Traditional Chinese Medicine has long been treasured Camellia Sinensis (tea) as a herb that may be simply drunk daily (as a cup of tea) as well for its many uses in herbal formulas. To gain any more immediate health benefits, you would need to drink around 3-4 cups of tea every day (without milk or sugar - which negates green tea's beneficial properties.). You can also get your green tea in capsule form, but there have been no studies done on the effectiveness of such pills. The tea extract in liquid form has been researched and proven to be affective. One cup of green tea contains from 100-200mg of EGCG. Decaffeinated green tea does not show the same benefits as green tea left in its natural state.
Camellia Sinensis is real tea not an adulterated herbal blends. There are really only three categories of teas green, oolong, and black. "black" is fully fermented, "oolong" is partially fermented, and "green" is not fermented at all, only steamed. Types of tea such as Ceylon and Darjeeling refer to the region in which they are grown. Royal Pu-erh is a high grade fermented Black tea that undergoes an additional aging process that imparts the "Pu-erh" unique character taste and health reputation. Others are named for the character, shape or other distinctions feature of the over 4,000 varieties of tea available.
Green teas are picked and quickly dried by heating. The methods of heating vary from steaming to pan firing, Japanese teas such as the Sencha is a great example of the steaming method, while most Chinese Greens are fired. Our Silver leaf, in the Chinese method produces a less veggie tasting and more mellow and lighter in taste
Perceived benefits; Reduces the Effects of Cigarette Smoking May Prevent Oral Cancer … May Prevent Rheumatoid Arthritis …anti-inflammatory reduces pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of joint function … prevent tooth decay, works better than the antibiotic tetracycline …
Drinking Green Tea Reduces the Effects of Cigarette Smoking …. May Prevent Oral Cancer … May Prevent Rheumatoid Arthritis … is anti-inflammatory reduces pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of joint function … prevent tooth decay, works better than the antibiotic tetracycline …
contains polyphenols, + catechins, which protect your heart by lowering cholesterol and improving lipid metabolism, scavengs for free radicals that damage cells, have antibacterial effects and a source of "Epigallocatechin Gallate" (EGCG) which inhibits cancer and lowers the cholesterol levels.
keeps people who have had heart attacks alive, [Harvard Medical School].
[Japanese study] 6,000 women, who drank over 5 cups of GREEN tea per day cut their risk of strokes by 50 percent… Men who drank more than 4.7 cups of BLACK tea a day had a 69 percent reduced risk of stroke and other coronary disease as well s reducing pancreatic cancer [Dutch Study]
beneficial to the heart - they help prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol.
Green tea has been show to be anti-bacterial, able to kill the potentially deadly Staphylococcus aureus and the bacteria that causes acne, Bacterium acne.
More than 5 cups a day may increase your odds for pancreatic cancer; 1-4 cups shows only benefits, so 1 or 2 cups a day is probably just right.
Green Tea contains natural caffeine and other Phenolic-containing antioxidant compounds. They activate the central nervous system, which may spar the body's ability to burn calories and unwanted fat cells through the Thermogenic process.
The phenol groups in Green Tea polyphenols are extremely active, easily able to capture and neutralize free radicals and other pro-oxidants. Researchers have found that EGCG is over 200 times more powerful than vitamin E in neutralizing pro-oxidants and free radicals that attack lipids (oils and fats). EGCE is also 20 times more potent than vitamin E in reducing the formation of dangerous and potentially mutagenic peroxides that form in rancid fats and lard.
EGCE is also known to confer protection against respiratory and digestive infections and food poisoning, while encouraging acidophilus growth and regularizing bowel habits. In laboratory studies, 500 mg. of green tea catechins per day have been shown to significantly lower blood pressure and possess anti-mutagenic activity. Additionally, at very high levels (0.5% to 1% of daily diet) green tea catechins reduced high total- and LDL-cholesterol levels in animal studies.
Green Tea blocks the attachment of bacteria to the teeth, protecting against cavities. Green Tea extract is non-toxic, both in acute doses and high long-term doses. There is no potential for causing mutation or birth defects, and no adverse effect on fertility, pregnancy or nursing.
A major concern with drinking so much tea is the caffeine. Though there is less caffeine in tea than in coffee, it does start to add up when drinking large volumes. But can you switch to decaf? The answer is, maybe. It all depends on how your chosen tea is decaffeinated. Tea that has been decaffeinated with a solvent (such as Ethyl Acetate) is going to have a much lower level of EGCG, than a tea that has been processed with a water/carbon dioxide method. Water decaffeinated tea will retain almost 95% of its EGCG.