Green Tea is the least processed of the four main tea varieties, which include green tea, oolong tea, black tea, and white tea. Green tea is steamed from the leaves of the plant. Because it is done without other processes, it retains most of its nutrients, including the compound epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is a powerful antioxidant that gives green tea many of its properties.
Studies have shown that green tea is good for weight loss, because it helps increase metabolism and increases the body’s ability to burn fat, which is called fat oxidation. Some of the metabolic effects of green tea come from its caffeine content. A cup of green tea doesn’t have as much caffeine as a cup of coffee, but in comparison, the coffee doesn’t have the fat oxidation properties and metabolism-boosting components.
In addition to helping with weight loss, green tea has an array of other health benefits:
• It reduces the risk of developing many forms of cancer.?• It inhibits the growth of cancer cells.?• It lowers total cholesterol levels.?• It improves the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.?• It helps reduce the risk and treats rheumatoid arthritis.?• It reduces the risk of experiencing cardiovascular disease.?• It treats impaired immune function.?• It helps prevent tooth decay.?• It prevents food poisoning.
Health professionals recommend drinking tea on a regular basis in order to receive its optimal health benefits.
People with the following conditions should speak to their health care professional before consuming green tea:
• Heart problems or high blood pressure? - Kidney disease? - Hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid) - An anxiety or nervous disorder? - Bleeding or blood clotting disorder - Any condition requiring you to take blood thinning drugs - Plant-related allergies? - If you are pregnant or could become pregnant? - If you are breastfeeding
Because green tea contains a large amount of caffeine, it should not be consumed by children, and anyone is susceptible to the following side effects:
• Irritability?• Insomnia?• Heart palpitations?• Dizziness
It is probably best to avoid green tea that comes in tea bags, because often they may contain some amounts of lower-grade tea. If you are drinking green tea strictly for weight-loss, you may not see results as quickly as you would if you bought it in its purer leaf form. Cost can reflect the quality of the tea, so the more expensive varieties are usually the best. However, if you are new to drinking green tea, you may want to consider buying the moderately-priced full-flavored varieties first, to ensure that you will like the taste of the green tea, before investing in the higher quality varieties.
Green tea tastes different than the normal tea most people are used to drinking. To enhance the flavor of green tea, you can add lemon, sugar, or milk. However, adding the sugar and milk may not be beneficial if you are trying to lose weight. In that case, low-fat milk or sugar substitutes may be better options for flavoring green tea.
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