Drinking tea together is a harmless way to relax and build social bonhomie. Tea ceremonies are integral part of rich Japanese and Chinese culture for forging social. In India, China and Japan tea is also part of traditional medicines, because of its choicest health benefits. Though, depending on the variety of the tea these benefits vary; green tea is considered among the top of the line in terms of healthy goodness.
Why the health value of tea varies?
Except herbal varieties, all other kind of tea is made from un-oxidised leaves of tea plant; biological name is Camellia sinensis. Green teas are least processed compared to black teas; and that’s why green tea contains more natural anti-oxidants and bioactive compounds; that means more natural goodness. Let us learn about some of the evidence-backed benefits of green tea.
Some of the evidence-backed health benefits of green tea
1. Killing bacteria – Our oral cavities and biofilm like, dental plaque, often contain anaerobic gram-positive bacteria streptococcus mutans. It is true that there are different varieties of Streptococcus pathogens and not all of them are harmful. However, it is clinically proved that streptococcus mutans are the reasons behind various oral diseases and dental decays. Green tea contains catechins, a type of natural phenol and antioxidant. It inhibits growth of streptococcus mutans and reduces chances of dental decays.
2. Impact on type 2 diabetes – It is a condition when our pancreas cannot create enough insulin, negatively affecting our capacity to process glucose in blood. Type-2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and fast becoming an epidemic worldwide. Polysaccharides and polyphenols in green tea help reducing glucose level in blood. Also, epigallocatechin gallete or ECGC in green tea helps better absorption of glucose. Various controlled group experiments have shown impact of green tea and green tea extracts on controlling type-2 diabetes; especially in Asian countries like, India, Japan, Korea and China. A retrospective cohort study in Japan showed 33% reduction in risk of developing type-2 diabetes for consuming more than 6 cups of green tea daily.
3. Reducing cardiovascular – In today’s fast life keeping your heart healthy is a key challenge; especially when cardiovascular problems are impacting people of all ages. Polyphenols in green tea helps reducing heart-related problems in multiple ways. First of all, catechins and other other active polyphenols in green tea hinder enzymes causing biosynthesis of lipid and intestinal absorption of lipid; thus help improving lipid profile in blood stream. Secondly, Polyphenols activate nitric oxide within cells along interior surface of blood vessels and improve vascular tone. Catechins also prevent vascular inflammation.
4. Glowing screen – Dusts particles, pollution and UVs in sun light are causing havoc to your skin; result is acceleration of skin’s aging process. If not taken care of, your skin ends up looking older. Bioflavonoids in green tea and green tea extracts reduce sebum in skin, helps retaining skin glow. Antioxidants in green tea help countering oxidising agents in our body that causes aging and helps retaining natural look of your skin.
So, purify your body from all toxic oxidising agents with regular cups of green tea. TE-A-ME Teas offers various types of natural green tea with full of health goodness. Give your body and skin the best diet they deserve.