Over centuries green tea is being used for its medicinal value. Green tea is now slowly gaining popularity amongst many countries. Green tea is originated from China and India and largely used as medicine. Green tea is prepared form the dried leaves of the “Camellia sinensis” plant. As they are unoxidized and unfermented leaves, these contains lots of anti-oxidants and polyphenols.(Read: Health benefits of tulsi leaves)
Green tea helps in weight reduction, prevention from cancer, bleeding problems, etc., By and large there are many advantages of utilising green tea and research is still going on, for more beneficial factors. Take a cup of green tea on empty stomach and in the evening, that’s it. It contains 0 calories.
Green tea health benefits :
Green tea fights cancer :
The polyphenols present in the green tea helps fight cancer. It basically decreases the tumor and doesnot allow the tumor cells to grow. Research has shown that about 2-5 cups of green tea helps to fight cancer specially breast cancer, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, etc.,
Green tea for weight loss :
The polyphenols present helps in increasing metabolism, the caffeine helps in burning fat. The catechins are the antioxidant compounds which helps to increase the hormone called norepinephrine. It also helps in fat burning, loosing belly fat, lowering waist and hip circumference. (Read: Diet for weight loss)
Green tea for heart diseases :
The catechins and polyphenolic compounds present in the green tea helps in lowering the cardio vascular disease. Green tea helps in preventing from blood clotting. Green tea helps in reducing the bad cholesterol and improves good cholesterol and thus helps in reduction of heart strokes. According to a research in Japan, a group of people from aged 17 to 40 were given tea for 2-5 cups daily for 11 years and now they are safe from heart disease.(Read: Causes and signs of heart attack)
Green tea and dental care :
The bacteria called “Streptococcus mutans” is the bacteria present in the mouth, which causes plaque, its growth can be inhibited by catechins, present in green tea. hence improving dental health. (Read: How to make yellow teeth white)
Green tea calms down Blood pressure :
Blood pressure is caused due to high pumping in the heart and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE), an enzyme produced by the kidneys. Most of the pills are used to inhibit ACE enzyme. but, green tea automatically contains ACE inhibitor, which helps in fighting and lowering the blood pressure.
Green tea for Diabetes :
The polyphenols helps in increasing the metabolism levels, regulating the glucose levels and lowering the risk of diabetes. One of the study has shown that drinking 5 cups a day has lowered as much as 33% of sugar levels in the body.
Note : Do not totally depend on green tea and avoid medicines. Consult doctor for dosage.
Green tea for Brain Health :
The caffeine present in green tea is an amino acid called L-theanine, which crosses the blood-brain barrier and improves brain health. It also increases the activity of GABA, an inhibitory neurotransmitter which anti-anxiety effects.
Caffeine stops the presence of adenosine, an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain which helps in improving brain health and firing of neurons. It helps in fighting serious brain diseases like alzheimer’s and parkinsons.
Anti-depression tea :
The acids present in green tea called amino acid and L-theanine, releases chemicals called serotonin and dopamine which helps to fight depression. According to a study, a person who takes about 4 cups of tea is less likely to be depressed and feels fresh and excited.
Green tea for Dark Circles and Puffy Eyes :
some severely suffer from dark circles and puffy eyes which are very odd to see. The tannins and antioxidants present in green tea helps in shrinking the blood vessels around the eyes which reduces the swelling around the eyes. vitamin k removes dark circles. (Read: Remedies for dark circles)
Green tea remedy for dark circles and puffy eyes :
- Take 2 used green tea bags in fridge for about 30 mins.
- Place the tea bags on your eye lids for 15 mins.
- This must be continued twice daily.
Green tea for Skin Complexion :
Green tea removes the toxins, rejuvenates skin, removes scars, acne and improves skin elasticity. Follow this simple remedy. (Read: Skin remedy for glowing skin)
Green tea remedy for skin complexion :
- Take a green tea bag.
- Open the cover and extract all the raw green tea content.
- Add 2 tsp of honey.
- Apply on to the face for 15 mins and wash with lukewarm water.
- Repeat this process twice a week.
Green tea for Hair Growth :
It miraculously helps in hair growth. The catechins has the properties to block DHT (Dihydrotestosterone), which are one of the reasons for hair fall. It generates new hair and prevents dandruff. (Read: Remedies for hair growth)
Green tea remedy for hairfall :
- Rinse your hair with cold green tea after hair wash.
- Let it stay for 15 mins.
- Wash your hair with lukewarm water.
- It stops hair fall and makes hair shinier.
Bottom Line :
Still research is going on for the health benefits regarding green tea. patients suffering from diabetes, heart diseases, blood pressure, do not totally depend on the green tea only. consult your doctor regarding the dosage and usage.