Green tea known and unknown facts
Among all the different Tea, more hype is about Green tea. In this article I will be mentioning about the benefits and side-effects of Green tea
Health benefits of green tea
- Green tea helps in cancer prevention
According to National Cancer Institute, the elements present in green tea like polyphenol shows to decrease the growth of tumours. Tests have been proven in animal studies. In countries where green tea is consumed more amount, cancer rates have decreased. Consumption of green tea can help in following cancers
Urinary bladder cancer
Cancer of Oesophagus
Polyphenols in green tea helps to prevent the multiplication of cancerous still and prevents it from growing.
- Green tea and Heart benefits
The contents of green tea like Catechins and polyphenol has protective effects on cardiovascular system
It is seen that people who dring at least 5 cups of green tea per day have less Cardiovascular diseases comparative to people who do not drink green tea at all.
- Green tea lowers bad cholesterol
Regular consumption of green tea either in the form of tea or capsule has shown to decrease the level of low-density lipoprotein or LDL, the bad cholesterol
- Green tea decreases stroke risk
Drinking green tea on a regular basis helps to prevent the risk of stroke. It is advised to add green tea in once regular diet.
- Green tea and weight loss
Green tea is zero calorie beverage. The chemical compounds of green tea helps to control hunger and burns the belly fat. Green tea has been shown to increase fat burning and boost the basal metabolic rate of the body
- Green tea and brain function
Green tea has been proven to make a person more smart. The chemical compounds of green tea increases the connections of the neurons and release of neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine. Green tea also helps in decreasing the rest of Alzheimer’s disease
- Green tea and antioxidants
Green tea has five times more antioxidants that an apple. Antioxidants are necessary to keep a person active and is excellent for good skin. Green tea is excellent for the skin conditions. It is helpful in treating inflammations and dandruff.
Side effects of green tea
- Due to its caffeine content which is less compared to that of coffee people who are sensitive to caffeine must avoid having Green tea.
- Green tea is a minimal blood thinner. People who take aspirin or other blood thinners medicines must avoid green tea.
- Green tea causes insomnia if taken in large amount.
- Green tea intake must be avoided and hypothyroidism.
How to prepare green tea?
The taste of green tea is bitter. The bitterness is formed by allowing the green tea bag to soak in water for a long time. Green tea can be enjoyed with its mild taste which is equally beneficial. When green tea bags soaked it in the mug of hot water for more than a minute it turns Bitter.
Soak the Green tea bags for 45-55 seconds, and the green tea bags can be reused.
If the green tea leaves are used, keep it for maximum of 1 minute in boiling hot water and sieve it immediately
Different flavours of Green tea are available. Use the one that fits your taste buds. To add some natural flavours one can use honey, cinnamon; Ginger and lime.