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Below a story of a coffee drinker that turned to green tea and shared her experiences regarding the health benefits.
Sometimes when one writes about a topic as large and important as the health benefits of green tea consumption, it pays to begin at the beginning. So, at the risk of being too obvious, let’s start here: in order to derive the benefits of green tea consumption you must first drink it on a regular basis.
And for most Americans, starting a pattern of drinking green tea regularly is no small task. For me it took the cajoling of a family member just to get me to try it; and I mean really give it a chance. After all, I’m a coffee drinker and coffee drinkers don’t drink tea!
So, almost to appease this persistent family member, I followed his instructions and purchased a large ceramic tea pot, a supply of good quality green tea, and, per his instructions, brewed a large supply of green tea every few days. He insisted that this was the only way to go. He’s a very efficient type of person and he explained that having a jug of home-brewed green tea in the refrigerator so it’s easily available, is the only way a coffee-drinker can hope to establish the green tea drinking habit.
Being the good sport that I am, I followed his instructions and drank at least three cups a day, very consistently, for a month or so. The results of this diet change on my general sense of well-being both psychologically and physiologically were rather dramatic.
If you have some time to kill, then plug in “green tea health benefits” into Google and you’ll have plenty to read for at least a month. The heath benefits derived from drinking green tea are well-documented both subjectively and scientifically. Think of it this way, the evidence that green tea consumption is healthy comes from two arenas of human knowledge. The scientific, which I will call hard evidence and the subjective which I classify soft evidence.
After over six months of consistent green tea consumption I have discovered at least 3 unexpected health benefits of drinking green tea. Let me list these benefits and for the purposes of clarity, I will classify each benefit as being either hard or soft. i.e. either scientific or subjective.
1. Weight loss. Evidence type: hard and soft. I drink most of my green tea with breakfast. Right off the bat I had a decision to make: it was either my orange juice or green tea. I couldn’t do both. So I dropped the OJ. It wasn’t easy, but only after a week, I didn’t miss OJ at all. The hard fact is that dropping OJ from my breakfast means I am dropping 28,000 calories from my diet every year. (Sounds incredible but I did the math). Soft evidence: since I started drinking green tea in the morning it seems I get hungry much later than I used to.
2. Green tea will reduce cholesterol. Evidence type: hard. Green tea will reduce bad cholesterol but not significantly say scientists. Drinking up to 10 cups a day, however, will reduce the bad cholesterol significantly. Drinking 10 cups a day is probably unreasonable but it does indicate, as stated above, that green tea is more of a food than a beverage.
3. Reduced alcohol consumption. Evidence type: soft. I am going to tread very lightly here because this very unexpected benefit is very personal. My doctor has told me in no uncertain terms that I consumed too much alcohol. But as any real alcohol drinker knows, quitting or reducing drinking is easier said than done. But one night I decided to drink green tea instead of alcohol. That night for some reason, I didn’t drink any alcohol. Long story short, I hardly drink alcohol at all anymore. I drink the tea and it supplants the need for alcohol. But this is strictly personal. I don’t want to sound like a quack. But what told you is true.
As stated at the outset of this article the benefits of green tea drinking are voluminous. You can do your own Google research to prove that. But what I tried to communicate here is my personal relationship with green tea. If that statement sounds a little other-worldly or super-spiritual, maybe it is. And if you think I am an evangelist for green tea, maybe I am. But if you want to know why I bothered to write this piece about green tea, I think it’s gratitude. I am thankful for a persistent family member who convinced me to try it and I am thankful to mother nature herself for providing such a wonderful, delicious, and healthy food.
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Sometimes, seeing all of the articles coming out, it seems like Green Tea is a miracle drink. From helping with thought clarity, helping high blood pressure, and preventing cancer – what can Green Tea not help with? And now there’s yet one more thing you can add to the list- green tea could prevent Diabetes.
Helena Ng, a PhD student at Hobart’s Menzies Research Institute , has found that the consumption of green tea prevents rats from getting diabetes. She said that the rats had been fed an unhealthy diet that normally led to the early stages of diabetes, but not when the diet was accompanied by green tea.
She said before she could find out if the popular Asian beverage also provided a shield against the disease in humans, she needed to find a way to get people to consume it in large quantities. Ng said it would be harder still to persuade Tasmanians to drink the required 200 cups a day.
“To put it in capsules or tablets — that is likely to be the next step,” she said.
Ms Ng said, instead of stuffing tea leaves into tablets, she was hoping she could include just the green tea components that were not found in the more familiar black teas. She said green tea, if proven, could become a welcome alternative to existing anti-diabetes medications, which had side-effects.
This discovery isn’t a cure though – Green Tea can prevent having diabetes but cannot cure it. This is a great step in learning how to prevent diseases like this occurring. And it only makes you wonder what it is about the components in Green Tea that can take it to this level. Though it’s not a cure, it’s one more reason to go green in your tea drinking.
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Green tea is some good stuff. From helping with heart and high blood pressure to having the just right amount of caffiene to get your thinking cap on – it is a great thing to integrate into your every day life. Whether you drink it iced or hot, in smoothies or straight – Green tea can really help make you healthier. Here are 6 ways Green Tea can make you healthier:
1) It boosts your metabolism. Drinking green tea can help increase your metabolism and reduce body fat and weight. In addition, it also helps to keep you hydrated, which is necessary for maintaining a healthy metabolic rate.
2) It has more benefits than your average diet soda. Drinking diet versions of fizzy drinks can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes in women by a huge 60 per cent, according to a new study by the National Institute of Health and Medical Research in France. It’s thought that aspartame, the artificial sweetener used in diet soda, has a similar negative effect on blood glucose to the sucrose used in ordinary soft drinks. Why not swap all of that risk for the benefits Green Tea offers?
3) It reduces your risk of stroke. Sipping on a cup of green tea every day could slash the risk of stroke by up to a third, according to the latest large-scale study.
4) It is a major fat-burner. This waist-trimming tea is filled with antioxidants called catechins and just enough caffeine to give you a buzz without leaving you wired. A study published in the journal Obesity found that EGCG, a powerful compound in the brew, helps slow down weight gain.
5) It can help you have better runs. Brew up a cup of green tea for faster, longer runs. Research from Colorado State University found that the tea’s main antioxidant, EGCG, can improve your V02 max – a measure of how efficiently your body uses oxygen.
6) It helps with Memory. Green tea doesn’t just help your heart and ward off wrinkles. A pot of the green stuff can also help sharpen your memory. A study by the Third Military Medical University in China found EGCG also helps to improve cognitive function by boosting the generation of neural progenitor cells.
With all of these great benefits, go ahead put the kettle on and get to making the green stuff. It can only help you and could even get you on the path to a healthier life. We may be reaching the latter end of the swimsuit season, but it’s never a bad time to start getting healthy.