New Benefits of Drinking Green Tea
Properties of Green Tea may Support Weight Loss and other Health Benefits
Green tea comes from the same plant that Oolong tea, Black tea, & White tea. So what makes it so different?
Tea consumption is increasing nationally as health consciousness also grows. Starbucks beware, Washington state boasts tea sales as one of its fastest growing industries.
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Green tea is less processed than other teas and maintains its potent antioxidant content.
One of the most active components of green tea is known as epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG for short. EGCG is largely responsible for the Health Benefits of Green Tea Extract.
EGCG has anti-bacterial properties, and is also well-regarded in nutrition research as an immune stimulant, and a supporter of cancer prevention.
Supplementing with EGCG may help prevent cardiovascular disease by lowering cholesterol, reducing atherosclerosis, and may also protect against diabetes and disordered blood sugar.
In addition to EGCG, green tea has a less known ingredient, L-theanine. L-theanine is thought to support healthy neurotransmitter balance - improving mood, offering stress relief, and promoting healthful sleep and relaxation. Generally, L-theanine is believed to calm the nervous system.
Green tea contains caffeine but at amounts less than what is found in coffee. As a general rule of thumb, a cup of green tea contains roughly half of the caffeine as a cup of coffee. The caffeine content can differ based on quality of the green tea used and also how the cup is brewed.
It is important to note that decaffeinated varieties of coffes and teas can still contain up to 60% of the caffeine content. For Green Tea, the calming effects of compounds such as L-theanine naturally balance the effect of the caffeine.
Those sensitive to the stimulating effects of caffeine may benefit from drinking green tea instead.
One of the most newsworthy aspects of green tea extract is that it may aid weight loss efforts. Green tea is thought to increase metabolism.
Your metabolism can be thought of as the fireplace of the body. You need to fuel it to keep it burning, and different types of wood may burn more efficiently. Green tea may help fuel metabolism and aid in mild weight loss.
Another key health benefit of green tea extract is its use in promoting healthy detoxification of harmful metals and chemicals that the body may be exposed to daily. As we live in an increasingly toxic environment full of un-tested, man-made chemicals such as bisphenol A, we could all likely benefit from some detoxification support.