Green Tea Health Benefits
The benefits of Green Tea cannot be overstated. However, most people who pick this wholesome, nutritious beverage off the shelves don’t consider its true capability. Nor do they often think of its significance in history or its cultural impact on the world.
We are here to tell you that Green Tea has borne witness to the rise and fall of Empires. It has rerouted the trajectory of cultures. Indeed, it has stood the test of time and is now a pillar in a multitude of global societies.
As of the 21st Century, it is taking the world by storm because of the well-documented benefits.
Today, modern science has begun to uncover its potential piece by piece, leaf by leaf. According to the latest research, this exceptional brew can improve cardiovascular health by lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol.
In this article, we will answer some of your burning questions about the Benefits of Green Tea
- What is it?
- EGCG in Green Tea
- Helps with a Healthy Heart
- Can Help you Lose Weight
- Low in Calories
- Helps Your Skin Look Healthy
- Side Effects
The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company have compiled the facts, the stories, the studies and the testimonies relating to this tea type. Join us on this journey that started 5,000 years ago and shows no signs of slowing down.
What is it
Like all so-called “real” Teas (Green, Black, White and Oolong), this beverage starts life as leaves from the Camellia sinensis (Tea) plant.
There are several subspecies of this plant, including Camellia sinensis var sinensis (a Chinese variety) and Camellia sinensis var assamica (an Indian variety).
The question begs: “if all four main Teas come from the same plant, then what makes them different?” The answer lies in the processing of the tea leaf. This is when the likes of Green Tea and Black Tea go their separate ways.
The making of this Tea, in particular, involves many steps beginning with the harvesting of the leaf. When and how this occurs depends on the region in which the plant grows.
We as a society are becoming increasingly health conscious. Still, in a world of “fake news” it’s hard to know what’s true and what’s false. This Tea has long had the spotlight when it comes to improving one’s everyday way of life. But is there evidence? Yes.
The benefits of Green Tea are real. They are not fairy tales or lies. For centuries people have consumed this Tea for its well documented benefits and properties.
Now, the facts and the figures have fallen into place. The consensus is that Green Tea, no matter the type, can support a healthy and active lifestyle in some of the most remarkable ways.
The natural process of human oxidation, which is when our body metabolises the oxygen we breathe and our cells produce energy from it, can cause many issues when left unchecked.
Oxygen molecules can create stress on our organs and tissues by introducing unpaired electrons called free radicals to the body. An abundance of free radicals in the body can, in turn, lead to complications such as heart disease and even cancer.
Yet all is not lost as the antioxidants in this Tea can afford protection from free radicals and can, in some cases, neutralise them, albeit temporarily. In particular, it is rich in antioxidant compounds called polyphenols, specifically polyphenolic catechins.
These catechins can be further sub-categorised, with the most vital being Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). This particularly special compound holds the key to many of the benefits of this type of Tea.
How EGCG in Green Tea can Help
We know already that EGCG can reduce the risks of developing cardiovascular disease and its frequent consumption can improve cardiovascular health. When it comes to its ability to combat cancer, on the other hand, things aren’t so clear-cut.
There is some preliminary evidence to support the consumption of Green Tea for a reduced risk of developing cancer, none we as a company are yet prepared to endorse, however.
In 2015, a meta-analysis found that drinking a cup each day (no matter the type) reduced the risks of developing cancer by 2%. Those who drank the most Tea, on the other hand, had a 21% lower cancer risk than those who drank none.
Nevertheless, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company must stress again that we strictly do not endorse the consumption of Green Tea, or any Tea, for the reduced risks of developing cancer. Instead, we support the mounting evidence that suggests correlations in this field.
But the benefits do not end there, far from it.
What we lack in information with Green Tea and cancer, we make up for in other areas. Can it help you to lose weight? Yes. Can it help you to fight depression? Yes.
Don’t just take our word for it. Read the facts!
Improves Cardiovascular Health
High diets in saturated fats coupled with low physical activity are the two main contributors to cardiovascular disease and other similar conditions.
This type of Tea might be the answer to the concerns of many.
A recent meta-analysis of 13 Green Tea-related observational studies found that volunteers who drank the most Green Tea had a 28% lower risk of a coronary artery disease than those who drank the least. And that is just one example.
Another common cardiovascular disease known as atherosclerosis is often caused by reduced levels of nitric oxide (NO) in the endothelium lining of blood vessels. Studies have indicated that the flavonoids in this Tea can improve endothelial function and flow-mediated dilation (FMD).
One study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition stated that Green Tea improved bioactivity of the endothelium-derived vasodilator, nitric oxide, by enhancing its synthesis. In other words, choosing this type of Tea can improve cardiovascular health.
Aids Weight Loss
We know is no easy way to lose weight. There is no magic “fix-all” solution. There is no use believing internet searches besieging you with luring titles such as “follow these six steps and drop 7 pounds in a week”. here you will learn about the true benefits of Green Tea.
Green Tea, meanwhile, is a weight-loss tool to believe in. It doesn’t pretend to be anything than what it is: an accompaniment to a healthy and active lifestyle.
It doesn’t try to sell you the false pretence of being a “miracle brew”, mostly because there is no real miracle to science. Instead, there is method.
Providing one eats healthily and exercises frequently, Green Tea can help weight loss by boosting the metabolism, helping your body to burn fat quicker and more efficiently.
But the former is needed for the latter to work. It means eating apples and bananas, having evening walks in the park and getting out of bed to go on a morning jog the next day.
After all, you know what they say: with great Tea comes great responsibility.
This tea can also help you to reach your weight loss goal in more than one way. So, put down that can of fizzy drink; throw away that sugary fruit juice, and instead, have only two calories per 200 ml of Green Tea.
Consider it as a “guilt-free” pleasure. This Tea contains fewer calories than wine (160 kcals), beer (180 kcals), and cider (220 kcals). It also contains fewer calories than bananas (105 calories), kiwis (93 calories), plums (91 calories), and even a small apple (52 calories).
Of course, you shouldn’t consider this Tea type as an alternative to food. But should you have a craving for something you probably shouldn’t, then why not brew up a nice, nourishing cup of low calorie Green Tea instead?
Give You Healthy Skin
Have you ever walked into a beauty shop, stared at a pot of £50 skin cream, and wondered if there is a better way? It turns out there is.
According to a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association of Dermatology in 2000, the antioxidants in Green Tea can afford protection against a variety of skin disorders. In particular, EGCG, the same antioxidant that can afford protection against cardiovascular health, can keep your skin in its prime.
Furthermore, the same tannins found in this Tea type that make this beverage taste pleasantly astringent can also keep your skin “pleasantly” beautiful by shrinking pores. Additionally, one of the benefits of this tea is it reduces sebum (natural skin oil) production. And that is why many choose it for treating acne.
It also has anti-inflammatory properties capable of reducing skin swelling. It can also reduce the signs of ageing, protect against sun damage and even, when used topically, can gently exfoliate the skin. This eliminates dead, rough skin cells from the face as well as any excess oil and pollutants.
Increase Brain Function
Britain has a health problem. And no, we’re not talking about obesity or oral hygiene. Not right now, anyway. We are talking about an estimated 750,000 people who live with either Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. Statistically, the prevalence of these conditions is set to double in the next 40 years as the UK’s population ages.
Early evidence suggests that the EGCG which is a benefit of Green Tea can improve brain function and can, potentially, reduce the risks of developing Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.
In one new study conducted at the University of Basel, Switzerland, Prof. Stefan Borgwardt from the Psychiatric University Clinics found that extracts of Green Tea increase the brain’s effective connectivity. This refers to the causal influence that one brain area exerts over another.
The effect of this connectivity also led to the improvement of cognitive improvement as proven by the volunteers who, after consuming the extract, tested significantly better for memory tasks.
Helps With Oral Health
Who else is bored of the stereotype that British people have bad teeth because they drink too much Tea? Not only do we, on the contrary, have exceptionally excellent oral health but we also should be drinking much more Tea. This is because, according to studies, it is one of the main reasons we have such glistening smiles.
One particular study conducted at the University of Fukuoka, Japan, and led by Dr Yoshihiro Shimazaki saw male participants aged between 49 and 59 examined on three indicators of periodontal disease: periodontal pocket depth (PD), clinical attachment loss (CAL) of gum tissue, and bleeding on probing (BOP) of the gum tissue.
Researchers, including Dr Shimazaki, noted that for every one cup of Green Tea consumed per day, there was a decrease in all three indicators. This, therefore, signified a lower instance of periodontal disease in those subjects who drank this Tea regularly.
The reason for this dramatic improvement in oral health is again credited to EGCG. According to previous research, it can reduce inflammation in the body. The indicators of periodontal disease measured in Dr Shimazaki’s study suggested the existence of an inflammatory response to periodontal bacteria in the mouth.
By interfering with the body's inflammatory response to periodontal bacteria, Benefits of this Tea may help promote periodontal health and ward off further disease.
If that doesn’t put a smile on your face, then what will?
Can Help with Stress Relief
During the Second World War, Prime Minister Winston Churchill believed that a good, hearty cup of Tea was vital for the country’s morale. He worried about what would happen if the supply was cut off. Thankfully, Tea was near the top of the list of priorities.
In fact, the largest government purchases in 1942 were bullets, then Tea, then artillery shells, bombs, and explosives. One might say that Tea was our secret weapon. It certainly didn’t eradicate stress among the British people of World War II, but it helped in small ways.
Today, statistics suggest that 75% of people in Britain, France, Germany, Canada, America, Australia, and South Korea feel stressed regularly.
There is no easy way to overcome the perils of a fast-paced 21st Century society. Nevertheless, there is one way to at least make things just a little better.
It is a way used to great success for thousands of years, the same way adopted by the British people just 75 years ago: brew up a cup of Tea and enjoy the stress relieving benefits of Green Tea like thousands around the world.
It sounds simplistic but, according to research, people who drink Tea four times a day for six weeks have lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.
Furthermore, reducing your stress levels might be the key to losing a couple of extra pounds!
Another recent study has discovered that chronic stress disrupts sleep and blood sugar levels. This then leads to increased hunger and comfort eating. With comfort eating comes further disrupted sleep, even higher levels of stress and even more disrupted blood sugars.
This not only leads to unhealthy levels of body fat but also, very potentially, type-2 diabetes.
So, could sitting on the sofa with a nice cup of Green Tea help? It’s a possibility.
Drinking Raspberry Leaf Tea during pregnancy is an excellent choice at 32 weeks. However, it is not the only one. Green Tea is another choice to consider for different reasons.
Before we look into this, it’s important to note that while Raspberry Leaf Tea is a caffeine-free Herbal Tea, Green Tea is not. For that reason, one must exercise caution. NHS Choices recommends that pregnant women consume no more than 200 mg of caffeine daily. This is about the same amount as 2 cups of Coffee.
Indeed, it does contains caffeine. But very little. The average cup of this Tea type contains between 30 mg and 45 mg of caffeine. So, compared with the estimated 100 mg of caffeine per cup of Coffee, it is a great alternative.
Nevertheless, be sure to monitor your caffeine intake, even with Green Tea. Also take note of any other caffeinated drinks you consume alongside it, including Coffee and soft drinks.
Aside from caffeine, it also contains an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and other antioxidants. It is nutritious to the last, which is precisely what you need when you’re pregnant. The benefits of it, after all, extend to pretty much everyone!
But if you have any uncertainties regarding the caffeine content of Green Tea when pregnant, then The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company will always recommend a medical consultation before consuming it while pregnant.
There are very few side effects to consuming Green Tea. In fact, the vast majority of people will have no problem drinking 3 or sometimes 4 cups of Green Tea daily.
But naturally, this does not apply to everyone. Those who are particularly sensitive to caffeine should instead consider a Decaffeinated beverage. This is because excessive caffeine intake might lead to nervousness, shakiness and even on the rarest of occasions, anxiety.
Excessive caffeine intake can exasperate stomach-related issues in some individuals. Furthermore, it has led to headaches and migraines, insomnia, and heart palpitations. If you have, in the past, suffered from any of these issues, then we again recommend a medical consultation before drinking Green Tea.
However, the most common side effect of frequent consumption, the one we hear the most about when our quality Teas are chosen, is wanting to brew up another cup!
Where to Buy it
We have more than 35 years’ experience with Green Tea. Today, we stock over 100 different types. If you are not a fan of regular, then Matcha Tea, Gunpowder or Peppermint Green, for example, then we have many more for you to choose.
We have our Lucky Dragon Hyson Organic Green Tea as just one possibility. This is a fine quality beverage from China produced using only traditional (and organic!) methods. We also have Sakura Cherry Sencha for those looking to embrace Japanese tradition.
Alternatively, there is Jasmine and Vanilla White and Green Tea if you love White Tea just as much and can’t choose between the two. Still not whetted your appetite?
Why not feel festive, then, with Christmas Green Tea? This brew is made with the finest quality leaves complemented with exotic and spicy surprises.
If perhaps you would like to try a variety of Teas, then consider our Samples Selection and pick your favourite! This selection includes five different Green Tea, all found on our website.