You must be aware of the ultimate health drink called ‘green tea’ over which people have been going all crazy. Yes, green tea is indeed a healthy drink but so is a glass of milk. So what’s the craze all about? Let’s find out!
Camellia sinensis leaves are used to make green tea. After going through the processes of scorching and oxidation, a healthy cup of green tea can be prepared. And why are these oxidized leaves so recommended by all? It’s simple. They have more benefits to consuming them than the side effects that sometimes may be caused to the some. Green tea helps to scare away pre-existing diseases and also prevent a lot others.
What makes green tea so healthy? This is one question which may have crossed your mind a number of times without any good answers to it. We have just the right answer for you. First of all, green tea is calorie-free. Yay!
Green tea is rich in a number of flavonols and catechins, the most important of which is the EGCG, also known as epigallocatechin-3-gallate. It is the richest element of green tea making it as healthy as possible. Other important contents of green tea include magnesium, proteins, glucose and the like.
There are a lot of varieties of green tea available at the market today. You can choose any and it will have the same health benefits with a slight variation in the flavor. These varieties include Jasmine green tea, Moroccan mint green tea, Genmaicha green tea, Dragonwell green tea, Houjicha green tea, Kukicha green tea, Sencha green tea, Gyokuro green tea, Matcha green tea and Bi Luo Chun green tea.
Out of these varieties, Matcha green tea has recently gained a lot of popularity to the extent that it is now a trend to order a Matcha green tea for yourself and sip it up while showing it off to your social circle. So how is Matcha green tea different from the regular green tea that you infuse in hot water? This is the major difference between the two. Matcha green tea is made up of the actual Camellia sinensis leaves ground up to be made into a powder. This is the reason that this tea contains more than 3 times the antioxidants present in the regular green tea making it far healthier to consume.
Green tea is consumed for one major reason- its health benefits. The health benefits of green tea include reduction of risk of cancer, reduction in heart problems, fighting against diabetes and blood pressure, helping in weight loss, fighting against depression, regaining immunity, brain health and digestive health, relieving from arthritis and tooth decay, providing energy, proving good for the skin as well as hair (anti-ageing, acne problems, sunburn, dark circles and longer, stronger hair), treating down syndrome to some extent and most importantly, helping to recover from hangovers!
Everything, if not consumed in certain limits, has its effects on our health. The same goes out for green tea. An overdose of green tea may cause mild to severe side effects including, mild to serious headaches, nervousness, sleep problems, vomiting, diarrhea, irritability, irregular heartbeat, tremor, heartburn, dizziness, ringing in the ears, convulsions, and confusion. There are also certain people with peculiar syndromes or diseases who should take care of such side effects more than the others. This is because green tea may not work for them in the same usual way as it does for other people who don’t face their health situation. These include people with peptic ulcers or acid reflux, iron deficiency, people who have a natural low tolerance for caffeine, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers and people with anxiety disorders.
Now that you know both, the good and the bad sides of green tea, don’t wait to get healthy. Drink it up! (Only if you may, though)