It’s been proven dozens of times that green tea is the healthiest beverage on the planet. It doesn’t only help with fat loss, enhanced brain function and the decrease in cancer risks, but it improves the overall physical performance.
Benefits of green tea
Green tea for boosted brain activity
What is good for the brain activity is caffeine. “Why not drink coffee, then?”, you might ask. Because there is too much of caffeine in coffee, causing ‘jittery’ effect. Nevertheless, if taken in small quantities, caffeine leads to improvements in various aspects of brain function, including improved mood, vigilance, reaction time and memory.
Green tea for weight loss
Green tea has also been praised for its amazing capabilities for fat-burning. So if you’re actively getting ready for beach times, then it’s the right time to fill in your kitchen shelves with organic green tea and drink at least 5 cups of it every day. The benefits are that it boosts the metabolism and increases fat burning in short time.
Green tea for general health and well-being
Green tea is good for preventing a variety of diseases, such as:
Cancer – and such its types like breast cancer, prostate, cancer, and colorectal cancer. It’s a well-known fact that cancer is associated with the uncontrolled growth of cells, which is caused by the oxidative damage. Due to its powerful antioxidant capabilities, regular consumption of green tea can provide your organism with anti-cancer protective effect.
Alzheimer and Parkinson: the diseases are common among aging people and are associated with the loss of dopamine that produces neurons in our brain. Due to bioactive compounds containing in green tea, it is possible to protect your neurons from all kinds of damage.
Type II Diabetes: the disease is associated with increased levels of blood sugar as well as organism’s inability to naturally produce insulin. Green tea can help to mildly reduce blood sugar levels, lowering risk of developing type II diabetes in the long term.
Side effects of green tea
Medication interference: while green tea is known for its anticancer capabilities, it is also important to note that for people taking bortezomib, which is an anticancer medication, it is forbidden to drink green tea as it blocks the anticancer properties of this drug.
Iron deficiency: the over consumption of green tea has its side effects on iron deficiency due to tannins contained in green tea, which blocks the absorption of iron from food.
Bad during pregnancy and lactation: the over consumption of green tea during pregnancy is linked to miscarriages, so not more than 2 cups per day are permitted. As to lactating women, the caffeine contained in green tea can be passed to the infant via breast milk.
How to make green tea
What you need:
- Green tea leaves – the basic quantity would be 1 teaspoon for 1 cup of green tea – some may also use green tea pearls
- A tea strainer(washed and dried)- this step is necessary if you use this strainer to make regular black tea
- A cup
- A stainless steel pot
Step 1: no matter how many members of your family are going to drink green tea, put one teaspoon of tea leaves for each cup.
Step 2: Put it all into a pot and pour water heated up to 80-85°C, then put it on the gas stove to heat up, but prevent from boiling.
Step 3: Leave the pot to cool a bit (for about 30-45 seconds). And voila – it is ready to enjoy!