Green tea (made from the Camellia sinensis plant) differs from black tea (also Camellia sinensis) because the leaves are fresh and dried rather than fermented. It contains the high concentrations of catechin polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidant compounds. The Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (ORAC) number of Green tea has been well researched is shown to be a great addition to the diet for the antioxidant support that it offers, as are many fresh foods.
Green tea contains caffeine, but it has less than black tea and a substantially smaller amount than in coffee. According to Food Safety New Zealand, a single shot of espresso has around 80mg of caffeine, a latte has about 99mg, and a cup of black tea has about 55mg. Green tea contains between 14mg and 37 mg per cup depending on how long it is brewed for.
Tea has been consumed for thousands of years, and so possibly because of this, has been well studied for the ways that it impacts on human health. Recent research has revealed what the Chinese people might have known for millennia, that regularly drinking green tea supports memory and enhances mental alertness into old age. The art of tea drinking is a celebrated ritual of the Chinese and other eastern cultures, with green tea valued for its ability to uplift the spirits as well as nourish the body.
Green tea also shows potential as a natural weight management option due to the caffeine content and its ability to warm up the body. The catechins (antioxidants) in green tea may support energy. Alongside diet and lifestyle changes, green tea can assist positive outcomes, especially if consumed regularly for more than 6 weeks.
The antioxidants in green tea have been shown to support healthy LDL cholesterol levels, a great thing for people who are concerned about their cholesterol results. It’s also beneficial to heart health as it contributes to our hydration in the same way that water does, helping to keep normal blood volume pressure within the arteries.
Green tea is also a great stress reliever, promoting relaxation and giving a more restful sleep. This action is attributed to the amino acid L-theanine, although a cup of tea contains such low concentrations of it that you may require a green tea supplement or whole leaf Matcha for more desirable effects.
With so many benefits possible from a simple cup of tea, maintaining good health seems a lot easier to achieve. Remember, to get the most from your green tea experience, choose your favourite teacup and take time out from your busy life to fully enjoy it in peaceful natural surroundings.
-The HealthPost Naturopaths
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