One of the things that give people from East their good health and longevity is green tea. There is a Chinese proverb that says: “Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one.” You can positively be sure that those people really think so.
Over the past few decades green tea was subjected to many scientific and medical researches that determined its health benefits, and linked an increased consumption of green tea with a reduced risk of numerous ill conditions. Here’s the list of proved claims:
- regular drinkers may have lower chances of heart disease, and developing certain types of cancer;
- green tea is proved to be useful for weight loss and in fighting the cellulite (so, swap your coffee, which “helps” you in getting cellulite, for green tea; for weight loss- drink green tea instead of water, or at least drink 5-6 cups of this delicious tea a day, you can add a lemon in it, it improves the taste of the tea);
- according to a study performed at Birmingham University, UK, it improves insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance in healthy young men.
There are, also, unproven claims that it is good in:
- treating multiple sclerosis,
- preventing the cell membrane degeneration by neutralizing the spread of free radicals,
- stopping certain neurodegenerative disease (Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s),
- reducing the effect of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and increasing the production of HDL (good) cholesterol.
Preparation method is very simple: 1 teaspoon of green tea per cup should be used. If you use tea in bags- a bag per cup, too. There was much debate of whether it contains or not the caffeine. It contains, and it can have more caffeine than coffee, but when you boil tea, the amount of caffeine reduces, so if you use leaves of green tea, which can be used more than once, the amount of caffeine is smaller each next time.
So, this lovely cup of tea will not only keep you cozy, but may improve your health as well.