Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Amazing Benefits of Green Tea

After living in China for over two years, I've discovered the importance of green tea within Chinese culture. While coffee is the caffeinated drink of choice for Americans, green tea is far more popular than coffee in China. After researching the benefits of green tea, I'm becoming more and more convinced that it's a better choice than coffee. Here are a few reasons why:

1) Green Tea Is Clean. Unlike black tea, green tea is almost always free of lead and other heavy metal contaminates (link). Coffee, on the other hand? "A cup of coffee now and then is not going to add a lot of toxic metals to the body.  However, habitual use can add significant lead, according to our experience with hair mineral testing.  All the toxic metals are quite harmful, so it makes little sense to add more to the body" (Link).

2) Green Tea Relaxes. "Theanine, an amino acid present in green tea but not in coffee, relaxes and soothes even as the caffeine lifts you up" (Link).

3) Less Caffeine. Green tea has less caffeine than coffee and so it doesn't make you as nervous or "jittery" as coffee. Also, this means you can sip it all day without as many problems.

Caffeine content:
Cup of Brewed Coffee 8 oz. (237 mL)    95-200 mg caffeine
Cup of  Green tea         8 oz. (237 mL)    24-45 mg caffeine

4) Better Antioxidants. Green tea contains a specific type of antioxidant known as catechins, which are known to help with cancer prevention (Link). While coffee does contain some great antioxidants, it does not contain catechins.

5) Better Skin. Green has a great reputation for fighting acne (Link) while coffee has been reported to trigger acne in some people (Link). Also, polyphenols in green tea may protect against damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) B radiation (Link).

6) Better Hair. Green tea can help prevent hair loss and even lead to regrowth of hair (Link).

7) Fights Arthritis - "A team of US researchers have discovered that a compound in green tea could have the potential to treat joint pain, inflammation and tissue damage in sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis" (Link).

8) Protect Against Alzheimer's - Green Tea May Prevent Alzheimer's Disease, Say Four New Studies (Link).

9) Protects against heart disease - A study of 40,530 Japanese adults found that participants who drank more than five cups of green tea a day had a 26% lower risk of death from heart attack or stroke and a 16% lower risk of death from all causes than people who drank less than one cup of green tea a day (link).

10) Protects against Cancer - In laboratory studies, green tea has been shown to slow or completely prevent cancer developent in colon, liver, breast and prostate cells. Other studies involving green tea have shown similar protective effects in tissues of the lung, skin and digestive tract (Link),

11) Anti-bacterial"Other studies have revealed that green tea has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties as well. This is beneficial in a number of ways. Green tea can protect you from all sorts of fungal infections" (Link).

"Study data clearly demonstrates profound effects of green tea against [a bacteria infection known as] Helicobacter" (Link).

Drinking green tea "increases the production of interferon gamma, which is an infection-fighting substance produced by the body...This was confirmed in several scientific studies" (Link).

12) Anti AIDS Virus "The wonderful polyphenols found in green tea -- specifically epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) -- could become a powerful weapon in the fight against the AIDS virus." (Link)


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