Greetings, dear readers
Residents of the UK may be familiar with grabbing a ‘cuppa’ first thing in the morning. This practice is generally accompanied by a couple of biscuits or a slice of cake. More often than not, milk and sugar is involved in its making, sometimes in excessive amounts. As pleasant as indulging in this daily habit can be, tea drinkers would benefit a lot more by changing the type of tea leaf that they use and cutting out milk, sugar and any extra treats. By starting off the day with a carefully brewed cup of green tea, an individual could do away with a number of irritating health problems and prevent certain diseases from developing later on in life.
Green tea, originally produced in China around four thousand years ago, is made up of leaves from an evergreen shrub known as camellia sinensis. Its leaves are also used to make different kinds of tea, such as black and oolong tea. However, unlike black and oolong tea, the camellia sinensis leaves used to make green tea do not go through a withering or oxidation process, leaving their atoms relatively unchanged. Due to this, green tea has often been considered as a healthy alternative to other types of tea leaves. But what can it do for a person and their health?
As mentioned before, drinking green tea first thing in the morning or several times a day can have a significant impact on an individual, provided they do so consistently. Green tea can affect the body in numerous ways, including but not limited to:
- protecting the cells from damage caused by age and disease due to the presence of polyphenols, such as flavonoids and catechins, and other antioxidants like epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)
- stimulating the brain and stabilising energy levels by containing the right amount of caffeine – less than the amount found in coffee – and amino acids known as L-theanine
- increasing the fat burning process and metabolic rate, which allows food to be digested better and improves the over all performance of the body
- forming a powerful defense against many kinds of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and cardiovascular diseases, by being rich in antioxidants
- killing or inhibiting the growth of bacteria, particularly those found in the mouth, leading to improved oral hygiene and reduced bad breath, cavity formations and tooth decay
- refining insulin sensitivity and lowering blood sugar levels, which can prevent the development of type two diabetes
With the aforementioned information in mind, it seems obvious that green tea has not been considered a super-food – or super-drink – for nothing. Some brands, such as Tetley or Twinings, are often preferred whereas other green tea consumers prefer to swallow the tea leaves in capsule form rather than drink it from a cup. Combining green tea with lemon or honey has been known to boost its health benefits and improve the quality of its taste for individuals with either adventurous or selective taste buds. Green tea can also be applied topically to the skin, where it is usually used to treat sun burn or as a toner for people with conditions such as acne.
We hope that this information has benefitted you, our dear readers, and we would love to hear from you. Comments, questions and weekly topic suggestions are always welcomed and greatly appreciated.
Thank you for reading!
The Pure Therapy Team