Some Reasons Why Green Tea Is Good For You 

The Chinese have been drinking green tea for thousands of years.  They use the tea for treating various types of illnesses. It is believed the green tea is linked to longevity and the Chinese do have the highest rate of people living over the age of one hundred.  Drinking green tea has now become popular throughout the rest of the world. 

Green tea comes from the Camelia sinensis plant.  The way the tea is processed is what sets it apart from other tea.  Green tea leaves are steamed which prevents the important contents from being oxidized.  Other tea brands are made from fermented tea leaves.  This process results  in compounds being converted into other compounds which are not as effective as that of green tea. 

Green tea contains high levels of antioxidants. These antioxidants counteract the harmful effect of free radicals which are introduced into the body from external sources such as pollution, stress, smoking, and diet.  The antioxidants help prevent the disease which may be brought on by the free radicals. 

In addition to the antioxidants, green tea contains vitamins and minerals.  It contains vitamin B6 which plays a vital role in the metabolism of the body.  The vitamins B1 and B2 contained in green tea are essential for releasing energy from food.  Green tea contains magnesium which is essential for bone growth and body development and it contains potassium which helps maintain the body’s fluid levels and helps keep the heart pumping normally. 

Green tea is said to inhibit the growth of cancer cells especially in the pancreas colon, bladder, rectum, esophagus and stomach without harming healthy cells. 

Green tea improves the defense action of the immune system and helps the body fight bacteria and viruses. 

Green tea may be helpful for those suffering with rheumatoid arthritis. 

Green tea may reduce the risk of having hypertension.  It may also reduce the cholesterol level in the body. 

Because of its calming effects, green tea helps reduce stress and fatigue. 

Green tea may help lower the incidence of heart disease. 

Green tea may help dieters eliminate some fat from the body and may help the body to burn more calories. 

Green tea may help prevent tooth decay.   

Green tea’s bacterial action may help prevent food poisoning. 

There are different kinds of green tea available in the market and they will differ in the amount of caffeine content.  A cup of green tea contains caffeine levels of between 20 and 70 milligrams.  It is recommended that you consume 3 or 4 cups of green tea daily.  Drinking the tea should not be taken as a substitute for drinking water. 

One of the harmful effects of green tea is the caffeine causing some people to have difficulty sleeping or to experience insomnia.  However, the caffeine level in green tea is lower than the caffeine level in coffee or black tea.   

For those people who want to experience the benefits of green tea but do not want to drink the tea there are green tea capsules available in health food stores and some drug stores and super stores as well as online. 

If you are pregnant or if you are taking prescription medications please check with your health care professional before consuming the green tea to be sure it will not interfere with the compounds in the medications.