Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Health Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea has been a staple in China for centuries. They may no have known all of the specific health benefits of drinking it, but they must have known something was good about it. The western hemisphere is now finding out about it. Green tea is now being sold at grocery stores everywhere. There are also all different brands on the market. You can choose from Chinese brands to even Lipton or Kroger brands.

Green tea gets its color from its very short fermentation process of the Camellia sinensis leaves. Green tea is very high in flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants that protect us from free radicals. These free radicals can damage cells and cause diseases including Diabetes and cancer.

Some health benefits of green tea:
• Raises metabolism levels
• Strengthens the immune system
• Lowers the risk of developing Diabetes, cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis and heart disease
• Helps regulate blood sugar levels
• Helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels

I believe I have benefited from drinking green tea. I only drink one cup of Lipton Decaffeinated Green Tea a day and I can definitely tell a difference. My metabolism has increased and my cholesterol levels have decreased. Here’s to discovering a simple way to be healthier in addition to a good diet and exercise.

It is recommended to drink up to 4 cups of green tea a day. It may seem to be a little more bitter than other teas so add a little sweetener if desired.
Drink to your health.

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