The origin of green tea can be traced back to China where it was used to treat everything from a minor headache to severe cases of depression. Today, Green tea has achieved worldwide acclaim for its medicinal properties. The reason can be attributed to the fact that green tea is rich in catechin polyphenols, mainly EGCC or epigallocatechin gallate. EGCG is known to be a very potent antioxidant and also inhibits the growth of cancerous cells. It does allow the formation of abnormal blood clots (thrombosis) and also lowers LDL cholesterol levels, thereby decreasing the chances of stroke and heart attacks.
Green tea is more effective than black tea because of the difference in their processing. The processing of black tea helps in fermentation while green tea does not allow it. This is the reason why green tea is rich in anti-oxidants. Green tea has many known benefits. Although not all of these are scientifically proven, but scientists are slowly confirming the validity of all of them:
- Green Tea helps in regulating the glucose levels, which does not allow the blood sugar to rise after eating. This is very beneficial for diabetic patients as it prevents insulin spikes and the consequent fat storage.
- Scientists claim that green tea helps the walls of the blood vessels stay relaxed and enables them to endure fluctuations in blood pressure. It is a very beneficial medicine for heart patients, as it does not allow the formation of blood clots, which are known to be the main cause of heart attacks.
- It is also known to minimize bad cholesterol in blood and helps improve the good cholesterol.
- Green tea can also delay the deterioration that is caused due to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. It does not allow brain cells to die quickly.
- The catechin present in Green tea destroys viruses and bacteria that are responsible for dental caries, throat infections and several other dental conditions.
- Green tea can minimize the risk of esophageal cancer. Moreover, green tea can selectively kill cancer cells without harming the surrounding healthy tissue.
- If you drink Green Tea regularly, it will help combat high blood pressure.
- Green tea is known to increase the metabolism thereby increasing the levels of oxidation of fat and also increases the rate of conversion of food to calories and helps in weight loss.
- Green Tea is rich in Theanine – an amino acid that relaxes and tranquilizes the drinker and can be effectively used to combat depression.
- Green tea is also known for its application as a beauty enhancer and preserver. It does not allow for early formation of wrinkles and other signs of aging. Green tea is a great anti-inflammatory agent and anti-oxidant, which help maintaining the glow of the skin and also reduce the damage due to exposure to sun.
- Catechin has strong antiviral and antibacterial properties and helps in treating everything ranging from cancer to influenza. Green Tea does not allow many diseases to spread and is often used as a general medicine for many ailments.