Research has linked an increased consumption of this oriental infusion with a reduced risk of conditions such as cancer and heart disease. It is a powerful antioxidant and contains a compound known as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which has been found to have a number of cancer-protective actions in the body, including an ability to help in the deactivation of cancer-causing chemicals (carcinogens).
Green tea has been linked with a reduced risk of cancer in both men and women. Research has found that individuals who consume green tea tend to have lower blood levels of cholesterol. Studies have also shown a decrease in blood pressure. Green tea consumption is linked with a reduced risk of stroke and heart disease.
All tea, including green, black and oolong come from the same plant. However, green tea, unlike the others is unfermented so the active health giving ingredients remain unaltered. The other teas, which go through a fermentation process, still contain some of the healthy properties, but appear to be more muted.
How can you tell your green tea truly has healing properties and is not just using the green tea label to sell tea bags? Where do you get good green tea? Does drying the plant diminish its properties? It's so confusing when new health information comes out!