult a physician.

Green tea has received a lot of attention in recent years because it has been shown in research to be very effective at preventing many diseases and even in treating some. The natural antioxidants in green tea make it one of the most powerful health protectors you can consume as part of your diet. Green tea may be effective in:

1. Lowering Cholesterol

Tea has been shown to be effective in lowering LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol). It appears that tea’s antioxidants work with HDL cholesterol to help transport bad cholesterol to the liver, where it can be passed from the body. Tea also appears to inhibit the formation of abnormal blood clots, which are the leading cause of heart attacks and strokes.

2. Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis 

Tea’s antioxidants may have the power to help prevent rheumatoid arthritis. In some studies, it has even been suggested that green tea may be able to ease symptoms of those already suffering with this disease.

3. Help Lose Weight

Tea’s combination of catechins and caffeine appear to speed up the metabolism and may help with weight loss. In addition, it appears that using green tea as a diet supplement causes fewer instances of jitteriness and rapid heart rate than other diet supplements. It may also help regulate insulin in the body, which can be beneficial for diabetics. Many studies have shown that lifelong tea drinkers tend to weigh less and have less body fat than non tea drinkers.

How to Lose weight with green tea

Research done in Switzerland in the 1990s showed that overweight subjects taking a green tea supplement while eating a normal diet became able to burn more calories than those who were not taking the green tea pill. Green tea works to accomplish this by increasing the rate of metabolism in the body, which is called thermogenesis. As well, when using green tea and losing weight, one tends to lose more fat than you would if you were not drinking green tea. This leads to a much healthier body in the end.

i. Burn More Calories, Lose More Fat

Research done in Switzerland in the 1990s showed that overweight subjects taking a green tea supplement while eating a normal diet became able to burn more calories than those who were not taking the green tea pill. Green tea works to accomplish this by increasing the rate of metabolism in the body, which is called thermogenesis. As well, when using green tea and losing weight, one tends to lose more fat than you would if you were not drinking green tea. This leads to a much healthier body in the end.

ii. Eat Less!

The most obvious thing you need to do when using green tea and losing weight is to eat less food, like with any diet plan. Unlike most other plans, green tea will help you with this, as it acts as a natural control on your appetite, telling your brain that you are full after you have eaten food instead of leaving you wanting to overeat.

4. Prevent Alzheimer’s disease 

Alzheimer's Disease, which is a neurological illness commonly affecting the elderly, gradually causes one’s memory to be reduced until there is sometimes nothing familiar about their environment.

Green tea is believed to stop certain neurodegenerative illnesses. Studies suggest that tea drinkers may also be less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Though the subject requires far more research, it has also been suggested that green tea’s potent antioxidants may even have the power to slow down the progress of Alzheimer’s disease..

Most people in the Western world still drink black tea over green tea. But, as you can see, there are many health reasons to make green tea a part of your regular diet. Green tea may be an important way to protect your health and prevent disease. And, it’s delicious, too!

5. Reducing your risk of some forms of cancer 

Cancer is one of the most devastating illnesses in the United States. For years, researchers have sought a way to prevent or cure the disease. Current treatments include radiation, chemotherapy and various forms of medication. Green tea is also believed to aid in the prevention and/or treatment of cancer.

Many different studies have supported the finding that green tea can prevent and possibly even help treat some forms of cancer. The first interest in green tea’s health benefits resulted from statistics showing that Asian cultures, where green tea is the most commonly consumed beverage, have the lowest incidences of cancer in the world.

Some studies have even shown that green tea compounds can inhibit the growth of cancer cells, slowing the progress of the disease. It appears that tea may be most effective at preventing bladder, colon, rectal, esophageal, bladder, liver, lung, pancreatic cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer.

Different types of green tea

If you try to buy green tea in a supermarket that you’ll only find one kind of green tea the kind with ‘green tea’ written on the packet. The green tea that these packets contain tends to be of the absolute lowest quality, and so they are best avoided.

In Japan, green tea drinkers prefer Sencha, a sweeter kind of green tea. more the kind of tea you could drink every day, but none the worse for it. Sencha is also more readily available over here than Chinese green teas tend to be, and there is a slightly cheaper version called Bancha as well.

The sweetest kind of green tea is Macha, the tea used in the Japanese tea ceremonies. It is very expensive and very nice, and tastes more like a luxury dessert than the everyday tea you’re probably used to – in Japan, it is a popular flavour of sweets and ice cream. If you ever get a chance to drink Macha, it’s well worth trying, because it really is the king of green teas.

Ceylon green teas are grown in Sri Lanka. Tea is grown in the highlands of Sri Lanka. Ceylon green teas have a full body and are somewhat pungent with a nutty or malty flavor. Ceylon green teas have a very bright and bold flavor.

The leaves are darker before brewing and brew a darker liquor, that is richer than most Asian green teas. Most Ceylon green teas are named using the same system as Chinese teas, with leaf shapes like gunpowder.

Compare green tea with other teas

For years, green tea was consumed almost exclusively in Asia. For centuries, green tea has been used by Chinese herbalists to treat many health maladies from menstrual difficulties to headaches. In China and Japan, most people drink green tea all day long.

However, here in the Western world it has gained popularity only in the last few years. There are many ways to enjoy green tea, and many things to learn about it. There are several differences between green tea and other types of tea.

1. Processing 

Green tea comes from the same plant as black tea, but it is processed differently. Green tea, however, is not fermented like black tea.

Green tea leaves are laid out to wither for about 8 to 24 hours after plucking to allow most of the water to evaporate. Next, to prevent the oxidation (fermentation) process, the leaves are steamed or pan fried. Finally the leaves are rolled and then dried again, unlike black tea leaves, which are cut.

Green tea processing methods

The many different varieties of green tea are classified, in part, by the method in which they are dried. The five methods of drying green tea include:

i. Stir Frying 

Fresh tea leaves are sauteed in a pan. This process is mainly used for export teas. Stir frying gives green a strong fragrance and taste. Some common varieties of green tea that are stir fried include gunpowder teas and Dragon Well teas.

ii. Roasting

Tea leaves are dried in a roast basket or roast chest. In most cases roasted teas are used as the basis for flower scented teas. Roasting keeps the leaves intact and makes them appear as though covered in a white fluff. Monkey king teas are roasted.

iii. Semi-roast and semi fry

Sometimes the stir frying and roasting methods are combined. This method is used in order to retain the beautiful look of a roasted leaf combined with the strong fragrance and taste of stir fried tea.

iv. Solar drying

This is the age old method, whereby leaves are dried in the sun. Today these leaves are typically used as the basis for compressed teas. These are the “green tea cakes” you sometimes see.

v. Steaming

The leaves are steamed at a very high temperature to dry them. The most famous steamed green tea is Sencha.

2. Flavor 

Because green tea is in a very natural state, it tastes more like a plant than black tea. Most people describe green tea as having a somewhat “grassy” taste. It is green and somewhat pale in color, and can become bitter if over brewed. Green tea can have subtleties and differences in aroma and flavor based on the variety of the tea plant and the region in which the tea is grown.

In addition, there are many flavored green teas. Green teas are blended with herbs or fruit to create a wide variety of flavors. Many people who don’t enjoy the taste of plain green tea love the combination of green tea with other flavors.

3. Serving method 

Green tea needs cooler water than any other tea for proper brewing.

Water for green tea should be purified and heated to about 160°F. It can be enjoyed with sweetener, milk or lemon if you prefer. Green tea can also be enjoyed cold. Keeping a pitcher of iced green tea in your refrigerator lets you enjoy its health benefits all day long.

4. Caffeine Content 

Green tea contains only about half the amount of caffeine as black tea. Black tea contains about 40 mg of caffeine per serving, while green tea contains just 20. In addition, caffeine in tea has been shown to be less likely to cause jitters than other caffeinated beverages.

How to spot good quality green tea

With all the complicated categories of green tea, it can be difficult to know which ones to dry. Understanding the different drying methods and how they affect the flavor of the tea will give you a good start, as you can select varieties dried in the method that produces the taste you prefer. However, when it comes to selecting the best quality of this variety, you have little to go on. There are a couple of ways to spot good quality tea:

i. Form

Loose tea is higher quality than bagged tea. Whether it’s black tea, green tea or white tea, you can bet that the lowest quality leaves are the ones used in tea bags. For good tea, always try to buy loose tea.

ii. Price

If loose green tea is really inexpensive, it’s probably not very good quality. Shop around to get a good idea of a fair price for good loose green tea so that you can accurately judge prices.

iii. Reputation of Tea Company

One of the best ways to ensure that you get good tea is to buy from a tea company with a reputation for selling only the highest quality teas. This is particularly important when shopping online.

It’s true that there are many varieties of green tea. But, that’s what makes trying green tea so much fun! There’s almost no end to the many flavors and nuances you can find in the different varieties of green tea. You’re sure to want to try them all!

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