Green tea has many benefits – so drink up!
Green tea, or Camellia sinensis is the most consumed beverage in the world after water.
Most of the health benefits of green tea can be attributed to the polyphenols, specifically the catechins.
These health benefits are include but are not limited to
How can you reap some of these benefits?
Start by incorporating brewed green tea into your diet, independent studies show that green tea from a loose leave source had the higher amounts of beneficial catechins. This same study found that consumer brands Lipton and Bigelow were among the top for bagged green tea.
Studies also show that green tea from China should be used with caution as higher amounts of lead can be found within tea grown there because of pollution.
Including green tea as one of your daily beverages is a great place to start for prevention, but many of the illnesses listed above see better results with green tea extract, EGCG in supplemental form (this allows for higher concentration of the catechins). When incorporating a new supplement to your daily routine it is important to consult a professional to determine proper dosage, ensure supplement quality and, to avoid any interactions with any other supplements or medications.