Green tea is made from Camellia sinensis leaves. It originated in China. Green tea history dates back to the book written by Lu Yu in 600-900 AD. Green tea being the healthiest beverage is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients which render powerful effects on the body. Steeping or brewing is the process of making green tea is made from the leaves. Green tea consumption has quite a reputation as “health food”.
The best 7 benefits are:
Fights free radicals
Neutralizes UV light
Prevents skin cancer
Rejuvenate skin cells
Improves psoriasis and dandruff conditions
Sooth acne and lighten skin
The Incredible benefits of green tea are :
Improves health – Green tea rich in polyphenols, reduces inflammation and helps in fighting cancer. Catechins , being the natural antioxidant prevents cell damage, by reducing free radicals. EGCG (EpigallocatechinGallate) content has medicinal value. It improves dental health by killing bacteria in mouth. The antioxidant property prevents oxidation of LDL cholesterol and thus prevents heart disease.
Improve brain functions- Green tea is rich in caffeine, which increases the firing of neurons and concentration of neurotransmitters. L-theanine has in anti-anxiety property. It protects against Alzheimer’s and Parkinsons disease.
Aids in weight loss – Green tea helps in increasing metabolic rate of the body helping in weight loss, by decreasing body fat. Consuming 4-5 cups of green tea can help to burn extra 70% calories.
Lowers risk of cancer – Green tea being rich in antioxidants prevents cell damage, and helps in breast, prostate and colorectal cancer.
Lowers risk of diabetes – Improves insulin sensitivity and metabolizes glucose, thus prevents diabetes.
Tan removal: Green tea compress is amazing and helps in tan removal.
Dark circle removal: Puffy eyes and dark circles can be removed by placing cold green tea bags, which helps in shrinking blood vessels and zaps puffiness.
Shiny hair: Green tea soak helps in bringing back the shiny luster to the hair.
Removal of acne: It’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory property helps in healing the skin without causing irritation, hence helping speedy recovery for sensitive skin.
Pearly white teeth- The fluoride content in green tea helps in healthy tooth and normal tooth mineralization.
Wrinkle removal: Green tea helps in maintaining hydration and contributes for fluid requirement of the body, hence prevents wrinkles and sagging.
Exfoliation: Dry grounded green tea leaves mixed with honey helps in exfoliation of dead cells of the body giving a smoother and younger looking skin.
The most common query by people – “Can I take green tea in evening?”Yes, green tea can be taken in the evening before 4.30-5pm. This has to be avoided with meals as it interferes with absorption. Drinking during night to be avoided as it contains caffeine, which disturbs sleep.
The second most common query asked by people – “Does green tea cause skin darkening?”Green tea does not cause skin darkening. It has antioxidant property and is very good for skin. Though green tea is good, it should still be taken in moderation.