Black tea, green tea and oolong all come from the same plant, camellia sinensis, the difference in the three teas come from the harvest and processing. Many medical researchers have proven that green tea provides the most health benefits.
Green tea gives you a lift of energy but has less caffeine than coffee (60-160mg), soda (40-70mg) or black tea (20-90mg). Green tea has 6-30mg.
Antioxidants Green tea contains a group of compounds called polyphenols. They are powerful antioxidants that are responsible for many of the therapeutic properties of green tea. One major component, called EGCG for short, is 200 times more powerful as an antioxidant than vitamin E. Green tea contains much more antioxidants than black tea.
Several powerful reasons that green tea outshines other teas, it contains an amino acid l-theanine, hundreds of aromatic oils and small amounts of several vitamins and minerals and has so many health benefits for the heart because it lowers LDL cholesterol, reduces blood pressure, lowers the risk of strokes and heart attacks, still the #1 killer in the U.S.
Preventing cancer, the #2 killer, is a major concern and animal research has shown results of extracts of green tea prevented cancer of the breast, lungs,liver, prostate, skin and colon. human studies suggest that drinking 2 or more cups of green tea a day, reduced the risk of breast cancer by 50 percent and the risk of all cancers by 10 percent.
Studies of longevity and anti-aging conducted on Japanese women showed that greater than average green tea drinkers demonstrate a lower mortality rate than other women as well as slowing the aging process. Researchers believe this to be due to a stimulating effect of green tea on the immune system.
Weight loss is a major problem in the world today. Green tea extract increases metabolism, reduces cravings and aids in weight loss. Research shows that green tea may increase daytime metabolism as much as 30-40%, but the increase cannot be attributed to the small amount of caffeine. content. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported a study found that green tea extract resulted in a significant increase in energy and fat burning.
L-Theanine, the amino acid in green tea also helps with stress. It produces tranquilizing effects in the brain. This natural relaxant, works to diminish stress, worry, and anxiety, allowing the brain to focus and concentrate better. Dr. Vendryes says, “It is a calming, mood-enhancing effect that won’t make you sleepy or groggy, it simply calms you by increasing alpha-brain waves, electrical brain activity commonly present when you are very relaxed, literally putting you in a better mood. For centuries, green tea has been used in the Orient for these anti-stress properties.”
And one more reason to add to these benefits is better bone health, regular drinking green tea is associated with both a reduced risk of osteoporosis and with the reversal of pre-existent bone degeneration.
Not all Green Teas are created equal or as effective.
Dr. Vendryes says, “Research has shown that one needs to consume a certain amount of the active ingredients in green tea to get all the benefits listed above. Many of the cheaper ‘green tea’ preparations are not potent enough. Superior health benefits are obtained from products containing Green Tea Concentrate. I personally use and recommend a convenient instant green tea herbal concentrate from Herbalife, which can be used hot or cold. It contains additional health promoting, flavor enhancing herbs.”
So, serious about your health, it’s time to for a tea party.