A CUP OF HEALTH BY LUNA JAISWAL:
A good cup of tea makes our day. Tea is a popular beverage for many especially Indians. But green tea has been found with several health secrets, also confirmed by the Chinese and Japanese.
Black, oolong and green tea all come from the leaves of Camellia Sinesis.. But we wonder that…. what’s the difference?
Difference lies in the way they are processed. The leaves of green tea are steamed which prevents the anti oxidant compound from being oxidized. In contrast the other tea leaves are made from fermented leaves to increase their shelf life.
Over the last few decades green tea has undergone many scientific and medical studies to determine the extent of its health benefits.
The presence of Catechin polyphenol esp. EGCg ( epigallocatechin gallate), a powerful antioxidant makes green tea so special.
- It fights cancer cells. It works in different ways to block the formation and growth of malignant tumour.
- It lowers LDL,the bad cholesterol & raises HDL, the good cholesterol and is capable of treating cardiovascular disease. It inhibits abnormal formation of blood clot hence is good for your heart.
- It has been proven that consumption of green tea daily prevents tooth decay. It fights bacteria which are leading cause for plague.
- Green tea drinkers have lower risk for a wide range of diseases from simple bacterial or viral infection to chromic disease like heart disease, osteoporosis and stroke.
- It has power to subdue the enzyme that ruins cartilage and helps in keeping away arthritis.
- Polyphenol’s presence increases immunity to remarkable level.
Green tea and weight loss:
It has come up as a great weight loss tool. It helps burning fat by increasing fat oxidation and by increasing metabolism due to Catechin polyphenol. It has been proven that 4-5 cups helps burn up to 70 calories a day.
But all good things must be taken in moderation. Excessive usage can be detrimental.
So, what’s the delay reach out for that cup of health.”