October 08, 2020, 16:41
Green tea is considered one of the most popular drinks in the world. And although 80% of all tea sales in the world are black, the benefits of green tea are much higher. However, there are serious contraindications for its use. We will figure out what are the benefits and harms of green tea for health, as well as how to drink it correctly.
What are the benefits of green tea
In its homeland, China, green tea was originally used only as a medicine, and only over time, tea ceremonies began to be held for pleasure and relaxation. By the way, green tea retains most of its beneficial properties, as it is processed minimally. Tea leaves are harvested by hand, dried, rolled and stop the oxidation process very quickly, unlike black tea. So what are the benefits of green tea?
- Green tea has a powerful antioxidant effect. It affects the entire body, improves overall well-being, as well as skin condition.
- Green tea activates the brain, invigorates, gives strength, helps fight lethargy, drowsiness and even depression. That is why it is so beneficial to drink it in the morning.
- With colds and poor health, green tea helps to eliminate toxins from the body and improves metabolism. Due to its anti-inflammatory action, it is able to alleviate the course of the disease.
- Green tea is good for the heart and blood vessels. In a small amount, it lowers blood pressure in those suffering from hypertension, increases the elasticity of the walls of blood vessels.
- Green tea has a pronounced diuretic effect: it helps to relieve swelling and remove “excess” water from the body.
- Bioactive components in green tea may reduce the risk of dementia, as well as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
- Due to the high content of caffeine, green tea increases metabolism and therefore accelerates weight loss.
- Reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, as well as the likelihood of developing cancer.
What is the harm of green tea
Green tea, especially in excess, can be harmful. When should you limit your green tea intake?
- With hypertension, atherosclerosis and increased excitability of the nervous system.
- With gastric and duodenal ulcers.
- With insomnia (especially in the afternoon).
- With iron deficiency anemia (in this case, green tea can be drunk only 30 minutes after eating).
- During pregnancy (caffeine adversely affects the development of the fetus).
- With exacerbation of kidney disease.
- In glaucoma.
- At elevated temperature.
How to drink green tea
There are general recommendations that help enhance the beneficial properties of green tea and minimize the harmful ones. By the way, these rules came to us from China, so you should listen to them.
- You can drink about 4–6 cups of tea without sugar per day.
- Do not drink green tea on an empty stomach, as well as drink a scalding drink.
- The combination of green tea with alcohol puts a huge strain on the kidneys.
- Too strong tea can cause headaches and insomnia. And if you brew tea for too long, its nutritional value will decrease.