Health Benefits of Green Tea
There are three main types of tea: green tea, oolong tea, and black tea, categorized according to their oxidation levels (called the fermentation process). Green tea is steamed, baked, or pan heated to prevent oxidation and thus the leaves remain green.
It’s mainly because of the antioxidant epigallocatechin-3 gallate ( EGCG ), the main component considered good for one’s health which is preserved in green tea which makes it so popular. This is lost in other varieties of tea. Antioxidants are thought to prevent free radicals.
- Green tea has long been used by The Chinese to treat headache, body ache, indigestion and improve well-being and life expectancy.
- There are four primary polyphenols in green tea and they are often collectively referred to as catechins. Powerful antioxidants, catechins have been shown in recent studies to fight viruses, slow aging, and have a beneficial effect on health.
- Green tea extract is bioflavanoid rich and one of its main uses again is fighting free radicals in the body.
- Green tea extracts contain high levels of polyphenols which is over 200 times more potent than vitamin E in fighting free radicals and pro-oxidants.
- Drinking green tea represses angiotensin II which leads to high blood pressure.
- Green tea polyphenols and polysaccharides are effective in lowering blood sugar.
- There have been many studies that have shown that green tea catechins are effective at preventing cancer.
- Green tea extract is a common ingredient in many fat burners-it helps with thermogenesis and aids the metabolism of fats.