Green Tea Facts: Health & Beauty Benefits, Origin & Growth Facts, Preparation Tips
Numerous studies have shown that Green tea's health benefits in reducing the risk of developing cancer, heart disease and other maladies. Here are some most important and interesting facts about Green Tea and its benefits to health
Green Tea Health / Medicinal Benefits facts
- Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has extolled the virtues of green tea for its medicinal qualities for hundreds of years. TCM practitioners recommend regular green tea intake to treat respiratory problems, liver damage, headaches, poor digestion, improved general well-being and life expectancy.
- Green tea is rich in bioflavonoids, which are a free-radical fighting anti-oxidants.
- Green tea's other most powerful ingredient, epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG, is an anti-oxidant that is over 200 times more powerful than vitamin E.
- The Chinese use green tea to combat any problems caused by “inner heat”, such as bacterial infections or viruses attacking the body. Green tea is also prescribed in times of worry to combat any health effects that may occur.
- Green tea is a proven stress-beater according to research conducted by the University College London. The UCL team found that drinking green tea lowers stress hormone levels. 50 minutes after a high stress event, tea drinkers who had been drinking 4 cups of black tea daily for a month, had a 20% greater drop in the stress hormone cortisol than the placebo group.
- Green tea is reported to aid in repairing liver damage. At the University of Carolina, a team of researchers set about testing the effects of green tea on the livers of rats which had been exposed to lots of alcohol. These “drunken rats” had been through a “binge drinking” session and then put to sleep to have their livers removed. Some of the rats' livers were soaked in a green tea solution. These were then transplanted into rats with unhealthy livers, and the results were impressive. Only 13% of those who received livers that were not treated with green tea survived, whereas 77% of those whose livers had bathed in green tea survived.
- Green tea is a great weight-loss aid according to scientists that have studied its effects. It has the ability to boost a person's metabolism by producing heat in a person's body (thermogenesis). Apparently, drinking 4 cups of green tea burns 50 calories.
- Unlike other caffeinated drinks such as coffee, green tea has almost no side effects to speak of! Doctors warn against excessive consumption if one suffers health issues that would be aggravated by increased caffeine intake.
Green Tea for Acne: Facts Cosmetic and Beauty Health Benefits
- Green tea extract is used in numerous cosmetic products including skin creams, facial washes and is apparently effective at fighting acne and spots.
- A study conducted at the Memorial Medical Center in the Philippines compared the effects of a cream containing 3% green tea extract and another containing benzoyl peroxide on patients with moderate to severe acne. 108 subjects were divided into two groups and assigned one of the two creams, which was applied twice daily for 12 weeks. The results found that the group testing the green tea cream were pleasantly surprised to have a clearer and much improved skin complexion, as well as a lightly lighter skin colour. The study also suggests that green tea is less of an irritant than other products, as the green tea cream users reported fewer side effects than the benzoyl peroxide groupo, including fewer cases of itching, dry skin and allergic responses.
Green Tea preparation facts & tips
- Green tea is best when drank as filtered loose leaves.
- As well as allowing the tea leaves the room to release the maximum of their flavour, drinking loose and not from a tea bag could be potentially life-saving too.
- Some tea bags coated with a strengthening reinforcer containing epichlorohydrin, which is a known carcinogen.
- Tea bags are not the only products to contain this chemical – coffee filters, sausage/salami casings may also use epichlorohydrin.
Green Tea Origin, Source facts
- Green tea comes from the plant Camellia sinensis, which is the mother plant to all types of tea from black, to white, to oolong.
- To make green tea, only the newest leaves and the bud are plucked from the plant and unlike oolong and black teas, the leaves are barely fermented (oxidised) and are instead baked, roasted or sun dried to avoid oxidation.
- When the leaves are dry enough they can be rolled into different shapes until they are completely dry.
- The quality of green tea varies from region to region and country to country. Altitude has a lot to do with the quality of the tea, as does the point in the harvest season in which it was plucked and the processing techniques used.
Green Tea Growth Geography & Variety facts:
- The most widely known varieties of green tea are Chinese and Japanese, however the tea is cultivated all over Asia, with certain rare and expensive varieties being harvested in countries such as Sri Lanka and Korea.
- The Jookro Ujeon Hwagae Valley Green Tea is handpicked and processed on the Jiri Mountain in Korea, and known as one of the freshest, sweetest and spiciest teas on the market today.
- There is some great information at the Green Tea Information site about the varieties and brewing methods to make the best and most refreshing cup of green tea!
More Quick Green Tea Facts
1. Green tea can help to stop the growth and spread of cells that cause cancer. Research has also suggested that because Japan has a comparatively low rate of cancer, it could be down to drinking tea.
2. Tea can be a weight loss aid as there are no calories in tea without milk. When combined with a healthy diet and exercise, drinking tea can be a good way to lose weight.
3. Tea can help to prevent diabetes, as it stops as much sugar being broken don, and being absorbed into the blood stream. For those with diabetes, it can also reduce the risk of cataracts.
4. Tea is very effective at thinning the blood, in fact, as effective as aspirin. This means that it can be a good alternative to taking medication on a daily basis in order to thin the blood.
5. Antioxidants contained in tea can help to prevent arthritis. The antioxidants block the enzymes which attack and destroy the bones. For those people who already have arthritis, drinking green tea can help to lessen the effects, and make the condition less painful.
6. Tea is believed to have anti aging properties. The Japanese have one of the longest life expectancies in the world, and this is partly attributed to drinking green tea. In addition, there are many new anti-aging beauty products that include tea extracts.
7. The growth of bad bacteria in the body can be slowed down by drinking this tea. This helps to speed up the growth of good bacteria, and can even help prevent viral strains of clostridia and E. coli.
8. Drinking tea helps to lower cholesterol, and can help to widen the arteries reducing the risk of heart disease.
9. Drinking around 4 cups of tea a day can help slow down tooth decay as tea contains fluoride which is important for the health of teeth.
10. Tea has around half the caffeine of coffee, which means that it can be drunk all day long without the drinker experiencing the effects of drinking too much coffee.