Health Properties of Green Tea

In the United States black tea has been the staple for many families for decades in recent years green tea has been introduced to our palates.  In China green tea has been used as a medicine for thousands of years it is said that in green tea was discovered by a Chinese emperor.  When some tea leaves accidentally fell into hot water the emperor tasted it and found that it made him feel rejuvenated and invigorated.  Green tea has been a staple in many Chinese diets because of the health benefits it is thought to have.  In fact recent studies have proven the health benefits of green tea.

One of the most interesting benefits of green tea is that green tea extract is said to be a potent weight loss supplement.  In fact, most popular weight loss supplements on the market today contain a green tea extract.  You can learn more about the weight loss benefits of green tea extract by visiting this website.

There are three main types of tea green, black, and white and they all are made from the leaves of the Camilla sinensis plant.  The main difference between the three types is how they are produce, green tea is unfermented. The leaves are picked and dried and used immediately.  Black tea on the other hand is made from tea leaves that are fermented.  This fermentation process strips the tea of much of its nutritional value as well as its antioxidant properties.

Green tea is shown to have high levels of antioxidants, in particular and the ones called polyphenols and flavonoids.  The antioxidant level of green tea has been compared to that of many fruits and vegetables.  One study even indicated that by consuming just 3 cups of tea you would be consuming the same amount of antioxidants found in six apples.  The benefit of antioxidants is that they help your body fight against free radicals, these are known to damage cells and tissues in your body and a higher level of free radicals is also known to be present in cancer cells.

Recent medical research has revealed that green tea can be beneficial to the body in many areas including:
Digestion, respiratory health, lower cholesterol levels, a healthy immune system, lower blood pressure, and anti -inflammatory effect, and certain anti-bacterial properties, lower blood sugar, help with skin conditions, and as stated above assistance with weight loss by speeding up fat oxidation.
Overall green tea is an excellent choice when you are searching for a beverage to drink.