For the last few years green tea has been on the news, talked about on various health related sites, and heralded for having benefits both when used internally and externally. While there is little doubt that green tea has some health benefits most people simply don’t know just how many benefits that this tea has or how wide reaching those benefits are. Here we will take a look at just some of the many benefits of green tea.
What Is Green Tea
This tea is made from unfermented leaves of Camellia sinensis . Immediately the Camellia sinensis leaves are harvested, they are steamed for a very short period of time to prevent them from fermenting. After steaming, the leaves are rolled, then spread out and dried with hot air or fried in a wok. Green tea is known to be the least fermented of all teas – it is greenish yellow in color and tastes like fresh leaves.
General Benefits of Green Tea
Green tea is best known as beverage that is packed full of flavoids and contains antiviral, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cavity properties. Green tea can be consumed either hot or cold and doing so will help you stay hydrated, which is important to a healthy body as well as healthy skin. In addition green tea contains no calories, so it is the perfect beverage to drink when watching your weight or dieting and it also serves as a mild diuretic, which will help prevent mild fluid build-up in people who stand on their feet all day. However, the benefits of green tea don’t stop there , so let’s take a look at some of the other health benefits.
Helps Prevent Tooth Decay
Green tea contains a small amount of natural fluoride. This fluoride combined with certain polyphenols and catechins found in green tea is effective in helping to prevent cavities. Of course, for this tea to effectively work as a cavity fighter, you are required to drink a couple of cups a day without any sweeteners that can adhere to your teeth.
Works as a Mild Pain Reliever
Studies also suggest that green tea can work as an all natural mild pain reliever helping to reduce some of the discomfort for those suffering from arthritis. Since it also has anti-inflammatory properties, it may also be a natural way to reduce some of the swelling around the joints that those suffering from arthritis experience.
Helps to Prevent Oxidation Damage to Cells
As mentioned earlier, green tea is one of the best sources of Catechins, which are powerful anti-oxidants. Studies show that these catechins may be more powerful than either vitamin C or Vitamin E in halting oxidation damage to cells. This means that green tea not only can help delay the signs of aging, but also may help reduce the risks of certain types of cancers including:
Other studies suggest that green tea may also help reduce the risk of:
In many cases the ability of green tea to reduce the above health problems may be due in part to its anti-inflammatory properties as chronic inflammation has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and heart disease. By drinking green tea you may be reducing inflammation in the body, which in turn reduces your risk for a number of these serious and life threatening diseases.
In addition green tea also helps to boost the immune system, strengthening it and making it better able to fight off more diseases as well.
While there have been no scientific studies that have conclusively linked green tea to weight loss it is believed that green tea does help to increase metabolism, which can have a minor effect on increasing the speed at which calories are burned.
Benefits of Green Tea When Used Topically
Green tea doesn’t just have benefits for your health when consumed internally, it also has benefits when used as an ingredient in skin care products. Here are some of the benefits of green tea when used topically.
While green tea does not soften the skin, it does contain anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce inflammation and redness caused by a variety of different skin problems. In addition, simply using damp cool green tea bags can also reduce inflammation from these conditions.
Isn’t it amazing that something as simple as green tea has so many different benefits that can impact your health in a very positive way.