Green tea is a recently gaining popularity not only in Asia but in Europe, Australia and America as well. This recent boost in its popularity is not just because Camellia Sinensis, a plant used for making it, can be grown almost in any place, but also due to the fact that this drink is very healthy and it provides a lot of benefits.
So, what are the benefits of green tea which made it popular?
Based on several scientific studies, green tea was proven to contain a type of catechin known as epigallocatechin gallate, which is also known to be a powerful antioxidant. Epigallocatechin gallate, also known as EGCG, is a compound that can also help people with HIV or human immunodeficiency virus to regulate viral load and decrease plaques that are related to AIDS-related dementia.
Green tea was also proven to contain minerals such as chromium, zinc, manganese, as well as, ascorbic acid, carotenoids and tocopherols. It also contains phytochemical compounds. Apart from this, traces of caffeine are also present in green tea. However, green tea only contains 1/5 to one-half of what coffee contains.
Drinking this type of tea was also proven to reduce the risk of getting heart diseases. It can also prevent dental cavities while improving the bone density and its cognitive function. Green tea was also proven to help prevent cancer and kidney stones.
Other studies showed that green tea can also help reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Some experts also believe that it can reduce cholesterol. Apart from this, green tea is also a good way to reduce body fat and weight. Many drinkers of green tea can prove that it helped them attain proper body weight.
Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease are also among the many illnesses that green tea can prevent. EGCG, one of the most abundant content of green tea, is also able to keep brain cells from dying. In addition, EGCG contained by green tea is also able to restore damaged neurons in the brain.
Green tea is also believed to be more effective if it is mixed with relaxation techniques such as meditation. If you want to learn more about meditation, you can go to www.meditate.com.au or www.meditatition-music.com.au
The author is a health care specialist that deals studies on the subject of alternative medicine.
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