Top 6 Benefits Of Green Tea
Green tea has many benefits, it is also a plant consumed for millennia in China and Japan. More than a drink, green tea is considered a remedy in traditional Chinese medicine because of its many therapeutic benefits .
Why drink green tea?
Green tea is rich in polyphenols, antioxidant substances including catechins. The main one is Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which has antioxidant properties up to 100 times higher than that of vitamins C and E. These catechins help regulate oxidative stress and lower the level of bad cholesterol in the blood.
It therefore seems interesting to consume green tea daily to benefit from its antioxidant effects.
You are not convinced ? Here are 6 reasons to consume green tea every day !
Green tea: its health benefits
1- Facilitates digestion
Green tea is rich in antioxidants. It is also a source of tannins, flavonoids, amino acids and vitamins. However, it is through the digestive system, particularly in the intestines, that nutrients are absorbed by the body. These nutrients thus contribute to maintaining a good balance of the microbiota, a vector of good health (digestive, immune, etc.). Regular consumption of green tea associated with a balanced lifestyle contributes to digestive well-being. Japanese teas, such as Sencha or Matcha are particularly suitable here for their nutritional richness. Similarly, mint green tea , or oriental, combines the benefits of green tea with those of mint which is a plant that aids digestion .. This tea is perfect for a digestive break after meals.
2- Promotes weight loss
Green tea allows for better digestion and thus facilitates weight loss . And that’s not all: EGCG is a fat burning accelerator. It will thus allow fat cells to be burned more quickly. A balanced diet associated with the daily consumption of green tea is a winning combo! This is one of the most famous benefits of green tea.
3- Rebalances blood sugar
Green tea is said to have a positive effect on blood sugar levels . Thanks to its fat-burning effect, it reduces blood sugar levels and therefore lowers blood sugar naturally .
4- Reduces the risk of cancer
Green tea would also have a preventive action on certain cancers such as prostate cancer, colorectal cancer. Studies have shown that green tea reduces the risk of colorectal cancer by 57%. Indeed, catechins (again!) would have anti-tumor properties . They act preventively on cell growth in order to prevent the formation of cancerous cells. According to some studies, consumed daily, green tea reduces the risk of breast cancer by 22%.
5 – Good for the brain
EGCG is a polyphenol so powerful that it would act as a protector of the brain and cognitive functions. Green tea thus helps to prevent and slow down the neurological decline caused by Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.
Similarly, due to its stimulating effect (green tea contains caffeine), it boosts the brain and helps it to work more quickly (memory, speed of thinking, etc.).
6- Protects the skin
Green tea acts as a shield against free radicals . It is also rich in vitamin E, which is beneficial for the skin. Thus, it preserves the skin from premature aging and helps it retain its natural elasticity.
How to prepare your green tea?
Contrary to popular belief, it is not recommended to infuse your tea in boiling water.
The water temperature is the essential element for the correct preparation of your green tea in order to fully benefit from its properties. In addition, too hot water will distort the aromas and flavor of the tea , often making it too bitter.
This is why at Origeens , we systematically indicate on our packaging the best infusion temperature for each of our teas. The ideal is to have a kettle with a thermostat in order to control the temperature of the water.
Second factor taken into account in the preparation of green tea: the infusion time .
To enjoy the benefits of your tea , we advise you to let it steep covered. The infusion time is also indicated on our tea bags and boxes. Remember to remove the infused tea from your cup after the time indicated because too long infused tea becomes harsh and rather unpleasant to the taste.
Sencha tea: king of green teas?
Japanese green tea par excellence – although there is a variety of sencha green tea that originated in China – it is the most consumed green tea in Japan. Sencha is obtained after harvesting the first tea leaves in the spring. Its leaves are briefly steamed, then rolled and dried. It then retains all its nutrients and benefits. It is also very popular in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicines.
Indeed, sencha green tea is THE most popular drink in the land of the rising sun. Above all because it is a high quality tea, rich in antioxidants and which, due to its manufacturing method, retains all the active ingredients and health benefits of green tea . Sencha tea can be enjoyed cold or hot, its taste is both sweet and bitter. Like coffee but in lesser quantities, sencha tea is also a source of caffeine and therefore a stimulating and energizing drink that can be consumed daily.
Matcha tea: magic drink or simple trend?
Matcha green tea also originates from Japan. It is THE tea consumed during the famous Japanese tea ceremony . It comes in the form of a green powder which mixed in hot water (not boiling!) will give an intense green and slightly frothy drink.
Draining, due to its chlorophyll content, matcha tea is part of the great family of green teas and has all the virtues. It would even boost the body’s immune defenses thanks to its richness in L-theanine, a component of tea with strong immunizing and relaxing powers.
Matcha tea is now a very fashionable ingredient that comes in all forms: drinks ( do you know matcha latte? ), pastries, cosmetics…
It is still not recommended to consume green tea before bedtime due to its caffeine content, it could cause you insomnia. Similarly, green tea is not indicated for pregnant women or for people who suffer from iron deficiency. It is also not recommended in case of treatment with chemotherapy or radiotherapy. In this case, it is best to discuss it with your doctor. Finally, avoid consuming more than 3 cups of green tea per day and enjoy your tea preferably outside of meals to appreciate its effects.
As you will have understood, green tea is an essential health drink and even essential for well-being. It is not for nothing that it is the second most consumed drink in the world , after water! In addition to its many health benefits, green tea is both an energizing and relaxing drink that offers a very wide range of flavors through its many varieties and combinations. Green tea from China or Japan (Sencha, matcha): the choice is yours!
Always seek the advice of a health professional. This information is given for informational purposes, it does not constitute medical information, and cannot engage our responsibility.