Originating in China, green tea is unfermented and contains very low levels of caffeine, less than 50 milligrams per cup. Green tea has high levels of polyphenols which act as anti-oxidants, blocking harmful molecules (free radicals) in the body. Because it is unfermented, more of the polyphenols are present at the time of brewing. This makes green tea one of the best teas to drink for health reasons.
Green tea has been extensively studied for its cancer-fighting properties. In 1994, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute concluded that the risk of esophageal cancer was reduced by nearly 60% in people who drank green tea! In addition, University of Purdue researchers have concluded that properties in green tea actually inhibit the growth of cancer cells. More research has shown that green tea can lower total cholesterol levels!
What exactly makes green tea so much better than other teas? As well as black and oolong tea, the green tea comes from the Camellia Sinesis plant. What makes it different from these other teas is the way that is processed. Green tea leaves are steamed, which prevents the beneficial compounds from being oxidized. Black and oolong teas are fermented, which causes more of the beneficial compounds to be converted to other compounds, making them less effective in preventing and fighting various diseases.
So here are just a few of the medical conditions which green tea can possibly help:
To brew hot, heat water to just below the boiling point (175-185 degrees F). Place one tea bag in your cup, pour in the water and infuse for one to three minutes.
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