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Thursday, May 9, 2013
What can you find that comes iced or hot, as an extract, pills,
supplements and even ice cream? They all can have one common thread: green
tea.That is right, this ancient Asian
blend has become very popular throughout the country for its multitude of
health benefits. For some they drink it hot in a grande size, while others
prefer it unsweetened and iced.No
matter what the form, it is become a trendy flavor found to be enjoyed by many.
Young and old have all come to make green tea a part of their daily regimen as
they try to lead a healthier lifestyle.So what are the benefits that has us hooked?
Green tea is full of polyphenols, which are phytochemicals with
antioxidant properties.It is these
components that protect the body from cancers, that also give tea its somewhat
bitter taste. There are more primary phenols, called catechins, in green tea
than in the more traditional black teas.
Along with these benefits many studies show that green tea helps
with weight management, by allowing the body to increase its metabolism; as
well as lower cholesterol and help fight heart disease.Preventing cavities? Better skin? Yes green
tea has been found to do that as well.
While most research is still relatively new, those who are interested
in maximizing the benefits should understand how to get the most out of their
green tea.In fact the hot version
allows for the greatest amount of catechins to be released.The older the tea leaves, the greater the
number of catechins as well.It is
suggested that having about 3 cups, 8 ounces each, will do the trick on giving
you the recommended amount.
tea contains a large amount of caffeine so beware as it might be an issue for
those with heart issues or may affect sleep patterns.Truth be told that ounce for ounce green tea
still has less caffeine than one cup of coffee.
Green tea which has always been and still remains the most
popular tea in China, is slowly but surely well on its way to being the top
pick here as well.