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Green Tea - Benefits and Uses
What is Green tea?
Since the dawn of time, green tea is known to provide some amazing health benefits.
Made from Camellia sinensis leaves, the tea originates from China during the reign of Emperor Shennong. Known as Chinese green tea gunpowder. And no, it won’t explode if you heat it up.
In this article, we will go over some key benefits and uses of how you can make the best of it.
The difference between Green tea and Black tea
At their essence, they are both the same, made from the same Camellia sinensis plant. The difference is that black tea is oxidized and green tea is not.
Both green and black tea are rich in a group of protective antioxidants called polyphenols. Processed differently, the taste and color of the tea are a bit different. Green tea has a grassy, milder taste. Black tea has a bitter, stronger flavor.
Let’s start with some key benefits of Green Tea
1-Helps losing weight
Without a doubt one of the best benefits of green tea. It contains caffeine and catechin which is antioxidant. These ingredients may increase energy expenditure and have been proposed to counteract the decrease in metabolic rate that is present during weight loss. A green tea-caffeine mixture improves weight maintenance, through thermogenesis, fat oxidation, and sparing fat-free mass. So green tea increases the fat-burning process and nad boosts metabolic rate.
Some studies show that drinking green tea on daily basis reduces the risk of Parkinson’s disease by 26%. Also, people experience a 35% reduction rate of cognitive disorders. Boosts neurogenesis (the creation of new brain cells) and neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain to adapt) into old age.
As we said before antioxidants are very beneficial. They are natural substances that can prevent or delay some types of cell damage. Antioxidants include vitamins C and E, selenium, and carotenoids, such as beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin
4-Helps you relax
We all know that people live fast these days, so it’s important to know how to relax. A natural chemical called theanine found in tea can help you to calm down after a long and stressful day. Studies show that increasing intake of theanine can significantly reduce symptoms of anxiety. But maybe the best benefit is just that tea time break.
Even though these studies are still in the early stages, this tea helps healthy cells in all stages. Some researchers have given us some clues that green tea destroys cancer cells but as we said, research is still in the early stage. We will definitely keep a close eye.
We understand that some people don’t really like the taste of plain green tea. So we have some tips on how you can mix all of these benefits and still enjoy your tea time to the fullest.
Make it Taste Great!
Mix it with Lemon
Mixing our 16oz Blue Lemonade Juice – Buda Juice with green tea will give you an amazing taste, but also give you an energy boost.
Ginger also helps your body to relax. So mixing 16oz Red Juice – Buda Juice with some green tea is a winning formula for a good night’s sleep.
Some people, we included, feel that this type of tea has enough benefits and taste is not that important. So here in the office, we just boil some water and have our tea break.
Finally, we have to talk about dosage. Studies suggest having 3 to 5 cups per day. And we agree if you are working in a fast paces office. That tea break always comes at a good time.
Otherwise, we suggest one cup in the morning instead of coffee, but not on empty stomach. And one 60 to 80 min before bedtime.
With this, you will be able to experience all the benefits and some great tea time break conversations.