Green Tea is one of the oldest Herbal teas. While green tea originated in China and other parts of Asia, in the recent times it has become famous because of its properties that helps to reduce weight.
In addition to weight reduction, it has a lot of other benefits. Let us take a look at some of the benefits of green tea.
Key benefits of green tea
Green tea has a specific compound called Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) that helps to melt fat from large intestines. Bad fat is converted into body absorbable fat and as a result reduces the weight/cholesterol in the body.
According to the National Cancer Institute, the polyphenols in tea have been shown to decrease tumor growth in laboratory (animal studies) and may protect against damage caused by ultraviolet UVB radiation. Study shows that green tea drinkers had 50% lesser chances of having pancreatic cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer and oral cancer, when compared to non-green tea drinkers.
As green tea helps to keep cholesterol in control, it reduces the risk of blockages in your heart. Catechins and polyphenolic compounds present in green tea helps to keep your heart healthy.
Green tea has antibacterial qualities and it hence helps to reduce cavities and bad breath when consumed on a regular basis. The anti-inflammatory compound helps to keep your gums in a good condition. And it also helps to keep your enamel shiny!
Your skin remains young and healthy due to the large amounts of anti-oxidants present in green tea. It is also said to have properties that reduce inflammation on the skin and probably can help cure allergies. Drinking green tea in the morning on an empty stomach would be the best way to consume it.
Continuous consumption of green tea helps to reduce your stress level at a greater extent. This is a noteworthy benefit since most problems are caused due to the sole underlying reason – stress.
How to include Green tea in your diet
Dried green tea leaves are available. You can make a simple herbal tea with this.
Steps to make green tea:
- Take 250 ml of water and allow it to boil.
- Add two teaspoons of green tea leaves to this water and allow it to boil for a couple of minutes.
- Switch the stove off and allow the water to cool a bit.
- Strain the leaves and add a few drops of honey to the tea.
Green tea is consumed with a spoon of honey for better taste. A small piece of ginger and lemon can also be mixed in the drink. For those of you who would like to make this your drink at work, you could carry some green tea bags with you. These are easily available as well.
Green tea capsules are also available in the market and check with a physician to take the required /correct amount.
We get to know the goodness and benefits of Green tea because it is spoken about a lot, but the side effects are often overlooked.
Consumption and external application of green tea is considered to be safe on most of the adults. Drinking too much of Green tea (more than 5 cups) per day, can cause you many side effects.
Side effects can be
- Irritable bowel syndrome(IBS)
- Irregular heartbeat
- Sleeping issues
Who should avoid green tea?
- People who suffer from peptic ulcer, should not consume green tea by any means. The component tannis present in green tea, causes stomach pain and constipation.
- Those who have iron deficiency, should restrict the amount of green tea consumed. While green tea it healthy, studies shows that it might reduce the ability to absorb iron from food we consume. (If need to have green tea, adding lemon extract in the tea helps to absorb little iron)
- If you have low tolerance on caffeine, you should definitely avoid having more than 2 cups a day. Like any other beverage, green tea has caffeine. High consumption of caffeine can affect the calcium absorption in your system.
- Pregnant and nursing women should not consume green tea. You should also exercise precaution to cut caffeine as much as possible.
If you suffer from osteoporosis, glaucoma, liver related disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes or a heart condition, it is safe if you avoid green tea.
Please note: You should never give green tea to small children. (even if they are obese).
Anything consumed in proper quantity, is good for health!!
The Ancient Connect:
Ayurvedic reference: Tea decoction and their making have been specified in Ayurveda: Kwatha as it is referred to in Charaka Samhita of the Vedas, explains how this tea is used in the treatment of various diseases and illnesses. According to Charaka Samhita, Kwatha is prepared by boiling herbal leaves in water.