Green tea, any good about it?
Early in the morning, instead of drinking coffee with my breakfast, I prefer green tea. This might be due to lower calorie intake from green tea compare to coffee, as well as lower fat in green tea. Fruit juice may be a good alternative for breakfast, but due to high sugar content, especially for fruit juice buying from the marts, I would skip this in every single meal. Nowadays, there are many products that have been manufactured from green tea extracts, from ice-cream and cake to even green tea latte is available in the market. However, these products may include other ingredients which may decrease the effects of green tea. Everyone knows that drinking green tea has its beneficials, but little of them know about it. Here, I have stated about 3 main benefits of drinking green tea, more information can be found online.
Research on green tea has shown that it will reduce the risk of getting cancer, especially oesophageal cancer due to the high level of antioxidants found in green tea. “Antioxidants called catechin, extracted from green tea, can kill 50 per cent of the cells from neuroblastoma cancers within three days in laboratory studies.” Research studies shown by Dr Orazio Vittorio, researcher from NSW. With longer consumption histories of green tea will lower the risk of cancer statistically, as conducted by Shanghai Women’s Health Study.
2. Heart Disease
Green tea may have effect in reducing heart disease, such that may decrease by 26% the risk of death from heart attack or stroke and a 16% lower risk of death from all causes than people who drank less than one cup of green tea a day, as well as decrease the risk of coronary artery disease by 28%.This is due to the cholesterol level has been lowered and thus prevent the accumulation of bad cholesterol on the blood vessels. Interestingly, black tea has no effect on heart risk. However, the bottom line is, drinking more than five cups of green tea per day will have more risks than benefits. So, drink wisely.
Grean tea may have effect in helping overweight people to lose weight and to maintain weight loss. Queensland University and Pennsylvania State University have shown that certain blend of green tea may lower blood pressure and make it easier for the body to process sugar and thus, fight against obesity. Considerable amounts of carotenoids, vitamin C, and trace elements (including chromium, manganese, selenium and zinc) that makes green tea beneficial to us.
There are fews step to follow in drinking green tea without any side effects:
1. Drink green tea when it’s freshly made but slightly cooled.
2. Brew the same tea leaves in moderation to remove any cancerous substances in the leaves, which are often pesticides.
3. Avoid tea that is excessively concentrated as it may contain huge amounts of caffeine and polyphenols, which may cause tremors, heart palpitation and indigestion.
4. Make sure that tea does not conflict with any medications or supplements as these may interacts with green tea.
5. Do not “over-drink” green tea, 3 to 4 cups are much recommended.
6. Drink green tea an hour before or after meal as certain compounds in tea may inhibit calcium and non-heme iron absorption.
So, drink wisely, don’t drink too much of green tea. Replace your drinks that are sweet, such as fruit juice in the supermarket, with green tea daily and fresh fruits, together with vegetables, will make you a healthy lifestyle. Don’t wait, do it now.
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