Green tea has been used for thousands of years. Originating in China, this tea is extensively throughout Asia and later spread further around the world. The reason that green tea has more health benefits than black tea is due to the treatment. Black tea is treated in a way that allows for fermentation while green tea prevent the fermentation process. As a result, green tea retains maximum amount of antioxidants and polyphenols - substances that give green tea its many benefits.
Benefits of Green Tea
Weight loss. Green tea is said to increase metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.
Stable blood sugar level. Green tea will apparently help the body regulate glucose levels by slowing the rise in blood sugar after a meal. This can prevent high insulin spikes and the resulting fat storage.
Heart health. Some scientists believe that green tea helps the lining of blood vessels to relax and better able to withstand changes in blood pressure.
Lowers cholesterol. Green tea should be good to reduce the bad cholesterol in the blood and improve the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
Protect brain cells. Studies conducted on mice showed that green tea protected brain cells from dying and was good for the body would restore damaged brain cells.
Prevent cavities. Studies suggest that antioxidant "catechins" in the tea can destroy bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections, dental caries and other dental problems.
Ease depression. Theanine is an amino acid that occurs naturally in the tea leaves. It is this substance that is supposed to provide a relaxing and calming effect and be a great advantage for tea drinkers.
Antibacterial. Catechins, found in tea, are strong antibacterial agents. In some studies, green tea has been shown to be good for the body to inhibit the spread of certain diseases.
Skin care. Because of the high content of antioxidants and ant-inflammatory activities can green tea be good for the skin and have an anti-aging effect from inside. Both animal and human studies have shown that green tea applied to the skin can reduce the possibility of sunburn.