The Health Benefits of Green Tea
By fermentation and oxidation in the production of black tea, many of the active components of the tea, which have a favourable effect on the human body, like catechins, vitamins and others, are changed or destroyed. These processes are completely avoided in the production of green tea. Benefits of Green Tea
According to its quality and the country of origin, green tea is produced from leaves gathered and dried in the open. The usual production process is called steaming as freshly picked leaves are treated with steam for a short time and then are dried. Short steaming is a process which effectively prevents fermentation.
Leaves are gathered at different stages of growth and in different seasons which influences the caffeine content and the correlation of active components and aroma.
Empirically, the best known healing properties of tea, proved by research, are valid only for green tea.
The Dutch physician Nicolas Diveks (1593-1674) in his book The Cure praises the virtues of tea with the following words:
“There is nothing that outweighs the tea. Drinking tea gets away all possible diseases of the human being and provides a long life. The tea gives energy and is very useful for those who study or work at night. It is perfectly right to drink twelve cups of tea a day.”
This praise of tea can be supported by a lot of quotes from old Chinese and Japanese books.
Researchers, physicians and experts in naturopathy have been studying the healing qualities of tea, mainly of green tea. Modern research shows that green tea has the following healing qualities:
- relieves problems of the stomach and the intestines;
- lowers the level of cholesterol in blood;
- strengthens blood vessels;
- influences the heart and blood circulation;
- protects against atherosclerosis and helps its treatment;
- has an anti-inflammatory effect;
- favourably influences the normalisation of thyroid gland function;
- improves blood circulation and promotes skin regeneration;
- increases brain work capacity in particular, and physical achievements to a certain degree;
- combats depression;
- stimulates healing processes of diseases of the liver;
- has an anti – rheumatic effect if it is drunk on a regular basis;
- prevents the formation of stones in the kidneys and the gall;
- prevents caries due to its perfect fluorine content;
- has a diuretic and purifying effect;
- acts as an antioxidant;
- supplies the body with iron, fluorine, important residual elements and vitamins.
According to the latest research of a Japanese research team under the guidance of Dr Hirota Fujiki, green tea is an effective preventive means against the risk of cancer.
Old highly developed cultures of China and India knew about the so called light energy and called it Qi. They thought that this energy is present in all natural substances and has a healing effect. Modern physics is on the trail of these fine material energies known as bio-photons. The energy radiated from cells probably accounts for the healing qualities of the active components of medicinal plants. In green tea, unlike black tea, these “light cells” are “undamaged”, and this is another advantage of the green tea. Benefits of Green Tea
Hence, there exist a lot convincing reasons to start using again the tea plant, the green tea, known for thousands of years. If we replace coffee and black tea with green tea, we will have a “stimulating” and much healthier drink which we can enjoy every day.
The research of a Russian scientists team proves that green tea helps the process of treating radiation damages.
Green tea has a healing effect on chronic hepatitis, nephritis and dysentery. Experiments with animals and later with people show that effect.
In 1876 the Medical College in Calcutta published a detailed survey of the green tea, which shows that green tea lowers the cholesterol level and lessens the risk of heart attack.
A Japanese research proves that green tea is twenty times more effective that Vitamin E preventing the formation of super oxide in the body.
According to other authors, green tea contains the perfect natural combination of zinc and copper. Pregnant women need a lot of zinc. This mineral is one of the most important residual elements which the body of a pregnant woman needs, and green tea is the perfect drink during all pregnancy period. Japanese researchers claim that one cup of green tea per day is enough to reduce caries of school children by 50%. If children rinse their mouths with tea after meals, they will have less caries. The natural fluorine in green tea and other antibacterial combinations in it fight the caries bacteria Streptococcus mutans. Furthermore, green tea has an enzyme which lowers high blood pressure, transforms cholesterol and prevents atherosclerosis. Drinking green tea on a regular basis prevents brain attack and different heart and old-age diseases.
After years of research Japanese scientists have proved that the tannins in green tea react to Strontium 90. Therefore, drinking green tea prevents the accumulation of Strontium 90, which is released during breakdowns in nuclear power plants. Together with the tannin in the green tea about 30% of the strontium is thrown out of the body.
The truth about the healing effect of green tea has been long known and scientifically proved but lately comprehensive research has also proved the anti – carcinogenic and anti-oxidant effect of green tea. The Japanese physician Hirota Fujiki worked for years in the Max Plank Institute, and now he is the director of the Japanese Cancer Research Institute.
Here are some of his scientific results:
Modern research on green tea in Japan is connected with long known circumstances and facts.
In the twelfth century the tea plant Camellia sinensis was brought from China officially and from it green tea was produced. Tea drinking and tea growing spread extremely quickly throughout Japan and today daily green tea drinking is an irrevocable part of the Japanese culture. During all the day the Japanese drink tea
Average data about life expectancy in Japan show 82 years for women and 76 years for men; they are the highest in the world. The data is from 1995.
In the Japanese Shizuoka Prefecture, where the biggest tea plantations are, the lowest cancer mortality in all Japan has been registered. Stomach cancer is almost unknown to the people in this prefecture.
These facts made many Japanese scientists study the effect of green tea in detail. Intensive research has been carried out in order to find the respective active components.