(OrganicJar) Green tea has been consumed for more than four thousand years and is possibly the closest thing to a miracle drink. It has numerous properties that render it extremely beneficial for the human body and many research studies have shown drinking green tea lowers cholesterol, decreases and inhibits cancer cells, reduces appetite and strengthens the immune system.
Here are just some of the many amazing benefits of drinking green tea.
Reduces and Prevents Cancer
EGCG, a compound in green tea, inhibits an enzyme required for cancer cell growth and can kill cultured cancer cells with no ill effect on healthy cells. Green tea has been shown to reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer and cervical cancer.
Its high concentration of antioxidants help lower LDL cholesterol (bad), raise HDL cholesterol (good) and improve the overall cholesterol ratio.
Helps Prevent Heart Disease
Properties in green tea are very effective in breaking down plaque on artery walls and preventing the formation of blood clots. This helps prevent atherosclerosis, particularly coronary artery disease.
Helps Treat and Prevent Diabetes
Polyphenols and polysaccharides found in green tea assist in lowering blood sugar and help prevent the development of type 1 diabetes and slow the progression once it has developed.
Regular consumption of green tea helps in boosting fat oxidation and metabolism, by speeding up your body’s calorie burning process.
Protects Your Skin and Teeth
Its antibacterial and antiviral properties help fight skin problems, including acne. Applied directly to the skin (or consumed) it helps block sun triggered skin cancer. It improves your teeth by reducing and preventing decay. It is also a natural antiseptic that relieves itching and swelling.
Protects Your Memory
Its large amount of antioxidants fight the free radical damage to brain nerves seen in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Don’t forget that green tea must be consumed only when it is freshly brewed, otherwise most of its therapeutic properties and nutritional values will be lost. That’s why bottled green tea is considered to have very little amount of therapeutic resources. Generally, green tea must be steeped for about 3-4 minutes and adding a squeeze of lemon helps keep the nutritional properties from breaking down too fast.
Try some green tea for your health!