Green Tea for your Health and Wellness

green-tea2

Why you should drink Green Tea??
Green tea is a wonderful beverage with potential health benefits. But if you’re not familiar with a few basic techniques, you can wind up with a tea that’s grassy, bitter, or just too strong.

Health Benefits
Green tea is particularly rich in health-promoting flavonoids (which account for 30% of the dry weight of a leaf), including catechins and their derivatives.
The latest studies provide a deeper understanding of the ways in which green tea:

Protects against Death from All Causes, Especially Cardiovascular Disease
Compared with participants who consumed less than 1 cup of green tea per day, those drinking 5 or more cups a day had a significantly lower risk of death from all causes and, specifically, risk of death from CVD, with women receiving even stronger protection than men

Green Tea Benefits
In Women
23% lower risk of dying from any cause
31% lower risk of dying from CVD
62% lower risk of dying from stroke
In Men
12% lower risk of dying from any cause
22% lower risk of dying from CVD
42% lower risk of dying from stroke

Helps you lose weight

If you want to cut those extra inches around your tummy, switching to green tea could be a simpler way. A new study shows that green tea extract increases the rate of calorie burning by the body. It reduces blood fat, cholesterol, bloated ness, detoxifies the body and suppresses untimely food cravings. Enabled with diuretic properties, it also eliminates excess water and thereby reduces excess weight. So the best way to get rid of that paunch is to have green tea along with the right amount of bodily exercise.

Boosts exercise endurance
According to scientists, antioxidants present in green tea extracts increase body’s ability to burn fat as fuel which accounts for improved muscle endurance. It also enhances energy levels and boosts your metabolism.

Reduces the risk of heart attack
Drinking green tea rapidly improves the health of body cells lining the blood vessels and also helps in lowering one`s risk for heart disease.The flavonoids present in this tea protect the heart by relaxing the blood vessels so blood can flow more easily.So,protect your heart and have green tea on a regular basis.

Fights against various cancers
The antioxidants in tea helps protect against a shipload of cancers, including breast, colon, colorectal, skin, lung, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, liver, ovarian, prostate and oral cancers. Green tea extract is reported to induce cancer cell death and starve tumours by curbing the growth of new blood vessels that feed them.

Hydration benefits
If you love drinking green tea then there is good news for you.Contrary to common belief that tea dehydrates,green tea provides hydration benefits similar to water.Tea not only rehydrates as well as water does, it also has many other health benefits.

Protection from harmful ultraviolet rays
The sun’s UV rays in summer act as a constant threat. Green tea is rich in antioxidants that scavenge harmful free radicals in the body according to researches. Also using green tea extracts along with your sunscreen could afford you the greatest level of sun protection.

Keeps Diabetes in check
Green tea can do wonders to a person suffering from diabetes.Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar. It also triggers and stimulates insulin production and activates the functioning of pancreas to some extent.Blood sugar level in the body is also normalized and regularized by the use of green tea.

Prevention and treatment of neurological diseases
Polyphenols in green tea may help maintain the parts of brain that regulate learning and memory. So, regular consumption of green tea could help in prevention of degenerative and neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson`s.

Anti- Ageing benefits
Antioxidants found in green tea fight free radicals thereby keeping a check on ageing and promoting longevity.Because it contains high levels of oligomeric proanthocyanidins one of the most powerful antioxidants, Green Tea is thought to help slow down the premature ageing process.

Boosts your immunity
Polyphenols and Flavonoids present in green tea boost the immune system to make the human body stronger in fighting various infections. Also, Vitamin C present in green tea keeps cold and flu away.

Here’s how to get a perfect cup of green tea:

Ingredients
Green tea bags, leaves or pearls (about 1 tsp. per cup of water)
Hot water
Tulsi leaves ( 5-6 leaves)

Steps
Determine how many cups of green tea you would want to make. The general guideline is one teaspoon (5 g) of green tea leaves (or pearls) per one cup of water. This will yield one cup of brewed tea.
Measure out the desired amount of green tea leaves (or pearls) and place them in your tea strainer or sieve.
Fill a non-reactive pot or pan (glass or stainless steel) with water and heat it to about 180 °F (80 °C). You can use a candy thermometer to watch the temperature, but if you don’t have one, then keep an eye on the water so that it doesn’t boil.
Place the filled tea strainer or sieve into an empty mug or cup.
Pour the heated water into the mug, over the tea leaves.
Steep the tea leaves for 2 – 3 minutes but not any longer, or else your tea will become slightly bitter.
Remove the tea strainer from the mug.
Let your tea cool down for a few moments and enjoy your perfect cup of green tea.

Tips
You can add lemon juice for better taste.
To re-use your tea leaves (or pearls) just plunge the tea strainer into a cup of ice water immediately after the steeping process. Depending on the type of tea you’re using, you should be able to get at least one additional use of your leaves or pearls.
Add half a teaspoon of sugar if too bitter.
If too weak, steep tea leaves until perfect.
If you drink a lot of green tea, consider installing a hot-water dispenser on your kitchen sink. The temperature is perfect for green tea.
Some people shorten their preparation time by heating water in a microwave, however tea connoisseurs do not recommend this.
Filtered water is especially recommended, especially if your tap water has a distinct taste or smell.
A glass coffee press (if you’re making more than one cup) or a glass mug (if you’re making one cup at a time) will allow the tea to cool quickly, minimizing bitterness.

Warnings
The second biggest mistake is to steep for too long. Green tea shouldn’t be steeped for more than 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. White or silver teas should be steeped for even shorter periods–a minute and a half is usually perfect.
The biggest mistake you can make with green tea is to steep it in water that’s too hot. Green, white or silver teas are different from black teas in that they need water that’s only about 180° to 185° (80 °C to 85 °C).

Advertisements

One thought on “Green Tea for your Health and Wellness

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s