Drink tea for health

This post was written by DoctorJay on April 26, 2009
Posted Under: aging,diets,health tips

Tea is fast becoming one of the most popular drinks in the world. Tea tastes excellent, and it is a very versatile drink, but most importantly it is also extremely healthy for you as well. Many of the “green aging areas” of the world where people are long lived are known for the amount of tea they drink.

Many people understand the health benefits of tea, including the long lived people of the Caucuses, Middle East, Indian Subcontinent, Far East, and Africa. Of course the British drink a huge amount of tea (tea breaks and cup of cha) learned after their colonization of India.

Health conscious citizens in the West are just now beginning to understand the health benefits of tea, and the fact that drinking tea or consuming tea in other forms can be one of the best things that you can do in order to live a long healthy life.

Green tea is quickly becoming popular, because the health benefits of green tea are becoming better known. Green tea is widely known for providing a number of health benefits, including its great anti aging properties, the antioxidant elimination of free radicals, its weight reduction properties and many other advantages.

The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots.

Many of the health benefits of tea come from EGCG, which is an extremely powerful natural antioxidant. Antioxidants work to rid your body of harmful free radicals, which can damage the cells in your body, reducing your lifespan and causing other illnesses like cancer.

Free radicals are responsible for many of the effects of aging, and the aging process can therefore be slowed down by EGCG and tea. The EGCG in your tea can also help speed up your metabolism, giving you a better sense of well being and making it easier for you to lose weight and remain healthy over time.

Because of the health benefits of tea, there is no greater health drink that you can consume not only to keep you healthy but also prevent and cure some illnesses. Green tea comes from the same plant as other teas, like black and Oolong teas for example. All teas (real tea not herb tea) contain the polyphenols and other antioxidants.

Green tea however, because it does not undergo the fermentation process and contains more of the EGCG. Each form of tea has its own unique set of health giving chemicals, and so drinking any tea will help your health and well being.

Black tea, for example, contributes to reducing bad cholesterol and has been linked to healing blood cells. Black tea also contributes to good heart health. Oolong, which is only partially fermented, offers a mix of the benefits associated with green tea and those associated with black tea.

In fact I drink all above three teas as well as drinking some useful herb teas in the evenings. I start the morning with black tea which has more caffeine and drink green tea later on in the afternoon.

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