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Is Green Tea your Cup of Tea?

If you listen to our podcast, you will more than likely hear us talk about green tea in nearly every episode… there’s a reason for that. Green tea is an incredible drink that is loaded with health benefits.

Green tea began in China but was quickly passed along to other countries all throughout Asia. It is said that the first tea itself was discovered accidentally when the Emperor of China was tending to a pot of boiling water (as boiling your water before drinking prevents disease) when leaves from the tea plant fell in and flavored the water. The Emperor and his court felt incredibly invigorated by the drink.

Throughout the dynasties there was many uses for the green tea plant (camellia sinensis) including cooking, drinking, medicinal purposes, and even being the cause of festivals and competitions to see who could brew the best tea. The craze of it began to spread throughout Asia and Europe through trade as word traveled of this incredible tea used for health benefits, relaxation, and delicious taste that you could not get enough of.

Top 11 Benefits of Green Tea

1. Weight Loss

It's true! Drinking green tea has been shown to increase your metabolism, and the polyphenols found in it increase the fat oxidation rate. If you are looking for that extra boost in your lifestyle to help with those extra pounds, green tea may be just the kick you're looking for!

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2. Glucose Regulation

It has been found that green tea may also be linked to helping regulate glucose levels. This leads to less fat being stored in your body and dramatically slows the increase in your blood sugar. Remember that green tea is used as a helping hand in regulating your blood sugar and should never replace your doctor prescribed treatments.

3. A Healthier Heart

Studies have also shown that green tea relaxes and opens blood vessels which can help them withstand changing blood pressure. This in turn can also decrease the risk of clotting. Ultimately, green tea appears to stave off most signs leading up to heart attacks. So if you're not convinced in drinking this incredible beverage yet, keep reading!

4. Cancer Prevention

It is believed that green tea has the ability to kill and prevent cancer cells while protecting all of the healthy cells in your body. The tea contains EGCG which in a laboratory environment showed that cancer cells are literally unable to grow with this exposure. This could make green tea one of the most effective natural preventatives to date. On top of prevention, EGCG has also been shown to kill cancer cells already present in the system!

5. Good and Bad Cholesterol

Green tea has also been shown to lower bad cholesterol and improve good cholesterol. Didn't know there was such a thing as good cholesterol? Now you do!

6. A Healthy Brain

A study done on mice showed that green tea not only prevented brain deterioration but actually helped to heal damaged brain cells as well. This would also help prevent and delay deterioration such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's.

7. Avoid the Dentist!

Don't actually avoid your dentist.. but green tea also contains catechin which is incredible for your oral health! Catechin is a chemical antioxidant that has been shown to kill bacteria and virus' in your throat, stop dental caries, and many other dental problems.

8. Blood Pressure

As mentioned before, green tea can prevent heart disease by relaxing vessels in the body. This in turn can also help to regulate high blood pressure as the blood is less restricted as it flows.

9. Depression

Even back thousands of years, green tea is revered for its health AND therapeutic. Even the smell of green tea can do wonders for your mind and body. The reason for this is due to an amino acid called theanine which has been shown to provide a relaxing and peaceful effect on the body and mind.

10. Get Sick Less

Green tea is packed full of anti-viral and anti-bacterial agents which make them effective for everything from influenza to cancer as discussed in another point. The agents within green tea have also been shown to prevent the spread of disease making green tea useful for the sick as well as the healthy for their various purposes.

11. Defy Aging

The wonders of green tea do not just stop inside of your body and mind, they can even have an effective benefit on the outside too! Green tea has been shown to eliminate wrinkles and signs of aging. This is due to the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties found within green tea. Applied topically, it has even been shown to reduce damage caused by the sun.

A pile of green tea leaves dried out and ready for consumption

 

How much is too much?

It is still unknown exactly how much is the exact amount of tea to drink per day. Some say you only need 2 cups of tea per day while others say you will need 10 cups in order to see the full benefits. If you are still looking for an average, the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) recommends drinking 2-3 cups per day. If you are wanting to pursue green tea in your diet, you may want to consider alternative sources such as supplements (which will keep you out of the restroom). It is also worth mentioning that due to the tannins present in the tea itself that you should not drink it if you are pregnant or trying to conceive as it decreases the absorption of iron and folic acid. Also, green tea contains a high amount of caffeine so if you are sensitive to caffeine in any way, definitely do not overdo it.

How to Brew Green Tea

1. Start with good water and good tea. Water should be filtered, not distilled. Spring water often has the sweetest taste, but well-filtered tap water can be just as good. Bring the water to a low boil. You should see small bubbles coming up quickly in strings like pearls.

2. Brew green tea in smaller cups instead of big pots. A general rule is brewing no more than a 6-8 ounce quantity at a time. You can use a gaiwan, ceramic teapot, tempered glass tumbler, or any cup with a brew basket. Try 3-4 grams of leaf for a cup of water. You can estimate with about two teaspoons if you need to.

3. After adding the green tea leaves, slowly pour the water into the cup or pot. Do not cover the green tea while it is steeping. Letting the water temperature drop even more while brewing yields a sweeter cup of tea. Steep for about 10-20 seconds. This may seem like a short steeping, but you are using a lot of leaf.

4. Brew your tea again. High quality green tea can be steeped many times. Just increase the steeping a little each time.

-- VerdantTea

If you enjoy tea this will be easier for you. If you are not a fan of green tea or tea in general, consider trying this technique for brewing or consider taking it in supplement form. You can read another effective post on the health benefits of green tea here. If you listen to our podcast, you will know #1. that his post is very much overdue and #2. that there is limitless benefits through the simple change of green tea in your diet!

Watch this video on how to prepare Green Tea the right way!

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References:

http://www.activanaturalsstore.com/blogs/news/44708737-7-reasons-why-green-tea-is-the-healthiest-drink

https://verdanttea.com/what-is-green-tea/

www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/11-benefits-of-green-tea-that-you-didnt-know-about.html

healthyeating.sfgate.com/green-tea-good-much-can-drink-daily-8620.html

https://www.cancertutor.com/greentea/

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