Green tea contains more than 300 different substances such as: carbohydrates, proteins, minerals, and vitamins: C1, B1, B2, OT, B5, K, and P. In addition, green tea contains: calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese, sodium, silicon, phosphorus and its compounds. Please note: not all green tea substances have been identified to date.
Green Tea Benefits
- Green tea (due to polyphenols) is credited with preventing cancer and heart disease
- Most scientists tend to the conclusion that green tea prevents coronary artery disease, especially in the beautiful half of humanity.
- Dutch scientists study has confirmed that daily consumption of 1 – 2 cups of green tea would reduce the risk of atherosclerosis of the aorta by 46%
- Weight loss
If the cause of excess weight is reduction of metabolic processes of the body, then daily consumption of green tea helps fight obesity. Studies have shown that the nutrients contained in green tea speeded up metabolism and helped burn calories.
- Green tea lowers bad cholesterol in the blood.
- Blood Pressure
Regular drinking of green tea is believed to lower the risk of high blood pressure.
- Proper liver function
Green tea contains catechins, a type of plant antioxidant that according to studies promotes proper liver function, eliminating liver fat accumulation. Green tea also protects the liver against toxins which could otherwise accumulate and cause significant damage.
However, green tea is not a panacea for all ills, it also has its drawbacks.
Green tea side effects
- Caffeine, which is part of green tea, has an insidious effect that is addictive.
Abuse of strong teas, including green tea, can lead to: insomnia, morning sickness, increased irritability, dizziness and heart palpitations.
- Nursing mothers should be aware that caffeine, which is contained in all tea drinks, can cause insomnia in infants.
- Excessive drinking of strong green tea can cause sleep disorders in adults.
How much green tea to drink?
Some studies recommend 2-3 teacups (not mugs) a day to be beneficial to health. However, consuming up to 5 teacups a day has been shown to lower stomach cancer risk. For weight loss, the best results have been revealed with drinking 7 cups a day. Drinking 10 cups is thought to be the upper limit.