Green Tea Health Benefits
I am sure you didn’t realize the health benefits that you were reaping from the enjoyment of that cup of warm green tea.
It is not to say that one cup of green tea is the cure all for everything, but there is quite a number of health benefits claimed to be derived from regular drinking of green tea.
Green tea (camellia sinesis) originated in China over 4,000 years ago and is used in many other cultures in Asia and is becoming more recognized in the west and pushing black tea over from being the predominate tea drank by most. There have been many variations grown by the different cultures, but most concur of the health benefits derived from genuine green tea.
Green tea is known for its antioxidant properties, which are also referred to as flavonoids. Flavonoids are the organic compounds derived from plants and contain the antioxidant properties which help with anti-inflammatory and antiviral, as well as other health benefits. Due to the antioxidant properties in the green tea, it also helps in keeping your heart healthy and the blood vessels clear. This evidence has been derived, due to population studies over time and it has been shown that that it prevents or aids in health issues. Many of these studies were conducted on populations which consume 3 or more cups of green tea a day.
Some of the benefits of green tea are as follows:
1. Lowering the risk of heart disease and blood pressure.
2. Aids in weight loss.
3. Used to help treat with bone loss (Osteoporosis).
4. Some people use green tea to help prevent various cancerous tumors.
5. It is used to help with stomach disorders, vomiting, and diarrhea.
6. It is used to help with Crohn’s and Parkinson’s Disease.
7. It is used to help to aid in Kidney stones, diabetes, and chronic fatigue.
8. Evidence has shown it aides in treating gum disease.
9. Some women use green tea to help fight the human papilloma virus (HPV).
10. It is used to help as a diuretic to help rid the body of excess fluids.
11. It is used to help as an astringent to heal wounds and control bleeding.
12. It is used in cosmetics to clean and help constrict the pores in the skin.
13. By placing green tea under puffy eyes, it helps to reduce the puffiness.
14. Green tea is also used in making various items, such as cosmetics, health foods, dietary supplements, and many beverages.
There is much more evidence and study needed to prove the health benefits of green tea, but there is strong evidence of the health benefits based on population studies. It is not recommended for pediatric treatment, unless directed by your physician.
As with anything, you shouldn’t go overboard drinking green tea, as there can be side effects, such as stomach problems, constipation, and the side effects associated with ingesting too much caffeine. Instead of self medicating yourself with green tea, it is best to consult your physician if you feel you have any health issues or are taking medications.