Many people wonder what sets green tea apart from other Chinese tea like the black tea. The difference lies in how it was processed. The black tea was produced by fermenting which is allowed to oxidize, whereas, the green tea is produced by steaming or heating the leaves. The latter process preserves the ECGC or epigallocatechin gallate which is being converted when fermented. ECGC, a very powerful antioxidant, is the secret of green tea. As we all know, green tea has numerous medicinal benefits. And ECGC is the reason. Not only does this antioixidant inhibit the spread and growth of cancer cells, it also kills these fatal cells without touching and harming the healthy tissue.Â Another use of this antioxidant is its effectiveness in in bringing down LDL cholesterol levels, and preventing any blood clots to form which potentially may lead to stroke and heart attack.
Green tea is known as a healthy drink which helps in curing many ailments. Aside from those mentioned above, it also provides benefits for the digestive system, it lowers down the risk of heart ailments, and it also has favourable effects on the immune system. Although not all of these are backed up by sufficient scientific studies just yet, its effect on lowering the risk of heart disease has already been strengthened.
You may be questioning whether green tea has side effects. Fortunately, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration generally recognizes all types of Tea (green, black, oolong, white, etc.) as safe and has remarkable nonexistence of serious side effects. And that, I am sure is a positive news to all tea drinkers.
However, like any other stuff that is when consumed excessively may have downsides, tea is no exception to that. Every tea, contains caffeine. Caffeine stimulates one’s central nervous system. It is widely known to have a couple of side effects when consumed in large doses. It is recommended to avoid taking in caffeine beyond 500mg in a day to avoid these side effects: insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, irritability, headaches, and anxiety. Although technically coffee still contains a lot more caffeine than tea, within types of tea, caffeine content also varies. Large consumption of caffeine may also lead to gastrointestinal problems, irregular heartbeat, and muscle tremors.
Negative effects may also be due to brewing improperly. There is bearing in knowing that green tea is best brewed with water between 260-180 degrees Fahrenheit.Â Avoid using water that is excessively hot as this will make the cup acidic, astringent which may contribute to acid reflux or in layman’s term “heartburn”, and an upset stomach.
Drinking green tea need not be a hassle for anyone as it is definitely safe. It definitely provides numerous health benefits: it helps prevent cancer, helps regularize digestion, it lowers down cholesterol levels, and prevents heart attack, among others. Side effects could be avoided easily. You just need to consume moderately and you just have to be aware of the proper way of brewing. To learn more about green tea, please visit: http://getridofstress.com
The author is a health care specialist that deals studies on the subject of alternative medicine.