The Goldmine that is Green Tea
We know anything in the market associated with ‘green’ is regarded healthy, but Green Tea also has its pros and cons. It is no news that Green Tea is proficient in promoting fat burning therefore helping you lose weight, though the effects are not immediate but they show with time. The advantages of Green Tea however outnumber its disadvantages making it more acceptable all over the world especially in its brewed from (teabags). But what is green tea really composed of? What gives it its long purported health benefits? Why does it aid in metabolism, fat oxidation? What gives it its antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties?
So many questions. Listed below are some of the nutritional components of Green Tea:
- Contains 99.5% water
- Antioxidants and Alkaloids
- Tannin, theophylline, caffeine
- Vitamins: A, D, E, C, B, B5, K
- Minerals: Manganese, zinc, selenium, chromium
- Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG)
Notice the absence of calories, fats, carbs and protein? Yes, Green Tea has none of that! It’s no wonder Green Tea is one of the many remedies people turn to for weight loss.
Without further ado I’d walk you through the advantages of Green Tea, being optimistic that you too, would adopt these practices. Or if you indulge already, enlighten you more!
Benefits of green tea
There are a lot of articles out there on foods you should take to reduce risks of cancer, and Green Tea made that list. The polyphenol content (listed above) plays a vital role in this process as it contains powerful antioxidants responsible for cancer reduction and survival rates. This works 100 times more effectively than vitamin C and 24 times vitamin E. How about that?
Lowers LDL levels
Did you know your body produces cholesterol that is bad for you? That is the LDL cholesterol. Research showed that there was a significant reduction in the LDL levels of people after consuming Green Tea on a regular basis.
Prevents Rheumatoid Arthritis
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory contents, taking Green Tea daily can reduce your risks of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
Improves Fat oxidation and Metabolism
Green Tea is essential in eliminating excess body fat. The catechins present in Green Tea do a superb job in preventing obesity because of their cholesterol-lowering abilities, consequently increasing metabolism which results in weight loss.
Green Tea helps your body absorb less dietary fat, regulate blood sugar levels and reduces food cravings. If you cultivate the habit of taking Green Tea regularly coupled with eating healthy (dieting) and exercising, you are on your way to shedding accumulated fat, looking fit, prim and proper. Friends, Green Tea is a goldmine.
Reduces Risk of Heart Disease and Promotes Heart Cells Recovery
Green tea prevents cell death during a heart attack, speeding up heart cells recovery. It also has antioxidant properties that promote arterial heart, reduces blood pressure thereby reducing the risks of developing hypertension in the long run.
Eliminates free radicals
Still on its antioxidant (catechins) properties, Green Tea fights a battle against the free radicals in the body thus promoting longevity and slowing the ageing process.
Green Tea reduces risks of diabetics by maintaining blood glucose levels, restores damaged brain cells, destroys harmful bacteria and viruses, promotes bone building and basically maintains oral health. The list goes on. The benefits are endless.
Unfortunately, there are disadvantages, only if taken in excess and if it doesn’t sit well with the way your body is set up.
Some of the side effects are:
Nausea and upset stomach.
Now this is only common in people who have peptic ulcer because like I said, some of the disadvantages arise from body sensitivity. The tannins present in Green Tea cause the body to release more acid which is a major issue for patients with peptic ulcer. Though unwise, if you still want to take this tea, do so after meals and in small quantities. Excess consumption of Green Tea could also cause nausea, insomnia (because of the caffeine content) and frequent urination.
Sensitivity to caffeine varies from one individual to another. Even with the low caffeine content in Green Tea, it could still cause sleeping problems, restlessness, tremors, irritation, heart palpitations and loss of appetite. If you notice any of these symptoms, go for decaffeinated green tea or Japanese green tea. They reduce the stimulating effect of caffeine.
Iron deficiency anemia
This is also attributed to the tannins present in Green Tea. It may decrease iron and folic acid absorption in the body causing iron deficiency anemia.
Excessive intake of Green Tea could also lead to liver and kidney damage.
Avoid Green Tea if; you have heart disease, anxiety problems, high blood pressure or hyperthyroidism as it may lead to complications. Pregnant, avoid it as it could lead to premature birth and low birth weight in an unborn child. Young children should not take Green Tea as well because it may affect their growth hormones. People with glaucoma should also avoid Green Tea as it could increase the pressure in their eyes.
Don’t worry, the downsides are nothing compared to the benefits. It is important to note, however, that Green Tea is not for everyone. Ouch! So with any health-inclined advice, before you jump on it for its weight loss effects especially, consult your doctor first.