Drinking Green Tea: Does It Really Help Or Is It All Hype?
There’s been a lot of health-hype lately surrounding the benefits of green tea. I’m certain you’ve heard it, too. Have you ever wondered: Is it really worth my while to drink tea of the green variety? Well, you can decide for yourself.
First: The Claims Of Drinking Green Tea:
A rich source of anti-oxidants:
What are anti-oxidants? Anti-oxidants neutralize free radicals or unstable molecules in the body that can eventually become unfriendly and wreak havoc on the cells. Free radical damage can cause everything from sun damage to hardening of the arteries. Green tea will help you bulk up on the anti-oxidant warriors that help to both lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease by controlling blood pressure.
Green tea has been shown to lower rates of cancer in Asian populations. The cancers studied and which have been recorded include: bladder, colon, esophagus, pancreas, rectal and stomach. New evidence suggests green tea may also help prevent prostate cancer, as well.
Help with arthritis:
Studies also suggest there is possible anti-inflammatory and arthritis preventing effects in green tea although, Ill admit, solid scientific evidence was difficult to come by. By simple suggestion, Ill give green tea an A for effort in the arthritis category.
Green tea has been proven to protect liver cells by stimulating the immune system. Green tea protects the liver by warding off toxins such as alcohol and cigarette smoke.
Green tea has been thought to promote oral health (although scientific proof was difficult to come by here, too). Green tea is supposed to work against bacteria, protecting teeth from cavities.
Here’s another benefit that will raise many an eyebrow. Several sources I found claimed that green tea may actually help to stimulate weight loss. Yes! Green tea contains polyphenols (molecule compounds) that actually help the body to burn weight and regulate both blood sugar and insulin levels.
So Here Is The Bad News
Whats the bad news?
The only negative side effect that we’ve found is the simple recorded cases of insomnia due to naturally occurring caffeine in green tea. It looks like theres only 30-60mg in 6-8 ounces of tea, however. That’s less than half the caffeine content of coffee which weighs in at 90 mg. per 8 ounce cup.
Other FAQs About Green Tea:
How much green tea is enough to reap the benefits?
No one seems to be too sure about the answer to this question, either. Let’s be realistic most people could easily drink 3-4 cups of green tea daily. This is a good round number based on its frequency in the research studied. A suggestion: why not try replacing your usual cup of coffee with a clean dose of health?
Where to get a good cup of tea?
Check out your local grocery: Lipton. There’s plenty of others, but I like the way Lipton aims to zip up green tea with variety. They even have a orange, passionfruit & jasmine flavor that’s de-lish!
If drinking tea really isn’t your thing, but you still want the benefits no problem! Green tea is now available in capsule form as well. This could be as close as your local pharmacy. Check around.
Green tea is well worth your consideration. The simple speculation of benefits is enough to get excited about it. Its easy to digest, tastes good and, hey, if it helps me with my goal of wellness and illness prevention.