If the Chinese people have used green tea from simple headache to depression since ancient times, there really must be more health benefits in a cupful of wu yi tea. Evidence that supports the health claims of green tea are continuously sought and proven by scientific studies.
Drinking green tea could reduce certain types of cancer. In fact, a study published in the Journal of National Cancer Institute in the 90s reported that the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women were amazingly decreased by 60 %. A Japanese research published by the Herbs for Health magazine stated that green tea drinkers who consumed more than ten cups daily were unlikely to develop cancer than those who only drank three cups a day. Nowadays, more people are drinking green tea for better health.
How different is the Chinese green tea from oolong and back teas? They all come from the plant Camellia sinensis but the method in producing green tea ensures that the important antioxidants are preserved. Green tea is processed by steaming the leaves of the tea plant preventing the antioxidant catechin polyphenols or epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) to be oxidized.
There is no miracle in green tea. The reason why green tea has countless health benefits is because high EGCG. It is a potent antioxidant which has many benefits such as:
- EGCG reduces cancer cell growth by destroying them but not harming the healthy body cells. A conclusive research at the University of Purdue about green tea compounds showed that it can stop the growth of cancer cells
- EGCG can help lower and regulate the cholesterol levels. An improved ratio between HDL or High-density lipoproteins (good cholesterol) and LDL or low-density lipoproteins (bad cholesterol) has been observed among green tea drinkers. Thrombosis which causes stroke and cardiac arrest is avoided when LDL is decreased.
In terms of fitness, drinking green tea aids in burning the amount of calories in the body according to the November 1999 issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition based from the results of a study at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. People with weight problems drink green tea as part of their weight loss diet.
Green tea aids in destroying bacteria. Dental plaque formation is also checked when one regularly drinks a cup of green tea. Green tea has substances that help prevent food poisoning by killing the bacteria.
With the many benefits of a cupful of green tea, would you still try other beverages? If you treasure your health, you should make green tea part of your daily diet. As the ancient Chinese proverb goes, “Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one.”