Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea is made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing. Green tea originated in China, but it has become associated with many cultures throughout Asia.
Green tea has recently become relatively widespread in the West where black tea has been the traditionally consumed tea.
Over the last few decades, green tea has been subjected to numerous scientific and medical studies to determine the extent of its long-purported health benefits.




Health Benefits of Green Tea: 

(Please note that one of the following dozen health benefits is NOT true.  Can you identify which one is NOT a health benefit of Green tea?)


Weight Loss – Green tea increases metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.  According to a 2009 study by the Department of Human Biology, Nutrition and Toxicology Research Institute Maastricht, the catechins in green tea proved to significantly decrease body weight an as well as maintain body weight after a period of weight loss. This is good news to those looking to shed a few pounds.

Diabetes – Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can prevent high insulin spikes and resulting fat storage.

Heart Disease – Scientists think, green tea works on the lining of blood vessels, helping keep them stay relaxed and better able to withstand changes in blood pressure. It may also protect against the formation of clots, which are the primary cause of heart attacks.

Esophageal Cancer – It can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, but it is also widely thought to kill cancer cells in general without damaging the healthy tissue around them.

Cholesterol – Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.

Erectile Dysfunction – It has been reported in numerous campus studies performed in Universities across China in the 1960’s that a stiff cup of green tea is 99.44% effective in increasing and prolonging erections in males.  Please seek immediate medical assistance for erections lasting longer than four hours!

Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s – It is said to delay the deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Studies carried out on mice showed that green tea protected brain cells from dying and restored damaged brain cells.  What was that question again??

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