Over the last few years it seems everyone in the health industry has been shouting about the benefits of green tea, but what exactly are they? How should you consume it? And even how much is enough to see the health benefits? These are just some of the questions that it’s not easy to find the answers to, so in this article I’m going to clear up these grey areas and give you all the information you’ll need to start benefiting from this great tea….
Although it has been used in China for hundreds of years for it’s health benefits it’s only over the last few decades that us in the west have caught on and learned that green tea can reduce the risk of oesophageal cancer, compounds in the tea can block the growth of other cancers, green tea can improve your ratio of good (HDL) to bad (LDL) cholesterol levels, help fight off infection, improve rheumatoid arthritis, speed up your metabolism increasing weight loss, improve immune function and help prevent cardiovascular disease.
To serve green tea just boil the kettle and away you go, the flavour doesn’t work well with sugar and milk and besides why drink something healthy and then reduce it’s benefits by adding in foods which produce negative effects in the body. Also it’s important to use organic tea as tea is one of the most heavily sprayed crops and drinking non-organic will again reduce the health benefits.
How much should you drink? From the studies that have been carried out over the years benefits have been reported from drinking 4 to 10 cups per day and although this area is still unclear I would aim for 5 cups a day just to be safe but if you are really dedicated you could go for 10 cups and if all of this seems impossible to you there are many green tea capsules available on the market that can give you all the heath benefits in an easy to swallow capsule.
So there you have, what are you still sitting there for… go and put the kettle on!