Green tea may have a number of health benefits. For example, it may help weight management, skin inflammation, and type 2 diabetes. Some research has also linked it’s consumption to improved cardiovascular health.
Also, it has one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants of any tea. It is naturally low in calories and contains less caffeine than black tea and coffee.
Types of green teas
There are a wide variety of green teas available around the world. The type called sencha is the most popular and usually the easiest to find. Other lesser known varieties include:
- Fukamushi Sencha (or Fukamushi Ryokucha)
Remeber! To avail the full antioxidant powers of green tea, it must be consumed in-between-meals. This means, you should consume it at least two hours before and two hours after your meal.
Regularly drinking green tea can help you lose weight and reduce your risk of several diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Drinking three to five cups of it per day seems to be optimal to reap the most health benefits.
- Helps to protect heart health;
- Can help to prevent Alzheimer’s or memory loss;
- May improve glycemic control and normalize blood sugar levels;
Helps to protect brain cells from free radical damage;
Improves bone health;
- Can protect vision and eye damage;
- Reduces appetite.
Flavan-3-ols, the type of flavonoids found in green tea and other teas, provide many of the anti-aging effects of green tea.
A well-known compound found in green tea is called EGCG (which stands for epigallocatechin-3-gallate). EGCG is associated with enhanced metabolic activities that may prevent weight gain or assist with weight maintenance.
Some of the benefits of green tea associated with the consumption of these compounds include reduced allergies, eye health and better vision, skin health, improved immune function, enhanced endurance, and protection from free radical damage and cancer.
- Place your tea bag or high-quality tea leaves (purchase organic from a reputable company for the best tea) in your teapot.
- Heat or boil water, but don’t let it completely boil and become too hot, as this can destroy some of the delicate compounds found in green tea leaves. The “ideal” temperature for brewing green tea is between 70 degrees Celsius to 80 degrees Celsius (traditionally standard Chinese green teas brew at a slightly higher temperatures). Pour hot water into the teapot to steep the leaves for only about 1–3 minutes. Larger leaves need more time to steep than finer, smaller leaves. At this point you can also add any fresh herbs you plan on steeping.
- Once brewed, pour a little tea at a time into each cup in order to have the tea’s strength be evenly distributed. At this point, you can add some lemon juice or raw honey as the finishing touch.
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