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Green Tea - Camellia sinensis. Green Tea

Green Tea

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Biological Name: Camellia sinensisGreen Tea

Other Names: Green Tea

Active Components: Green tea is rich in caffeine, minerals, vitamins, and volatile oils, but the active components are polyphenols, especially catechin, dubbed epigallocatechin gallate. Green tea’s capacity is believed to depend on polyphenol content most of all.

According to several studies, green tea protects the cardiovascular system on a complete level. Green tea is responsible for reducing the levels of cholesterol in blood, acting as an inhibitor for LDL cholesterol while giving an increase to HDL cholesterol, as well as decreasing the arterial tension, and preventing blood coagulation.

Green tea polyphenols are stated to decrease the possibility of several kinds of cancer, promote the development of immunity cells, and fight bacterial infections, particularly those which trigger dental plaque.

History: After a Chinese legend, green tea was found by accident several thousand years ago. Since the emperor found it, Chinese conventional herbalists have prescribed it for immunity disorders, blood intoxication, weakness, premature aging, depression, indigestion, body pains and aches, as well as headaches. According to contemporary studies, the majority of these actions is justified.

Used For: Green tea may be applied to treat infections, improve immunity functions, treat high triglyceride content, lower blood pressure, decrease cholesterol levels in blood, relieve periodontal disease, and inhibit the risk of cancer.

The majority of researches conducted on green tea have been initiated to study its cancer-guarding and cancer-preventing capacity. Polyphenols, contained in green tea, are characterized by strong anti-oxidant properties. They are even stronger than vitamin C and vitamin E, as far as their ability is concerned.

Green tea is capable of enhancing antioxidant enzyme functionality. According to several researches, conducted in animals, green tea polyphenols can serve as a strong guard from cancer. It is stated that this capacity originates from blockage of components, leading to cancer, like nitrosamines. The herb inhibits carcinogenic activity, while cleansing the body of cancer-triggering elements.

Green tea is stated to produce the strongest action on cancers related to the digestive tract, like colon, pancreas, small intestine, and stomach cancer. It may also be used to prevent estrogen-based cancers, like breast cancer, as well as lung cancer.

It should be noted that green tea acts as a cancer preventative, while black tea is potent of elevating the possibility of several cancers, like endometrium, gallbladder, and rectum cancers.

Additional Info: Any tea is produced from one herb, called Camellia sinensis. They differ only in the way the leaves are prepared and processed before use.

Chinese residents have raised tea herbs since time immemorial. Tea plant is an evergreen bush, which may reach 30 feet in height, but is commonly kept no higher than 2-3 feet. The leaves are covered with fuzz, and are applied both in herbal medicine, and as a common drink. The leaves, usually gathered to make tea, are young in age, as the older ones are stated to be worse in quality.

Green tea differs from its counterparts by its unchanged active content, due to the fact that the leaves are not fermented. The freshly chopped leaves are mildly processed by steam. Green tea is rich in polyphenols, due to which reason it may be used as a cancer preventative.

Preparation and Intake: The majority of studies take the dose of green tea commonly consumed by Asian residents, which is nearly three cups a day (accounting for 240-320 mg of polyphenol content).

To prepare green tea, take one teaspoon of leaves for a cup of boiling water and infuse for three minutes. Capsules and tablets which are standardized to polyphenol content (EGCG) can also be found. Some of them are devoid of caffeine and contain nearly 97% of polyphenol that is equal to the amount of polyphenol found in 4 cups of green tea.

Safety: Green tea is generally safe for application. Adverse effects, which result from drinking too much green tea, are limited to the side effects of caffeine, found in the plant.