I love green tea, i drink at least 5 cups a day. There is this green tea I buy from Sassafras that is so good, its very addictive. I love the taste though and I love it strong, although sometimes it can be too strong and makes me feel unwell... why does that happen? It happens with normal tea too...
Here is some information I found about green tea:
Benefits of Green Tea
Green tea contained powerful antioxidants which have been shown in recent studies to fight viruses, slow aging, and have a beneficial effect on health. Clinical tests have shown that green tea can help destroy free radicals and have far-reaching positive effects on the entire body.
Free radicals are highly reactive molecules and fragments of molecules that can damage the body at the cellular level leaving the body susceptible to cancer, heart disease, and many other degenerative diseases.
EGCG is a potent antioxidant.
Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), an antioxidant found in green tea, is at least 100 more times more effective than vitamin C and 25 times more effective than vitamin E at protecting cells and DNA from damage believed to be linked to cancer, heart disease and other serious illnesses. This antioxidant has twice the benefits of resveratrol, found in red wine.
Special Benefits of Green Tea
• Reduces high blood pressure. Drinking green tea represses angiotensin II which leads to high blood pressure.
• Lowers blood sugar. Green tea polyphenols and polysaccharides are effective in lowering blood sugar.
• Fights cancer. There have been many studies that have shown that green tea catechins are effective at preventing cancer.
Green tea also boosts the immune system because of its high concentrations of polyphenols and flavenoids.
Green Tea and Weight Loss
If you drink green tea you can-
• Lower cholesterol
• Increase Thermogenesis (the body's rate of burning calories)
• Enhance fat oxidation
Green tea weight loss benefits- it burns fat naturally and increases metabolism
Green tea contains high concentrations of catechin polyphenols. These compounds work with other chemicals to intensify levels of fat oxidation and thermogenesis, where heat is created in the body by burning fuels such as fat. Drinking Japanese green tea regularly will increase your metabolism and help burn fat safely and naturally.
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Green tea can lower cholesterol and increase energy expenditure
Green tea also causes carbohydrates to be released slowly, preventing sharp increases in blood-insulin levels. This promotes the burning of fat.
Drinking green tea can facilitate weight loss by affecting glucose
Weight is gained as excess sugars and fats are stored in the body as fat cells. Green tea catechins can help prevent obesity by inhibiting the movement of glucose in fat cells. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) has been found to be especially effective. There is now good evidence that green tea catechins are related to reductions in body fat.
Maxx - I have no idea why you would faint from green tea.. how strong did you have it? But here is some information on what exactly green tea is:
What is green tea?
What exactly is the difference between green tea, and the comfortable black tea you are used to? Well, it all comes from the same plant (Camellia sinensis), but the difference is in the processing. Green tea is dried, but not fermented. The shorter processing gives green tea a lighter flavour than black tea. It also helps keep all the beneficial chemicals intact, which is why green tea is so good for you.