Traditionally, green tea has always been a source of good health and even weight loss. But here are some other benefits of Green Tea:
Weight Loss. Green Tea increases your metabolic rate. It increases the level of fat oxidation.
Diabetes. Many sufferers of diabetes have experienced the effect of green tea helping to regulate glucose levels and actually seeing lower levels of blood sugar after meals.
Heart Disease. Green tea works by preventing clots, one of the main causes of heart diseases. It also has beneficial effects on the linings of blood vessels.
Oesophageal Cancer. It is widely believed that Green Tea no only has positive effects of preventing oesophageal cancer, but also kills cancer cells in general.
Cholesterol. The balance of good vs bad cholesterol is important. Green tea helps to regulate this and also increases the amount of good cholesterol.
Depression. Theanine is a substance that is believed to provide a relaxing effect and hence, it is a great benefit found in green tea.
Anti-viral and Anti-bacterial. Catechins found in tea are powerful anti-bacterial and anti-viral agents. This means that they can help fight against a multitude of problems, from tooth decay to throat infections, from the common flu to cancer even.
Here is a simple Green Tea Recipe:
1 cup fresh mint leaves, washed
3-4 green tea bags
Honey or agave, fresh lavender leaves (optional)
Place mint leaves in a large glass or BPA-free plastic pitcher. Crush gently with clean hands. Add tea bags, and pour hot water over top, leaving a few inches of room. Cover and refrigerate for 4-6 hours. Remove tea bags; serve over ice. Add honey or agave to sweeten and a few fresh lavender leaves, if you have them on hand.