While green tea is ages old, it seems that it is only now beginning to be recognized for all of the potential health benefits it can offer. Not just a delicious beverage, the organic components of green tea are said to be good for everything from preventing cancer to getting rid of that extra belly fat!
Green tea, brewed from the minimally processed leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, originated in China and has a very long history in Chinese society and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Modern alternative medicine and commercial products seem equally eager to pick it up, and you can find green tea extract in soaps, drinks, herbal supplements, skin care products, shampoo, and any number of other items.
Benefits of Green Tea
Full of polyphenols, the organic compound EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), other catechins, and flavonoids, green tea has been found to help prevent heart disease, increase fat metabolism, and raise one’s basal metabolic rate.
Green tea has a greater proportion of antioxidants than perhaps any other food or beverage. Green tea consumption reduces the risk of several kinds of the most dangerous forms of cancer. It also improves overall cholesterol levels and the ratio of LDLs to HDLs.