Green tea comes from the same plant family as Oolong tea and black tea. (Camellia Sinesis). The differences between these different styles of tea revolve around varying levels of oxidation, bitterness and different preparations.
Green teas have the least level of oxidization of these 3 styles of tea and therefore are also the mildest form of tea, with no bitter taste.
Green Tea Benefits:
Acts as an Antioxidant. The polyphenol properties of green tea are known to remove free radicals from your body, making it a wonderful antioxidant. A daily cup of green tea helps to remove free radicals and slightly decreases the chance of getting diseases such as cancer, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis and diabetes. It does this due to the presence of the antioxidant Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) in green tea.
Makes you smarter. Many movies have wise old sages drinking green tea. There may be some truth in this old stereotype. Caffeine has long been shown to increase acuity and mental alertness. Additionally, a 2015 study presented at the international Alzhiemer’s and Parkinson’s conference showed that test subjects who regularly consumed a cup of green tea daily had a lower rate of mental decline.
Healthy Bones: Green tea drinkers have a better bone mineral density (BMD) than non drinkers according to studies. Additionally regular drinkers of green tea lose BMD at a much slower rate than non-tea drinkers.
Healthy Teeth: The positive BMD effects also help to keep your pearly whites in tip-top shape. Additionally the antioxidant “catechin” found in these teas has been shown to destroy bacteria found in the teeth.
Fights Diabetes: Research studies have shown that diabetic patients taking both hyperglycemic medication and regularly drinking green tea have lower blood sugar levels than those simply taking hyperglycemic medication.
Decreases anxiety and reduces stress. Green tea blocks the neurotransmitter GABA, which is well known as a cause of anxiety. Additionally green tea has been shown to increase dopamine levels. Finally, it is known to help block glutamate receptors, leading to a decrease in stress response.
Boosts metabolism. The polyphenols contained in green tea have been shown to help block the enzymes that build fat, according to research in Physiology & Behavior magazine.
Fights Cancer. There have been numerous studies on green teas and it’s effects many types of Cancer. Colon cancer, breast cancer, and prostate cancer have all been shown to have a lower risk factor with regular consumption. In fact regular consumption of green tea has shown to reduce the risk of these by 20-60%.
Green tea is well regarded for its health, weight loss and calming properties. While all teas have some studies showing their specific efficacy in specific health related areas, green tea has been the most studied with numerous studies backing up the anectdotal evidence of what people have been saying about the health properties of green tea for many years.
It is a proven fact that this tasty tea also packs a nice heaping of health benefits!
There are many great brands of green tea. the only differences between these teas should be in the processing and whether the tea is blended with other forms of tea. My strong recommendation is to get an organic tea brand to ensure the processing is pure.