While the majority of tea consumed is black tea, to maximize the health benefits of your tea drinking habit you may want to consider adding or switching to GREEN TEA instead. GREEN TEA is recognized as an abundant source of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a catechin polyphenol, and other antioxidants. One of the healthiest is Matcha green tea.
Since it contains the entire ground tea leaf, it can contain over 100 times the EGCG provided from... regular brewed green tea. Again, to avoid lead contamination, opt for Japanese-grown Matcha tea rather than those from China. Steamed is also better than roasted or pan-fried varieties.
Drinking GREEN TEA is associated with reduced mortality due to all casues, including heart disease. The holistic benefits to green tea consumption also include the following:
HEART HEALTH: Green tea improves both blood flow and the ability of your arteries to relax, with research suggesting a few cups of green tea each day may be helpful for the prevention of arteriosclerosis, cerebral thrombus, heart attack, and stroke.
TYPE 2 DIABETES: One study found people who consume 6 or more cups of green tea daily had a 33 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who consumed less than 1 cup per week.
WEIGHT LOSS: There is some evidence that long-term consumption of green tea catechins is beneficial for burning fat and may work with other chemicals to increase levels of fat oxidation and thermogenesis.
BONE HEALTH: Green tea polyphenols combined with a form of vitamin D called alfacalcidol could boost bone structure and strength, according to animal research.
VISION HEALTH: Catechins in green tea may offer protection against glaucoma and other eye diseases, as research found the compounds travel from your digestive system into the tissues of your eyes. During the study,26 the catechins found in green tea were absorbed into various parts of the eyes anywhere from 30 minutes to 12 hours after rats were given tea.
CANCER: Green tea components have been shown to downregulate the expression of proteins involved in inflammation, cell signalization, cell motility and angiogenesis, while an association between green tea intake and decreased risk of cancers (including ovarian and breast) have been reported.
Previous research has shown that green tea polyphenols act on molecular pathways to shut down the production and spread of tumor cells. They also discourage the growth of the blood vessels that feed the tumors.
Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) found in green tea even acts as an antiangiogenic and antitumor agent, and helps modulate tumor cell response to chemotherapy.
Caffeine Content in an 8 oz. cup of Green Tea is 8-60 mg. (Coffee is 80-130mg.)