Green tea basics

Everything you ever wanted to know about the health benefits of green tea! Green tea is a super healthy drink packed with antioxidants. Read below to find out the facts of this wonderful plant!

  • Tea is from a plant called

Camellia sinensis

Tea plants produce several types of tea

  • White tea: new growth buds and leaves
  • Green tea: unfermented
  • Oolong: partially fermented
  • Black: fermented

Fermented: Exposure to air during the drying process

  • Nothing added during this process
  • Green tea and white tea is not fermented and retains more antioxidants
  • Antioxidants: active chemicals in plants that fight toxins that cause harm to the human body

Health benefits

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • Exercise enhancement
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Skin disorders
  • Weight loss
  • Iron overload
  • Viral infections
  • Neurological decline

 How green tea works

  • Opens up blood vessels to reduce blood clots, heart attack and stroke
  • Slows growth of cancer cells
  • Lowers lipids in the blood
  • Fights viral infections
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Helps control blood sugar
  • Increases calorie burning

How much green tea?

  • Most research has indicated that green tea should be consumed daily
  • 3-6 cups daily most beneficial but best results are seen with 5 or more cups daily
  • Green tea extracts in pill form can be taken

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Caution! Things to know

  • Caffeine content of green tea can range from 25- 50 mg. per cup
  • Caffeine sensitive can try decaffeinated
  • Medication interaction with Warfarin- due to vitamin K content
  • Tannins in tea bind to iron which can be problematic for those with iron deficiencies
  • Ask your doctor before use!


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