There are a variety of teas that you can enjoy. Most people are familiar with black tea that is offered in restaurants or stores but there is another color out there you should get to know for a variety of reasons; sometimes called Chinese or Japanese tea or just plain old Green tea.
In many Eastern medical practices and traditions, green tea was used in many ways including as a stimulant, astringent and a diuretic. The benefits and effects of green tea have been documented extensively in human, animal and laboratory tests. The plant itself that green tea is derived from is actually the same that Black and Oolong teas are taken from, the difference being Black tea is completely fermented, Oolong is partially fermented and Green tea leaves are completely unfermented. The fermentation process affects the polyphenol content and therefore if the leaves are left unfermented, you have a higher level of polyphenol and interestingly, lower caffeine content. Those polyphenols do however, give it a bitter flavor. Polyphenols possess remarkable anti-oxidant qualities which is one of the more appreciated qualities it has.
The list of other benefits Green tea and supplements offer are extensive and available with some quick research but here are just a few of the healthy qualities it can provide. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published an article in 2011 that stated in trials involving 1,136 people, they found lowered levels of overall cholesterol and LDL –the bad cholesterol the doctor keeps warning about. It’s believed that one of the anti-oxidant groups found in Green tea; catechins, appears to decrease the absorption of cholesterol in the stomach.
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