The health benefits of green tea have been known since many centuries. Green tea has been used as a treatment for diabetes, dementia, high cholesterol blood levels and obesity. Green tea contains chemicals called polyphenols which have many health benefits. Polyphenols reduce inflammation and at the same time also prevent cellular level damage, thus improving the overall health of the body.
Green tea is made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis. During the curing process, very low oxidation takes place. Green tea tastes different from black tea due to difference in the curing process. Green tea is commonly used in China. It is also common in other countries of Asia such as Japan and Middle Eastern countries. It has also been in use as a traditional medicine in China since several centuries.
In the recent years, a lot of scientific research has gone into assessing the health benefits of green tea. Many studies have been conducted to ascertain its long purported health benefits. Green tea has been found to have health benefits. These studies have found that drinking green tea on a regular basis can prevent chances of developing diseases of the circulatory system and certain types of cancer such as lung cancer.
Green tea is rich in polyphenols which are believed to be the main reason for its health benefits. Polyphenols known as catechins are particularly effective in improving the human body’s health. A catechin called epigallocatechin gallate is very abundant in green tea and has profound health benefits.
Recently, a study was conducted in Taiwan about the health benefits of green tea. The study concluded that antioxidants present in green tea are effective in preventing damage to DNA which triggers development of lung cancer in people. Thus, drinking green tea on a regular basis can reduce the risk of developing lung cancer both in smokers and non-smokers. The results of the study were published in Daily Express.
The study found that in people who smoked regularly, drinking green tea decrease the chances of collecting lung cancer by as much as 12 times. The study was based on data from a large number of green tea drinkers and nondrinkers.
Green tea is commonly consumed in a country such as India, China, Japan and Thailand. It is also commonly used in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine systems. In these systems of medicine, green tea was used as a stimulant for many centuries. In the recent years, green tea has become very popular in the West. Its popularity continues to increase because of its health benefits.