Having read a number of books and reports on the subject and tried it in a number of different forms, the health benefits of green tea are becoming very clear to me and what’s more, I am not alone. They have been known to people all over the world for centuries. Traditionally, green tea is made from the leaves of camellia sinensis which are grown and harvested predominantly in mainland China. It is believed that this was brought from China to Japan so you may also hear it referred to as Japanese Tea.

Green Tea 

In recent years green tea and its benefits have been the subject of many scientific studies from academic institutions all over the world. Research has suggested that there is evidence to support the belief that regular drinkers of green tea may have a lower risk of heart disease and some forms of cancer. The main benefits of green tea are attributed to antioxidants called catechins. These days there seem to be countless food products that claim to have powerful antioxidants so I think we generally understand this to be a good thing. 

What Are Antioxidants And Why Are They Beneficial?

In our bodies, there are numerous processes happening all the time which require oxygen. While clearly we need oxygen to live, the addition of oxygen to some of these processes can cause harmful side effects such as causing cell damage that can lead to chronic diseases.

These oxidants, or what we now know as free radicals are also introduced through external sources such as exposure to the sun, pollution and even stress, as well as things that we do to ourselves like smoking, drinking and eating junk foods.

An analogy that helped explain it for me is the process of oxidation which causes metal to rust. In a similar way oxidation in our bodies can cause the  breakdown of cells. The free radicals produced by this breakdown attack healthy cells as well as proteins and fats. Antioxidants help reduce the effect of oxidants by binding together with the harmful molecules and reducing their destructive power.

While we can’t avoid free radicals, but by regularly taking products or foods that are known to have strong antioxidant properties, we can help reduce their negative effects. Green Tea has a rich source of a particular antioxidant called flavonoids.

catechins in green teaThe secret of green tea is in part down to the way it is processed in that it is steamed and not fermented. As a result of this, the green tea catechins have a significantly more concentrated form of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), one of its most important and active ingredients.

Although research has been undertaken with what appears to be very promising results, there is still much to understand about green tea. Certainly, the work linking it to reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease cannot be ignored and potentially could be life-changing. But it doesn’t stop there.

Some researchers claim that green tea can also be used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, lowering cholesterol and even reducing tooth decay. More likely you may have seen green tea products associated with promoting weight loss, boosting metabolism, and perhaps anti-aging.

But regardless of your particular area of need, taking the research that is currently available, for me it is clear that taking even two cups of Green Tea each day (simply by replacing your ritual morning cup of coffee) will help you achieve and maintain optimum health.

Health Benefits Of Green Tea

  1. Prevent Cancer

    If this does not get you to start drinking green tea then I don’t know what will. Green tea helps detox your body and is a very powerful antioxidant. There have been many studies showing that green tea helps prevent various forums of cancer, one specifically being stomach cancer. Approximately 1 in every 114 men and women develop stomach cancer so you can see the importance for keeping up your green tea intake.  

    There is also studies within the United States that are leaning more towards green tea reducing tobacco causing forms of cancer.  Women should also consider drinking green tea more frequently as its benefits will attach to the estrogen preceptors to decrease the risk of breast, uterine cancer and possibly ovarian cancer.

  2. Decrease Cardiovascular Disease

    Green tea is a huge benefit to those who suffer from cardiovascular disease. The green tea will make the blood a little less sticky which will decrease the chance of blood clots forming. Green tea has been proven to lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and raise your good cholesterol (HDL) while also lowering your blood pressure.

  3. Weight Loss

    One cup of green tea has much less caffeine that one cup of coffee (nearly half). One would think that coffee would be the victor in weight loss. Typically, more caffeine increases heart rate which speeds up the metabolism. There have been studies showing that people who drink decaffeinated green tea still lose weight than users who do not drink green tea (I personally do not work well with caffeine and drink decaf green tea and have seen results).  

    Green tea has what’s called “Catechins” which do not stimulate your nervous system as many other stimulates do. Green tea can not only have you burn fat while you are active, some believe it can also burn fat while resting (approximately 3-4% calories during rest).

  4. Lower Your Chance Of Death

    Yes, green tea can decrease death. One cup of green tea can decrease your death percentage by a whopping 4%. Not saying it will save you from a knife fight, but it will help prevent cancer and other diseases.