Green tea is brewed with tea leaves that have not been have been fermented like the leaves that are used to make black tea. Many believe that green tea is superior due to additional nutrients and antioxidants that are not as plentiful in black tea.
For those who may be unfamiliar, green tea does not simply mean tea that is colored green. In fact, in many cases, green tea is very close to the same color as “regular” or “black” tea.
Here is a small sampling of the health benefits you may enjoy by drinking green tea.
Yeah, this one is a biggie. Anything that claims to help people lose weight is going to get loads of attention, and green tea is certainly not an exception. It is believed that green tea helps to rev up your body’s metabolism, which results in increased weight loss. Ask anyone who has had to deal with hyperthyroidism. Increased metabolism almost always equals weight loss.
With diabetes reaching what some consider to be epidemic proportions in the western world, this potential benefit of drinking green tea is definitely and attention-grabber.
It is believed that green tea helps to regulate glucose levels in the blood, which means it may help to prevent diabetes.
HEART DISEASE PREVENTION
Green tea may help prevent heart disease since some researchers believe that it has a positive affect on the lining of the blood vessels, helping them remain relaxed even during times when blood pressure changes. It is also believed that green tea may help to prevent blood clots which can lead to heart attack, stroke and other serious health problems.
HEALTHY CHOLESTEROL LEVEL
Green tea has shown promise as an aid in reducing cholesterol levels in the bloodstream. Specifically, it selectively lowers LDL or “bad” cholesterol which creates a healthier balance between it and the HDL or “good” cholesterol.
Both Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease appear to be on the rise in our aging population. Medical research studies using animals has shown that green tea helped protect brain cells, and also aided with the healing of damaged brain cells. This may help to slow the progression of both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Courtesy: Thinking About Health