Green tea is good for you, but just like fruit and vegetables, you want to drink green tea of high quality and you want to drink it in moderation. And just like vitamins, exercise, etc., green tea provides maximum benefit if you drink it daily on a consistent basis. Drinking it once in awhile will probably provide little to no benefit, and consuming it in large amounts, especially in short periods, could have unexpected effects.
In general, good health is something that you need to focus on daily. Green tea can be a good part of that healthy diet, just like proper nutrition and exercise. If you are interested in making green tea a part of your daily health regimen, please make sure you check with your doctor first.
Green tea is often spoken of in the context of cardiovascular disease. It helps to lower LDL cholesterol, which is responsible for the formation of blood clots and thus reduces the risks of stroke and heart attacks. It is in fact as effective as aspirin in preventing platelets from clotting and greatly reduces levels of thromboxane, which is the villain in causing blood clots. It also promotes the production of HDL and does away with plaque present in the arteries.
This fact maybe explains why the Japanese who drink a lot of green tea do not suffer as much from heart disease as their compatriots around the world. The anti oxidants in the green tea are supposed to ensure that the liver is protected against toxins present in cigarette ad alcohol. Early days yet, but the research done seems to point that way.
Green tea also helps to burn those extra calories and when combined with caffeine augments the calorie burning. It increases the energy that is expended, helps to oxidize fats. In many parts of eastern India, green tea extract is commonly sold in many forms. In addition to this, many parts of Asia and in India, green tea and its extracts have also been used to prevent dental plaque and hence prevent tooth decay. Deodorants and creams promoting oral health are being advertised strongly as science and technology has provided evidence that green tea can actually afford some protection against bacteria causing cavities because of its fluoride content.
The anti oxidant present in green tea help to decrease inflammation of blood and this in turn helps to prevent arthritis. New studies indicate that the beneficial effects of green tea could also include means to combat cancer especially lung cancer. People have always been plagued by high blood pressure, which is triggered by the loss of elasticity in the arteries. Green tea inhibits the production of the substances, which cause the arteries to constrict. Diabetes, which is even more common than high blood pressure, can actually be kept under control by consuming green tea. Starch in any form is converted into sugar and this is done with the help of an enzyme called amylase. The polyphenols present in green tea extract reduces the amount of amylase produced and hence the levels of sugar in the blood also decrease.
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