"Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one."
(Ancient Chinese Proverb)
In my continuing pursuit of health I decided to rid myself of diet soda pop about six months ago. It is amazing how addictive the stuff is! I found myself craving it from sun up until sun down and probably drank at least a six pack a day. It took about a week being off of the stuff before cravings stopped. I knew that I needed to replace the saccharin and aspartame filled beverage with a healthier choice; however I hated drinking water.
After completing some research on the Internet I found compelling information about the wondrous antioxidants that are contained in Green Tea. Unfortunatley, I've never liked drinking hot tea, so what was I going to do? The next day we traveled to Costco for our monthly shopping and low and behold there was a beautiful box of Matcha Green Tea staring me in the face. The instructions stated that it was deliciously good whether prepared hot or cold so I quickly grabbed the big green box and threw it on top of the basket.
As soon as we returned home I broke into the box of tea, threw 6 bags into my 2 quart pitcher and filled it with cold water. I put the pitcher into the fridge for an hour and then gave the antioxidant-filled brew a test drive. Mmmm....not bad...not great, but not bad. I stirred in a touch of honey and gave it another sip. This sweetened version I could get use to.
As of today, I drink 32+ ounces of green tea each day plus 16 to 32 ounces of water. During the summer the tea left unsweetened is especially refreshing after I've been doing yardwork for hours. I've even tried it hot and it isn't bad at all. My arthritis and cholesterol have both improved since adding this to my daily lifestyle.
My case in point is that it takes time to create new habits and get use to new things. I actually had a taste of a friend's Diet Coke the other day and thought I was going to be sick because it tasted so aweful to me. Hang in there if you are trying to create new and lasting habits - - it can be done!
Here are specific benefits of incorporating this Super Food into to your life:
Is any other food or drink reported to have as many health benefits as green tea? The Chinese have known about the medicinal benefits of green tea since ancient times, using it to treat everything from headaches to depression.
Today, scientific research in both Asia and the west is providing hard evidence for the health benefits long associated with drinking green tea. For example, in 1994 the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent. University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. There is also research indicating that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.
To sum up, here are just a few medical conditions in which drinking green tea is reputed to be helpful:
•high cholesterol levels
•impaired immune function
What makes green tea so special?
The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots. The latter takes on added importance when you consider that thrombosis (the formation of abnormal blood clots) is the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke.
Why don't other Chinese teas have similar health-giving properties? Green, oolong, and black teas all come from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. What sets green tea apart is the way it is processed. Green tea leaves are steamed, which prevents the EGCG compound from being oxidized. By contrast, black and oolong tea leaves are made from fermented leaves, which results in the EGCG being converted into other compounds that are not nearly as effective in preventing and fighting various diseases.
New evidence is emerging that green tea can even help dieters. In November, 1999, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published the results of a study at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Researchers found that men who were given a combination of caffeine and green tea extract burned more calories than those given only caffeine or a placebo.
Green tea can even help prevent tooth decay! Just as its bacteria-destroying abilities can help prevent food poisoning, it can also kill the bacteria that causes dental plaque. Meanwhile, skin preparations containing green tea - from deodorants to creams - are starting to appear on the market.
To date, the only negative side effect reported from drinking green tea is insomnia due to the fact that it contains caffeine. However, green tea contains less caffeine than coffee: there are approximately thirty to sixty mg. of caffeine in six - eight ounces of tea, compared to over one-hundred mg. in eight ounces of coffee.
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