Health Benefits of Green Tea
What is Green Tea’s biggest benefit? It’s about the catechin content, Says Beth Reardon, RD, a Boston nutritionist. Catechins are antioxidants that fight and may even prevent cell damage. Green tea is not processed much before it’s poured in your cup, so it’s rich in catechins.
Studies on Green Tea’s Remarkable Benefits
There are many studies that show positive effects of green tea consumption on improved brain function, as well as cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and cancer, particularly prostate cancer are disease that researchers have noted might be suppressed or killed by green tea’s active ingredients. Studies show a lower risk of atherosclerosis, stomach cancer, bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, skin cancer, ovarian cancer, colorectal cancer all from regular green tea consumption.
A study showed that one-half cup of green tea represents the same antioxidant potential as 2.5 pounds of fresh fruit.
Time, Type and Temperature for Brewing Tea
There are three main varieties of tea-green,black and oolong, how the tea leaves are processed makes all the difference. Then there is also white tea, which researchers believe have similar health characteristics to green tea. Matcha tea, which means “powdered tea,” is actually green, but have several other differences that set it apart. While regular green tea involves soaking the leaves, either loose or in a bag and pitching them, matcha green tea is actual leaves ground.
Temperature does make a difference for your tea.
White or green teas (full leaf) 170-185 F or 76-85C. When the water boils, turn off the heat and let the water cool for 30 seconds for white tea 60 seconds before pouring it over the leaves.
Oolongs (full leaf) 185-210F or 85-98C.
Black teas (full leaf) Water must be a rolling boil (212F or 100C). The most common mistake is to steep black tea with water that is not hot enough, which can prevent the active substances in black tea from developing.
Use the amount of water in proportion to the amount of tea you have added. For example 5 cups of water for 5 teaspoons of tea. Drink while it is hot; freshly brewed tea is superior to tea that has been sitting for a few hours. FYI adding milk can reduce the potency of some of the antioxidants, but adding lemon can boost the benefits.
To make your tea experience more enjoyable here is a device that I love. It is an electric tea pot that you can control the temperature that it heats to according to the tea you are brewing. It is the Cusinart Perfect Temp Tea Kettle
I’m Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 Pillars for Health. A step-by-step approach to good health. Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.