It’s old news that Green Tea is packed with benefits – from lengthening life to preventing a whole host of diseases, it is a great thing to incorporate into your life and diet. Astoria Surgical, in a recent article, reveals how to get the most out of your Green Tea. As recent studies have shown, Green Tea can
- Lower LDL cholesterol levels.
- Improve HDL cholesterol levels.
- Reduce the risk of blood clot formation.
- Inhibit the growth of certain forms of cancer.
- Improve digestive functions.
- Reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Reduce inflammation in diseases such as arthritis.
- Help prevent tooth decay
It is important to try to get these health benefits by drinking Green tea in the right way. Now, by no means is there a right or wrong way to enjoy tea – Green, Black, or otherwise, but there are ways to help you get more benefits.
In general,for the best benefits, Green tea is best consumed as a hot beverage, though you can get the same benefits from chilled green tea if you use a good quality leaf. If you brew hot tea first, then allow it to chill in the refrigerator, this will not lessen the content or quality of the polyphenols. However, adding ice will cause the polyphenols to combine with the caffeine content and your body will not be able to obtain the benefits. To obtain the maximum benefit from green tea as a drink, it is recommended that you consume between three and six cups per day.
So, to maximize the effects of green tea, according to Astoria Surgical, it is important to brew your own, drink it hot if possible and drink between 3 and 6 cups a day. It should be noted though, before making Green Tea a serious, regular part of your diet, you should consult a doctor. In some cases, using green tea may have a detrimental effect on your health, these include:
- Green tea may worsen cases of anemia.
- Drinking green tea may worsen pressure in the eyes, so it is not advisable to use if you suffer from glaucoma.
- If you suffer from diabetes and drink green tea, you should monitor your blood sugar levels carefully.
- The caffeine content of green tea may worsen some cases of high blood pressure.
- Drinking green tea may exacerbate the symptoms of liver disease.
Green tea has great health benefits, but it is way more important for you to be safe in terms of your body’s needs. Whether you make it part of your diet, or just a random treat – Green tea is a great thing to try, not only for your taste buds, but your health.