Where health is concerned, there should never be a compromise, even if one has to consume a bitter pill once or twice a day. But then, here it is not a discussion about bitter pills, but something the Chinese and Japanese have contributed to the world in the form of green tea. And this is one gift to the world that is known to have miraculous medicinal properties.
The Chinese and Japanese have been consuming this since the last 4,000 years.
In fact, the natural medical practitioners prescribe green tea as part of the normal daily regime. In many parts of the China and Japan they still practice the elaborate tea ceremony, where a group of people get together to have a cup of green tea, in a meditative way.
Though the benefits of this tea have been known for so long, yet the west has only begun to recognize it as a health drink. Many scientists and medical practitioners are not only researching the numerous benefits of the tea, but are also promoting it. In a 1994 research paper published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, which was the results of a study that indicated that those who drank green tea were at a reduced risk (60%) of esophageal cancer – Chinese men and women.
According to researchers at the University of Purdue; they recently came to the conclusion that there is a compound in green tea that curtails the growth of cancer cells. Also the tea has properties that lower the cholesterol levels. It also balances the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol and bad (LDL) cholesterol.
What is in green tea that makes it so vastly promoted amongst the global medical fraternity? Primarily, green tea has an important ingredient termed as catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). This is a vital anti-oxidant. This has the ability to not only inhibit the growth of cancer cells, but also them without harming the healthy tissue. Green tea leaves also have properties that prevent the abnormal formation of blood clots; which is one of main causes for heart attacks and stroke.
Below are listed the varied health benefits of green tea:
· It helps prevent cancer. Studies have proven that its strong anti-oxidant property can reduce bladder, colon, esophageal, pancreas, rectum, and stomach cancer by up to approximately 60%.
· It lowers the ‘bad’ cholesterol, which is known as LDL
· It inhibits the abnormal formation of blood clots, which in turn can prevent thrombosis, strokes and heart attacks.
· It reduces high blood pressure
· It lowers the blood sugar level and is helpful where Type II Diabetes is concerned.
· It washes the toxins that tend to accumulate on the liver
· Helps in maintaining optimum oral health by suppressing the formation of plaque formation.
· It also destroys the bacteria that bring about plaque formation.
· To a large extent it control or retards the aging process.
· It functions as a boost for the immune system.
· It helps prevent bacterial and viral infections.
· It helps relieve one from excessive fatigue and exertion.
· It helps maintain a healthy balance of the body fluids.
· It helps stimulate the metabolic rate
· It helps burn calories, thereby promoting healthy and brisk weight loss.
Brewing a cup of green tea is extremely simple. There are a couple of companies that manufacture green tea bags, as well as sell them as tea leaves. To brew a cup one does not have to boil the tea bag or leaves in the water. Instead they need to boil the water, pour it into the cup, then add the bag or leaves, cover the cup and wait for about three minutes. The tea is ready to drink. In case one finds it too bitter then they can add some honey or sugar. One can also have iced green tea by refrigerating the blend. And to make something tasty one can add a little ginger, honey and lemon with lots of ice.