Green Tea — Its Many Benefits

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Introduction

Growing up in South America we lived off the land. Visits to the doctor were minimal on the best of times. If you were dying, maybe they would take you to the hospital, maybe.

Herbal teas were everything. My grandmother would send us to pick a specific herb for a specific purpose. Green tea was among the many teas we drank.

How I wish I had paid better attention.

Green Tea

Harvested from the Camellia sinensis plant, green tea boasts four bioactive compounds called catechins.

Tea is rich in polyphenols, that acts as antioxidants.   Antioxidants can neutralize harmful free radicals that would otherwise damage your cells and increase your risk of conditions like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, etc.

Catechins are compounds that prevents oxidative stress and inflammation and are part of a family of compounds known as flavonoids.

Green tea contains small amounts of minerals that are beneficial to your health.  

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So fast forward to this point in life and the realization that a desire for health and self-sufficiency in our older years demands the need for changes NOW!

Enter green tea and it’s many health benefits.

My friend, a woman in her 60’s, from China and myself are among the few persons at our workplace that drink teas.

She has been drinking tea her whole life. She is energetic, flexible and nimble as a young girl.

She usually has a plethora of actual unrefined green and black and other tea leaves and since she knows how much I love tea, she brings enough tea for two.

Many cultures have been drinking and enjoying the benefits of tea.

 

Avid tea lovers have been partaking of its goodness for eons.

Its many benefits include:

  • Helping with minor headaches
  • Used to prevent cancer
  • Weight loss
  • Increased energy and alertness
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Oral hygiene
  • Lower risk of stroke by protecting our brains
  • Lowers uric acid (gout)
  • Regulates blood glucose

Green Tea for Weight Loss

Green tea as a fat burner is quite popular. Due to a property contained in green tea in very high concentrations called polyphenols (antioxidant properties that protect us from various diseases) .

This compound helps to utilize fat via a process called thermogenesis.

Thermogenesis is the process of producing heat as a byproduct of cellular metabolism (i.e. the rate at which our bodies process and utilizes calories).

Green tea causes an increase in the amount of energy expenditure which in turn increases our metabolism.

Drinking teas, especially the unsweetened version or even with honey is a healthier option.

The constant barrage of coffee as most people’s morning beverage (myself included) results in a higher amount of daily calories and less health benefits as compared to green tea in the morning.

A substitution of green tea instead of reaching for a cup of caffeine will cumulatively make a big difference in the size of your waistline.

Studies show you can burn 75-100 additional calories if you consume three to five cups green tea each day.

Mental Alertness

Studies show that green tea contains caffeine and L-theanine. These two compounds have synergistic (they are work together) effects.

Caffeine works on the brain by blocking adenosine which is an inhibitory neurotransmitter, (adenosine is a cellular currency responsible for metabolism).

By blocking adenosine, caffeine increases the firing of neurons and the concentration of neurotransmitters like dopamine (used by the nervous system to transmit messages via the neurons), and norepinephrine aka noradrenaline, (helps focus, concentration, breakdown sugars, fats, sleep/wake, memory and so much more, but I digress), together they all help us strive and focus, increasing mental alertness.

The combination of these can potentiate improved cognitive function.

Green Tea in the Prevention of Cancer

The antioxidants present in green tea helps to eradicate free radicals responsible for premature aging and cancers.

These clever compounds (polyphenols) constantly seek out the free radicals and prevent them from binding to oxygen atoms thereby preventing the dreaded oxidation.

This oxidation damages healthy cells of the body and have been linked to illnesses like cancer, heart disease, and even strokes.

Polyphenols helps prevent inflammation and abnormal growth of cells preventing them from becoming cancerous.

Green Tea and Oral Health

Green tea contains fluoride, a key element in the protection and prevention of cavities.

Fluoride also destroys plaque-causing bacteria in the mouth, improving oral health.

The other popular morning drink; coffee stains the teeth with an ugly yellow with the dreaded coffee-breath.

The catechins present in green tea may suppress oral bacterial growth and suppress streptococcus mutans the culprit in plaque formation in our mouths.

Oral health can be greatly improved with the regular consumption of green tea.

Green Tea – Lowers Cholesterol

Green tea helps with lowering bad cholesterol (LDL)

The LDL cholesterol can accumulate on arterial walls placing us at risk for strokes and heart attacks.

The catechins in green tea help to decrease the amount of bad cholesterol. Also, the catechins help to maintain a healthy good to bad cholesterol ratio improving the overall health.

How Much Green Tea to Drink

Although variations exists, no two people will respond in like manner to the same stimuli, the recommendation is three to five cups for receive health benefits.

In moderation green tea seems safe and effective for most. If pregnant or nursing consult your primary caregiver.

Conclusion

Green tea helps to increase alertness and mental performance. It may lower cholesterol levels, blood pressure and weight loss. It may also protect the brain and lower the chance of stroke or certain kinds of infection.

Use of green tea can help with oral health problems and with lowering uric acid levels in the blood (helping those afflicted with gout).

Green tea extract can be taken in the form of pills for those who do not like the taste.  No matter the method of consumption, you would still access its many health benefits.

It helps with glucose control and longevity.

So, maybe you will begin your daily green tea regimen tomorrow!

Caution: May cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), keep hard candies, glucose or juice on hand in the event of low blood sugar.

Note:

  • Always check with your doctor before you use any new medications or natural products. Some products may not be compatible with other medications or even with natural products.
  • Green tea reduces the effectiveness of many drugs. It may increase side effects of some drugs.
  • Contains caffeine.
  • Please talk with your doctor before you start using this product.

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51 Replies to “Green Tea — Its Many Benefits”

  1. Very helpful post !
    When we moved to Newfoundland, one of the first things I bought was a teapot.
    People in Ontario, where I’m from, drink mainly coffee, but Newfoundland is an island of avid tea drinkers !
    My husband’s friend, a physician from India, has also helped us learn about the benefits of different kinds of tea.
    Thanks for sharing. 🤗

  2. Thank you for sharing. I have always known there were many benefits to drinking tea. I have a few favorites that are my comforts when I don’t feel good. I have one that is called tension tamer that has seen me through many tantrums and demanding clients. I did not know all of this information though. Thanks again and have a marvelous weekend. Stay safe.

  3. I enjoyed reading this as I was drinking my cup of tea. I mix Yogi blueberry green tea with yogi sweet Tangerine black tea. It has more caffeine, but I only drink that in the morning. My son, home from college has discovered these teas, so I’ve had to hide them until we can get to the store and get some more. LOL

  4. Green tea is excellent for all the reasons you mentioned and my family enjoys it regularly including my Dad who is a senior and in excellent health for his age.

    This may surprise you but some medications are actually negatively affected by green tea, my dietician explained to me after my transplant surgery that if drink green tea then they must increase my immuno suppressant drugs. Of course I want to take lower doses of drugs to avoid the side effects.

    I just thought I would mention this to you as some people might be on a medication regularly and want to check to see if they should avoid green tea.

    1. I love coffee a bit more than teas, always enjoyed the smell of it even before I was old enough to drink it.
      Thank you for reading, blessings.

    1. You are a ‘pioneer’ on the road to it’s great benefits…I drink a lot, especially at work, but must confess that I often drink too much coffee.
      I do not partake of sodas and juices, but coffee and teas.

  5. Pene, this information was right on time for me. My liver enzymes were elevated recently, so I got some green tea to drink occasionally. Now I know I should be drinking it three times a day. Thank you for sharing this information with us!

  6. Thank you for sharing this information! I had no idea green tea had so many benefits. I’ve been seeing a lot about it here lately but never really looked into it. I’m definitely going to be adding some to my next grocery order!

  7. So so so good. I’m a huge fan of herbal teas. Love learning that you grew up in South America. We live in the remote countryside, and medical help is far and sparse, so yes it’s very good to know how to cure things at home, and more often than not, it’s more possible as well. Also for those with little spare cash on hand, which is common enough in these areas. Lovely post. Thanks for sharing, Pene. xoxoxox

        1. Yes we are well. My Gabe went to NY as a travel RN and his brother died from the COVID as well, so it has been a little stressful, but I trust God to keep him safe. I know he wanted to go that way because, his sister and brother were ill with COVID, but the brother passed away and his mother is 87 yrs, so he was so worried.

          1. That’s awful! Is Gabe your husband’s name? How long will he be gone? I’m so sorry for your loss! The situation in NY is horrendous. I’m glad you have your faith to see you through these tough times. I am so full of admiration for all of you frontline healthcare workers. Thank you for all that you are doing. Wishing you and yours good health 🙏🏽

            1. Yes, 13 weeks so far. We will see how that goes.
              But yes the NY situation is bad. Lots of my friends (we both went to school there) are having a time with this virus and all my other family are there as well.

              1. I’ve been reading about the situation there and my heart goes out to all of the New Yorkers struggling right now. 3 months is such a long time to be separated. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.❤️

  8. Good information and like my green tea … checking with a doctor about the impact has been mostly useless for me. What doctor really knows anything about the side effects and interactions of the meds of their patients and healthy alternatives whatever?

    In my case, only a couple over seven decades! Had blood tests indicating insufficient kidneys. Luckily went to a doctor who, based on his experience, lnoted that there could be a negative relationship between my Statin drug and Tricor. He said stop the Tricor, get a blood test and come back in two weeks. I did and he indicated that all was well and I never had to see him again.

    And by the way, my triglycerides are down from 500+ to under a 100 based on lifestyle changes!

    I written posts about “The Doctor Is Way Out” in many ways

    1. I hear you, medicine is a practice … plus the big pharma always pushes for manufactured meds … but you can always research interactions.
      Happy that you are healthy. God’s peace.

    1. Great, doing research I was surprised, so I have reduced the coffee, which I love and am drinking more green tea.
      Thanks for the validation.

  9. Love this post! There are so Tea’s that do such amazing things. We have been given all the medicine needed in our earth! I have a blog on essential oils, take a look!

    1. Hi Lucy. I have looked at your blog and have been impressed with your posts. Yes God has given us everything to heal ourselves.
      Modern medicines have so much side effects. That they can leave you with more trouble along with the initial issue.
      I appreciate you.

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