Green Tea- Rich in AntioxidantsTweet
Sep 20, 2016 , 6 min read
Synopsis: Green Tea’s popularity is growing with every passing day and why not? With its amazing benefits, it is fast replacing coffee and mainly used for detoxification.
So, Green Tea basically comes from Camellia Sinensis plant, but its leaves are not fermented but withered and steamed. Camellia plant is known for being a rich source of antioxidants. It is considered as a super food by many and is used to eliminate toxins from the body and reduce weight.
About 3 cups of Green Tea everyday is also said to put heart disease at bay! So how does this work?
Antioxidants & Benefits of Green Tea:
Let’s start from the source, the Camellia plant is a rich source of polyphenols, the polyphenols are antioxidants that eliminate toxic free radical cells from the body! Green Tea is said to contain about 10 times more antioxidants when compared to fruits and vegetables. This reduces the chances of heart disease, high cholesterol and it is even shown to lower the chances of breast and oesophageal cancer.
Green Tea is also the best source of Catechins, which is said to be more powerful than Vitamin C and Vitamin E in eliminating oxidative stress in the body. Catechins are flavonoids and antioxidants that are the hidden agent that enhance the benefits of Green Tea. The catechins also eliminate bacteria and viruses that are responsible for throat infections, tooth decay and other dental conditions.
Due to the presence of these antioxidants, Green Tea also helps in regulating glucose levels and avoiding insulin spikes in diabetic patients. These antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties of Green Tea help with skin wrinkles and prevent your skin from ageing.
Green Tea provides a relaxing or soothing effect due to the presence of amino acids in them and this helps deal with stress, anxiety and depression.
How much to consume and precautions:
Ideally, you can consume upto 3 cups per day; if you are sensitive to caffeine then about 1 cup per day should do. Pregnant women especially should be aware of the fact that Green Tea contains Tannins which absorbs iron and folic acid in the body so it is better to avoid it.
Allowing the tea to brew for 5 minutes can bring out the catechins and drinking freshly brewed tea will help supply flavonoids and antioxidants.