Green tea – health benefits


1. The Japanese way.
2. What does the green tea contain?
3. How does it work and what can it be used for?
4. Supplementation tips.

1. The Japanese way

Infusion made from Chinese tea leaves is commonly known as green tea. This drink has originated in China, from where it had spread to other parts of Asia. Nowadays it is well known in almost every area of the globe. Despite its growing popularity, people still drink more black tea than green tea.
In Japan there are many varieties of this plant, thus there are many different types of the drink known as green tea. They vary in taste or aesthetic values that occur due to different harvesting dates, the methods of preparation or the way it’s prepared.

2. What does the green tea contain?

Green tea contains four molecules of a chemical compound that belongs to a group of plyphenols. It is called catechin. It’s strongest derivative can be found in tea and it’s called EGCG. This compound is a very powerful antioxidant – it’s impact is 25 times more powerful than vitamin E and 100 times stronger than vitamin C.
Japanese tea is also a source of another important compound – caffeine. The amount of this stimulating substance in dried tea leaves is even twice as high as in dry coffee seeds. However, in a freshly made cup of green tea there’s 2 or even 3 times less caffeine than in a cup of coffee. Moreover, green tea also contains derivatives of xanthine, a vegetable alkaloid whose derivative is previously mentioned caffeine.

3. How does it work and what can it be used for?

In addition to being used as a tasty beverage, it is impossible not to pay attention to the numerous effects of green tea on the body. Its consumption is very beneficial for the body and it:
– stimulate;
– it has anti-inflammatory properties ;
– is an antioxidant;
– it has antiatherosclerosis properties;
– it has anti-cancer properties;
– it has anti-aging and anti-neurodegenerative properties.
Japanese green tea is used in medicine due to its very stimulating components and numerous reduction properties of the substances in it. It is used to help people with obesity. Studies show that the consumption of green tea extract increases the average level of fat burning by over 17%. It also improves insulin sensitivity and increases glucose tolerance among younger people. In addition to reductive effects, green tea can be successfully used to help with cases of:
– diarrhea;
– caries;
– nervous tension;
– bad mood;
– digestive disorders;
– circulatory problems;
– diseases of the nervous system;
– excessive cholesterol;
– cancer prevention.

4. Supplementation tips.

The secret to the effectiveness of green tea is its proper preparation. 1 teaspoon of the product should be used for a glass of water. The brewing temperature is related to the type of green tea, but most often it varies between 80 and 90 ° C. The brewing time should be between 2 and a maximum of 4 minutes. Some high-quality leaves can be brewed two or three times. Supplementation depends on the intended use of tea.
If your goal is to burn fat, then you should provide 400 to 500 mg of EGCG during the day – the substance that has pro-reducing properties. On the other hand, when it comes to preventing the development of cancer, it is important to provide all catechins to the body, rather than the EGCG itself. In this case, provide a 200 mg dose, which should be taken at least 3 times a day. Side effects associated with supplementation of green tea are nausea, which is a sign of damage to the intestines or stomach. Violation of kidneys or liver is also a very common side effect.
I used to drink it to help with my weight loss, but to be honest I got bored with the taste and now I prefer water. Long-term supplementation can contribute to boredom. You should take a break from every supplement from time to time.
“If your goal is to burn fat, then you should provide 400 to 500 mg of EGCG during the day – the substance that has pro-reducing properties.” – Well, but nowhere in the article is said how many mg of this compound is in one infusion (teaspoon of tea / 200ml of water) .. In that case, how much infusions do I need to get the amount that will affect the rate of fat burning?
The EGCG content depends on the product we use. Just like in vitamin complexes, we will find a different amount of ingredients used, so the tea itself may have a different level of EGCG, which is conditioned by the quality of the tea use.