Over the past two years, tea has made a notable stir in the world of beverage by introducing to us a famous drink called the Milk Tea. Some people from other parts of the world are asking what is so special about the Milk Tea when they are so accustomed to drinking their tea with milk, just like how we do with coffee.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMM), tea is now the most widely consumed beverage, running second to water. It is believed that Emperor Shen Nong discovered tea in 2700 BC when a draft of wind blew some tea leaves into a kettle of boiling water.
Green tea is said to be the most unfermented type of tea, and from the root word ferment meaning “to agitate, excite and confuse”, green tea can be considered as the most virgin of all types of tea. Because it is highly unfermented, it also contains the highest amount of powerful antioxidants called “polyphenols” or sometimes called “catechins”.
The word polyphenol is from the two words “poly” meaning many and “phenol”, hydroxyl derivatives of aromatic hydrocarbons. Polyphenols are said to fight free radicals, the super villain that is famous for damaging human cells and altering DNA which may even cause the death of the cell. Catechins are more powerful than Vitamins C and E in providing protection from cell damage. Like any other food or beverage, green tea is best consumed when it is unprocessed and freshly brewed.
The health benefits of drinking tea has been famous over the years since people has grown more health conscious. Here, we tackle some of the ever-famous health benefits of drinking green tea, as well as the not so popular benefits that people not know of.
Green tea is said to be antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral because of the bacteria-destroying properties it has due to the presence of polyphenols, that is why green tea is very much recommended in treating genital warts or severe sepsis, an abnormal immune system response to bacteria. It is found to help control bleeding and aid in healing wounds because of its anticlogging effect. Green Tea Catechins make potent antithrombotic effect by the inhibition of platelet aggregation or the blood clot formation.
It is also said that green tea prevents dental cavities by acting as a cleaning agent, compared to drinking colas, which actually promotes yellowing of the teeth due to its color.
2. A great help for diabetics (and those who on the borderline)
Green Tea is famous for diabetics because it helps in the regulation of blood sugar in the body. Green tea may help in prevention of developing diabetes or help slow down its progression once it has found to developed already in the body. Green tea is found to have a property that regulates glucose in the body and helps transform this glucose into energy. Hence, we move now to the third point.
3. Diuretic and aids in weight loss
A common advice from doctors when patients ask simple ways to get rid of love handles and unwanted fats is drinking green tea. Green tea helps in getting rid of excess body fats by increasing the body’s metabolism and providing a feeling of fullness.
It also helps burn fat and increases a person’s endurance in physical activities by properly utilizing fatty acids like in the aforementioned conversion of glucose into active energy.
4. Improves mental processes and prevent cognitive impairment
According to The Archives of Internal Medicine in a research conducted by the Harvard University, green tea drinkers who consume less than 2 and a half cups of green tea per day are 46% less prone to hypertension while people who drink more than 2 and a half cups of green tea are 65% less prone to it.
The polyphenols and EGCG (epigalocatechin-3-gallate) content in green tea are strong antioxidants that help in memory retention.
The possibility of developing progressive diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease are also lessened also due to the presence of these powerful catechin polyphenols that promote neuroprotective activities and activates survival genes. Drinking 2 cups of green tea a day lessens the chance of having cognitive impairments by a notable 50%.
Over all, green tea promotes longevity and prevents death from all natural causes. When combining all the aforementioned risks and diseases prevented by green tea, life can be noticeably lengthened.
Having said that, it is advisable to drink green tea than sodas and other artificially flavored drinks. There are a lot of benefits we can get from drinking green tea whether or not we have disease or not. Let us just look up to the Japanese who are self-proclaimed tea drinkers and are found to be the longest living human beings on the planet in this era. Anyway, green tea will not be hailed to be a magnificent beverage and it would not be THAT famous for nothing.
Alexis Thompson is a former Mountain Backpacker, green tea lover and a 26 year old health conscious mother of 2 daughters, Sophie and Rhian. She is into almost all types of Music especially The Fray and Hillsong. She also has a passion in Singing and Scrap Booking.