The Marvelous Green Tea

Certainly, everybody has heard something good about green tea. You probably thought of drinking it when you went on a diet. You might have seen it in beauty products, health clinics and spas. There are many testimonies that proclaim the marvels of green tea. And, indeed, green tea is really great! It is like a panacea for almost all illnesses.

The best thing it can do is prevent those illnesses and help you stay fit. It depends on you whether you want to have green tea instead of coffee at breakfast time or as a refresher before you go to bed or both. There is no such thing as drinking green tea excessively. You will certainly not get potbelly nor have a hangover. The recommended dosage however is two to four cups a day. It will be very good for your health and your figure. Do not forget the universal beverage of all, though – water. Drink lots of this as well.  

The tea plant Camelia Sinensis is the source of green tea. It may come as a surprise to know that it is not only green tea that came from this plant; the fact is many teas such as oolong tea, black tea, and white tea also come from Camelia Sinensis. They only differ in the processing method of the plant. Green tea leaves are dried and steamed but not fermented.

What is it that green tea has that makes it so good for the body? It has a bioflavonoid called catechin, a type of polyphenol that is a very effective antioxidant. This crystalline matter comes from catechu that is used in various dyes and tanning agents.

Digging more info about catechins, a study on it concluded that green tea extracts added in oolong tea can significantly lower a person’s body weight than ordinary teas. The 35 Japanese male participants in the study had similar waistline sizes and weights and were given the same meals. After only three months, significant decrease in the overall body fat, waistline sizes and LDL cholesterol level was seen.

Another study conducted in Switzerland revealed that two to three cups of green tea each day can increase the body’s metabolism processes thus burning additional 80 calories a day without speeding up one’s heart rate. Furthermore, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition stated that green tea has been proven to raise one’s fat oxidation and energy usage plus promote body’s production of body heat or thermogenesis. The body loses weight fast because green tea speeds up the body’s metabolism, burn more calories and fight fat. Thus, regular intake of green tea will help your body reduce its cholesterol level and burn more calories. That is why green tea is famous as a slimming agent.

In addition to these findings, green tea is beneficial in preventing the following illnesses: atherosclerosis, liver cell injury, myocardial ischemia, hypertension, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson’s disease, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer. The formation of blood clot is also prevented. Also, because it significantly decreases the level of LDL or bad cholesterol, patients with heart ailments who drink green true will have better chances of recovery.

Green tea has chemoprevention properties that prevent carcinogenesis, thus becoming therapeutic for patients with cancer. It also delays the growth of tumors and the start of diabetes.

Moreover, green tea is also good for your skin. A lot of spa clinics offer green tea spa treatment to rejuvenate your skin and protect it from free radicals. Applying lotion with green tea on your skin can help prevent skin cancer.

Whatever way we look at it, green tea is truly wonderful for our body. It can accelerate your body’s metabolism, aid you to lose weight, lessen your total body fat, burn more calories and prevent many diseases. By just including green tea to your everyday diet can be meaningful to your overall well-being. Why not substitute green to all the junk you drink each day.

Drink green tea in the morning. Replace sodas with green tea. Instead of drinking beer before bedtime, try green tea. Also, buy creams and lotions with green tea extract to improve your complexion. Green tea, healthy diet, and exercise in your daily routine will bring you a healthy, long life.

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