Almost everyone has heard that green tea is good for you. But why? How could a drink come with so many benefits? The Chinese have been using green tea for it’s many potentials for years – 4000 years according to Nadine Taylor, author of “Green Tea: The Natural Secret for a Healthier Life”. They have been using it to help with anything and everything, from a simple headache to things more serious such as depression. I think it’s time for everyone to be drinking it.
Many studies have shown that drinking green tea can even lower the risk of mulitple cancers – cancers including gastric, esophageal, and mouth cancers, and even lung cancer – as well as other serious health conditions like high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, weakened immune systems, and liver disease. In 1994, The Journal of the National Cancer Institute published an article stating that a recent study determined that drinking green tea lowered the risk of esophogeal cancer in Chinese men and women by a whopping 60 percent. In a 2010 study, researchers found that the study participants who did not drink green tea were 5 times more likely to develope lung cancer, versus those who drank at least one cup of green tea a day.
Another reason to drink green tea daily is weightloss or weight maintaining. We should be thanking green tea for the epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), an intense antioxidant, that it contains for the effects that it has on weight. Several theories exist on how the green tea actually helps with weight. It increases the fat burning effect of brown fat. It sends glucose to muscles (instead of to fat, where it’s stored) to be used energy. It makes the fat from food less available to the body. It lowers the body’s production of fatty acids, cholesterol, and blood fat.
Be careful though. Green tea does contain caffeine. Although it is not as much as a cup of coffee, it is enough to have an impact. There are decaf green teas available if you are sensitive to the caffeine.
So how many cups a day should you drink? It is recommended that a person should drink 3-5 cups a day.