By Unknown - June 10, 2017

Green tea

Green tea leaves are harvested from the Camellia sinensis plant and are then quickly heated by pan firing or steaming and dried to prevent withering and oxidation from occurring  which differentiates it from black tea.

Mostly referred to as the elixir of life, green tea has been used as a medicine for thousands of years.
Green tea originated in China, but its production has spread to many countries in Asia.

Recent studies has shown that green tea has potentially positive effects on majority of conditions affecting people today, from cardiovascular diseases to mental health.

Here are some of the possible health benefits.

Green tea contains Antioxidants that enhance health.

Antioxidants neutralize free radicals and may help prevent the formation of free radicals in the body. Antioxidants in green tea such as flavonoids and catechins, are powerful antioxidants. They protect the cells in the body from damage by neutralizing free radicals.
These free radicals are known to play a role in aging and all sorts of diseases.

Catechins are also antibacterial and antiviral in nature, proving effective against infections such as influenza, throat infections and dental conditions. It may also help to prevents various types on cancer.

Green tea contains caffeine.

Caffeine has many effects on your body's metabolism. It stimulates your central nervous system, which can make you feel more awake and give you a boost of energy.
Its a diuretic, meaning that it helps your body get rid of extra salt and water by urinating more.

Green tea improves mental health.

Green tea contains an amino acid called Theanine. Theanine helps in managing anxiety,Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and in preventing dementia.

Others include managing hypertension, reducing Ldl (bad cholesterol), and reducing glucose levels.

Note though that green tea may not be ideal for pregnant women because it contains tannins which reduce iron and folic acid absorption, which are important for fetal development.

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