Green tea has gained importance in past few years due to the findings in various studies citing the benefits of green tea. These benefits start from digestion to prevention of cancers.
Tea basically originated in China more than 5000 years back. A story of its origin dates back to the times when Shen Nung ruled China. He always used boiled water as he was very conscious of hygiene. One day, when he was boiling the water few leaves fell in this water. He enjoyed the beverage. Later, he wrote about the revitalizing values and healing properties of these leaves. Tea in China was used more like a medicine or a ceremonial offering.
It has the following nutrients and substances, which offer great health benefits.
Polyphenols catechins- It is a substance, which helps in reducing the cholesterol, regulating the blood sugar levels and controlling blood pressure. It works like an antioxidant, and thus cleans the body of harmful viruses and bacteria.
This tea also contains Vitamin C, which reduces stress and boosts immunity system of the body and Vitamin B Complex, which promotes the absorption of carbohydrates in our body. Vitamin E is another important nutrient present in green tea that helps in preventing aging. Flavonoids present in green tea helps in strengthening the blood vessels and preventing halitosis. It also contains Polysaccharides, which reduce the blood sugar levels in the body while Fluoride helps in maintaining healthy teeth. It also contains Theanine-amino acid, which is responsible for lending green tea its special flavor.
Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) are the polyphenol catechins, which help in improving the gastrointestinal system. Green helps in destabilizing the body fats and minimizing the risk of diseases such as colon cancer.
Epicatechins are important extracts from the major compounds found in tea. It is shown in many studies that Epicatechins restrict the absorption of cholesterol in blood. They also help in excretion of cholesterol containing bile salts and fatty acids from the body. Epicatechins converts triglycerides to fatty acids, which can be used in producing energy in human body.
Lastly, Green tea has a great benefit for diabetics. It contains natural antioxidants that help in blocking the free radicals, which destroy nerve fibers. It also restricts the glaucoma levels, and thus prevents the setting up cataract in people with diabetes.