Is Green Tea Good for You?

is green tea good for you?Is green tea good for you? The answer is an emphatic yes! Green tea is one of the healthiest beverages around. In fact the health benefits of green tea are so potent and numerous that this drink claims its rightful title as a ‘super food’ – or should that be ‘super drink’! So what does green tea do for us? How long do you have!

Heart Health
Drinking green tea everyday does wonders for the health of our hearts and our whole cardiovascular system. Large population studies that analyse the diets of thousands of people over many years have consistently found that the incidence of heart disease is significantly less in those who drink green tea daily compared to those who don’t drink green tea!

It is through several different mechanisms that green tea provides this benefit for heart health. First, the antioxidants found abundantly in green tea, called catechins (which are responsible for most of the health benefits associated with green tea consumption), have potent antioxidant properties that protect LDL cholesterol in our blood stream from oxidative damage. This is very important for the health of our major arteries, because LDL cholesterol that falls victim to oxidative damage will stick to the artery walls, developing into a plaque. This plaque build is atherosclerosis, a health condition that chokes blood supplies to the heart, and is the #1 cause of heart disease!

Other scientific evidence shows us that green tea helps to keep the blood thin, reducing clotting and the risk of heart attacks. Drinking green tea also helps to reduce high blood pressure. Now that is one heart healthy drink!

Cancer Prevention
Cancer prevention is another key health benefit of drinking green tea regularly. Studies with animals, test tubes studies, and large prospective studies all provide strong evidence for the anti-cancer effects of green tea. Those who drink green tea daily are, statistically, at less risk of developing many kinds of cancers, such as breast, colon, stomach and liver cancer. The Japanese, who drink more green tea per person than any other nation, are considerably less likely to develop cancer than those in the USA and the West.

Several studies show that the antioxidant effects of catechins include anti-tumour activity, especially at the DNA level. Catechins can actually protect DNA from oxidative damage that can turn cells cancerous.

Anti-inflammatory Effects
Yes, and the benefits of green tea just keep on rolling in. Several studies have found that the catechins in green tea produce anti-inflammatory effects for joint pain and allergic responses. One of the major causes of inflammation and pain in the joints is arachidonic acid, a naturally occurring chemical made by the body. However, diet plays a strong role in how much arachidonic acid is made in the body. Omega-3 fatty acids, for example, decrease the production of arachidonic acid and promote the creation of anti-inflammatory chemicals instead. In contrast, foods high in saturated fat have the opposite effect and influence the production of arachidonic acid. People with joint pain, such as arthritis, find that they can reduce their joint pain naturally by cutting back on foods high in saturated fat and opting for foods high in Omega-3 (fatty fish and leafy greens) instead.

Those suffering with joint pain will also be happy to hear that green tea catechins have an inhibitory effect upon arachidonic acid production, too. If you are suffering with any kind of joint pain, you may find that drinking a few cups of green tea each day may ease the painful symptoms. A great alternative is to take green tea extract supplements that contain the equivalent antioxidant catechin power as drinking 3 to 12 cups of green tea each day!

Allergic responses are another type of inflammatory disorder. In reaction to an allergen, the body will release histamine into the body. It is histamine that causes many of the symptoms of an allergic response, including milder symptoms like headaches and inflammation of the nasal passageways, and the more extreme symptoms such as lung inflammation that can cause breathing difficulties and asthma attacks.

New evidence is showing that green tea catechins deliver an inhibitory effect upon histamine production, possibly helping to reduce the amount of histamine released, lessening symptoms. This suggests that green tea could be a great help to those with asthma, allergies, and other kinds of histamine based inflammatory responses.

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Use Green Tea to Heal a Toothache

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Can Green Tea Really Cure a Toothache?

There are a lot of testimonials available online to tell you about how green tea can provide temporary relief for a toothache. In addition, green herbal teas can help to lessen tooth pain and can make your teeth more immune to cavities. Green tea is not only antibacterial, but it is also anti-inflammatory. It also increases blood flow, so the infected area of your tooth can heal much faster.

What Type of Green Tea Is the Best?
If you’re going to use green tea, make sure you use the kind that is unsweetened. Green tea works well because it contains antibiotic properties which kill the bacteria living inside of a cavity. A lot of times, this only provides temporary relief. If you want to get permanent relief, you can either keep going to the dentist every time you have toothpain, or you can learn how to prevent cavities and cure them naturally.

Most the time, there is no evidence that green tea has serious side effects. Green tea itself is a stimulant which speeds up your heart rate and can become mildly addictive. You can buy decaffeinated green tea which isn’t very bad for you.

How to Use Green Tea?
If the cavity is pretty mild, just taking a strong solution of green tea and swishing it in your mouth can kill some of the bacteria that is causing the pain in your tooth. If it is a little bit deeper, you may want to put the teabag directly onto your cavity. If the pain is coming from an abscess underneath your tooth, you should go to your dentist right away to have the abscess taken care of.

What Other Ways Are There to Naturally Cure a Toothache?
Garlic- For many years, garlic has been used as a healing herb. Garlic works well because it contains antibacterial properties that can kill the bacteria inside your cavity that are causing the infection. If you can get rid of the bacteria, you can get rid of the pain.

Natural Nutrition– One of the biggest reasons why people have bad teeth isn’t because of their genetics. It is actually due to the fact that a lot of people are malnourished. In America, people get plenty of food to eat. The reason why they are malnourished is because of the foods that they choose to eat. By changing your diet, eating less refined sugars and processed foods, and replacing them with more natural and wholesome foods, you can stop tooth decay and eventually reverse it.

People should make a conscious effort to know more about the foods they are putting inside their bodies. Remember, just because foods are advertised as healthy, doesn’t necessarily mean they are healthy. We should take the time to learn more about the food we eat, especially where they come from, and how they are produced. Better yet, try growing your own vegetable garden or your own small farm and poultry, to have quality assurance that the foods you are eating are fresh, organically grown and healthy.

With the best kind of nutrition, you will soon see your teeth growing stronger, harder and whiter each day. Toothpain, as well as sensitivity to hot and cold, will slowly fade away. For emergency situations and immediate relief of pain, going to the dentist is never a bad idea. However, if you want to have long-term relief and permanent healing, one of the best ways to do this is by having proper nutrition. After you get rid of a cavity, having proper nutrition can allow your tooth to heal on its own.

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Green Tea Fat Burner – Burn The Fat

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Sure everybody’s heard of green tea by now. You may have heard it’s good for you. You’ve probably heard it can help fight some cancers or at least prevent some. But did you know that one of the main benefits of regularly consuming green tea is fat loss? That’s right fat loss. Here we have a society that will their stomachs stapled at a cost of over $20,000 a procedure just to lose some weight and all you have to do is drink some green tea. Well, maybe it’s not that simple but it’s a start. Let’s go over some facts about green tea.
Green Tea Fat Burner – The Basics
Green tea’s discovery can be traced back nearly 4,000 years. It comes from the tea plant Camellia sinensis. It’s an evergreen, shrub-type plant and is common in the South and Southeast Asia. It can also be found in other tropical areas throughout the world. Both green and black tea come from the Camellia sinensis plant but it’s how it’s prepared (or harvested) that separates the two from each other. While black tea and Oolong tea are fermented to give them that wonderful aroma everyone knows by now, green tea is not fermented. It stays natural and unprocessed as far as that part of the process is concerned. This is a good thing when we’re talking about health benefits because it stays unaltered and the active ingredients are as natural as they were on the plant.

Green Tea Fat Burner – Let’s Dig Deeper
So we now have learned that green tea (as well as a few other teas) originates from the Camellia sinensis plant and it’s found in Asia usually, but what is the big deal about green tea specifically and what’s it got to do with the Green Tea Fat Burner title? It’s all about the polyphenols. Polyphenols are organic chemicals found within the green tea plant and it’s these polyphenols that are responsible for some seriously wonderful benefits when talking about drinking green tea. Polyphenols are also known as catechins or flavanols. Flavanols are believed by many to help keep arteries flexible, reduce your blood pressure, increase the circulation in your small vessels and believe it or not actually help to protect against sunburns. Not bad for sure but what about the fat loss benefits?

Green Tea Fat Burner – Burn The Fat
According to a study that ran in an issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, drinking green tea has shown to create an activation of the body’s thermogenic fat-burning abilities. Within this study, it was shown that an optimal amount of catechins (about 690mg worth) ingested for a period of 12 weeks, greatly reduced these subjects’ total fat areas, their skinfold thickness, their waist size, and most important their subcutaneous fat areas! And remember, catechins are in green tea.

This can be explained by the fact that catechins will inhibit (or stagnate) an enzyme called the catechol-O-methyltranferase [ COMT]. This enzyme will actually degrade the body’s primary fat-burner hormone which is called norepinephrine. This is not what you want when trying to burn fat! But with the catechins consumed in green tea, you’ll get some really good elevated levels of norepinephrine. This in turn will extend your body’s thermogenesis.  In plain speak it simply means that all those catechins will help you to burn fat.

Green Tea Fat Burner – Summary

Here you have a wonderful drink that many enjoy but that is also packed with antioxidants, can reduce blood pressure, can keep your pipes (arteries) flexible, has been known to help resist sun burning and most of all, can burn away some fat. In my book, this is a drink worth having a couple times of day!

Author’s Bio: Charles Freeman is the co-founder of a bodybuilding, fitness and nutrition site.

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Green Tea Plus A Lower-in-fat Diet Is A Winning Combo

If you have read some of the main articles on this website about green tea, then you will understand just how beneficial it can be for a weight loss diet. If not, then have a look around, but I will make a long story short here. Green tea contains a specific group of antioxidants called catechin polyphenols. Science shows that these antioxidants help dissolve the amount of fat in our blood stream following a meal, and also speed up the metabolism so that we burn more calories each day. This is the one two punch that green tea delivers for those trying to reduce body fat. To get this benefit, we need to drink about 5 cups per day. Or alternatively we can take a high-quality green tea extract supplement.

Green tea really helps, so please don’t overlook it

In addition to using green tea, I have found something else that helps support a fat loss plan. This something is a kitchen appliance called a Nuwave Oven. I first saw this oven advertised on TV and was attracted to it because it reduces the amount of fat in meat, and apparently cooks more quickly than a regular oven. A quick look online brought me to this neat page at, which reviews the product really well, showing its great advantages for cooking and for weight loss. Having owned the product now for a few months, I have to agree with pretty much everything the reviewer had to say on that website, and he says a lot. It is a deep and extensive review!

While there are time-saving, energy-saving benefits to this oven, when you cook meat with it you really see how much fat comes out and falls to the drip pan below. For those of us trying to lose weight, that is a whole lot of calories that we can now leave behind, courtesy of the good graces of this oven. Pot roasts, hamburgers, steaks and other high-fat meats can be turned into their lower-fat counterparts and still be tasty. The neat thing is that while the fat drips away the infrared cooking methods of this oven keep the natural juices in the meat, so it cooks tender and juicy. Yum!

So if you are trying to lose fat, but you fancy a nice piece of meat that you can’t normally have, then give the Nuwave Oven a whirl to cook a nice low-fat version. After enjoying your meal, finish up with a nice mug of green tea, to help burn off some more calories. We can’t always be perfect with out diets, but we can still be smart about them.

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Explore the Unique Taste of Jasmine Pearl Green Tea

jasmine flowers in tea

Most people are aware of the health and weight loss benefits from drinking natural green or oolong tea. Did you know that there are many different types of blended or scented teas that have exactly the same benefits with a sometimes more palatable taste? If you are not particularly fond of the taste of green tea, yet you know it is good for you, there are many other alternative teas you can try. One of my favorite blended teas is Jasmine Pearl Green tea. Not only does it smell and taste great, but it combines the health benefits of green tea with the health benefits of Jasmine. In fact, Jasmine has long been used to treat anxiety and depression, menopause symptoms and it has been known to strengthen the immune system. Combined with the benefits of green tea, this makes for a winning combination!
There are two main types of Jasmine Pearl Tea – one is made with a white tea base, the other a green tea base. Most Jasmine Pearl tea comes from China, with our particular tea harvested and shipped directly from the Fujian province. This tea is grown at an elevation of 1,200 meters, where the cooler weather and subsequent slower growth adds to the overall quality of the tea. The tea leaves are harvested in spring and the jasmine flowers used to scent the tea a few weeks later.

Not only is the flavour unique, but the appearance of the tea has its own appeal as it is hand rolled into small, tight balls as soon as it is picked. This is where the name “Jasmine Pearl” (or “Buddha’s Tears” as it is also known as) comes from. These tiny tea balls are left to dry while waiting for the jasmine plants to bloom. Once the flowers appear on the jasmine bushes, they are also hand picked and mixed in with the tea balls. Usually, fresh batches of jasmine flowers are added to the tea five or six times—allowing plenty of time for the scent of jasmine to permeate the tea. All types of tea very easily absorb scent which is why you should always store your tea in tight containers and away from other herbs, spices or richly scented food. Because of this property, it is very easy to produce this unique and distinctly scented tea.

As with any type of loose leaf tea, there are usually quite a few different qualities available. How can you tell that you have purchased a high quality tea? It’s fairly simple really. Upon smelling the dried tea, you should immediately notice a jasmine scent. This aroma should also be very present once the tea is brewed and it should last through two or three separate infusions. Oftentimes you may also see tiny, dried jasmine petals still mixed in with the tea balls. Once brewed, the tea is a soft yellow or yellow-green color with a mellow taste – in other words it is not as stringent or earthy as some other types of green tea. One word of warning; it is very easy to make a strong, less mellow infusion through mis-judging the amount of tea balls to begin with. Each tea ball is very tightly rolled, unlike most other types of loose leaf tea, so the quantity of tea needed is less than you would normally use. As a starting point, try using about 4 gm of tea balls per 100 ml cup of tea and then vary the amount according to your taste.

While everyone has their favorite tea pot, my favorite for brewing Jasmine Pearl tea is a glass teapot. Watching the tiny tea balls uncurl is fascinating, something that I enjoy almost as much as I love watching flowering teas unfurl. Of course, you can use any type of tea pot, however glass, clay or ceramic are recommended in order to retain the subtle flavor of the tea.

Finally one last important point to note: The tea is also known as Buddha’s Tears Tea and Jasmine Dragon Pearls. So, if you are looking for Jasmine Pearl Green tea, keep an eye out for the same tea sold under a different name. Remember too, Jasmine Pearl Tea can be made with a white tea base or a green tea base – normally tea made with a white tea base will be more expensive than that made from a green tea base.

If you have not yet savored this delightfully refreshing and aromatic tea I would recommend you do so. It is a perfect choice for green tea lovers and tea drinkers who prefer blended teas over the non-blended. It not only smells and tastes great but it is also very relaxing to sit back and watch it steep and, best of all, it is great for your body and immune system.

Guest Post By: Robyn, director of Robyn Lee Tea. Robyn is very familiar with Asian loose leaf teas and the health benefits of tea. All her teas are sourced directly from China and Taiwan. She is currently writing a book specifically for people who are new to the world of tea, aimed at taking some of the ‘mystery’ out of brewing and sampling these healthy teas.

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