I am a huuuuge Green tea fan, it’s something everyone needs in their life and here I’m going to tell you why. Widely credited as one of the most healthy drinks around, I have at least 2 cups a day and there are many reasons why you should ditch the PG tips, and go green. Whilst it is sometimes just associated with weight-loss and lumped into the ‘things-to-eat-and-drink-when-trying-to-loose-a-few pounds’ category…there are a whole host of benefits that are not worth pushing to one side.
The origins of Green tea lie in China but it is in fact part of a much wider Asian culture. Made from the leaves of ‘Camellia sinensis’, the tea comes in many different forms, but for me the standard Sainsburys fairtrade original Green tea has pretty much everything you need. So why is it so good? Here is a list provided by the Daily Mail of some of the many health benefits:
- Helps burn fat by speeding up the metabolic rate
- Can help lower blood pressure by tackling an enzyme which triggers hypertension
- Can help protect against diabetes, as it contains polyphenols which inhibit starch, and so can help lower blood sugar levels.
- It can help also prevent food poisoning as it can kill harmful bacteria
- The tea can also prevent bad breath by killing oral bacteria that cause cavities and bad breath.
- Green tea guards against hepatitis by decreasing iron levels throughout the body, including those in the liver – the cause of viral hepatitis.
- The tea can protect against cancer as it contains a compound called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which helps inhibit blood vessel growth.
- It can help prevent arthritis, working in much the same way as anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Gargling with the tea boosts immunity to influenza and flu, according to a study in Japan.
- A study also found 96 per cent of those who drank ten cups of green tea a day showed no signs of the cognitive impairment linked to Alzheimer’s, compared to only 12 per cent who didn’t drink green tea.
If this isn’t enough to convince you, an article in the Telegraph from August 2012, cites a study from the University of Strathclyde, which found that regular consumption of Green tea could help ‘eradicate cancer tumours’, interesting because ‘this is the first time researchers have managed to make it effective at shrinking tumours’. Furthermore, an even more recent article from the NHS recommends Green tea as a ‘Brain booster’, because it increases the flow of blood to the brain. Wow!
Supermarkets stock a wide variety of the good stuff, from own-brands to Twinings. Even better, if the plain original isn’t exciting enough for you or the taste isn’t your cup of tea, there is a wide variety of funky flavours to try. Green tea with lemon, peppermint nettle, pomegranate, raspberry, mixed berries, ginger, camomile, jasmine ETC the list goes on!
So as I sit here sippin’ on my tea, so should you! Do it!