The benefits of green tea

Green tea originated in China and has since been associated with many cultures throughout Asia. Unlike black teas, green tea has earned itself a name as not only a refreshing and enjoyable tea to drink but is considered somewhat a superfood by many.

At York Coffee Emporium we stock a fabulous range of green teas including Japanese Sencha, Jasmine Flower, a Decaf option and more. We want to to delve into the nitty gritty and find out the benefits of green tea (aside from the burst of happiness with each sip of its delicate flavour), so here goes.

The health benefits of green tea

Green tea has been hailed for centuries for its health benefits. In traditional Chinese and Indian medicine green tea was used for a number of aids including; healing wounds, aiding digestion, improving general wellbeing of the heart and regulating body temperature. In modern day in the West green tea does not make it into the doctors surgery so why is this delightful drink still loved for its beneficial factors?

Feeling the benefits of green tea at home

No we’re not encouraging you to apply green tea to a scratch next time one should happen, but we are hoping to find out why drinking a few cuppas could help general health and wellbeing.

Why green tea?

  • Green tea is considered one of the world's healthiest drinks and contains one of the highest amount of antioxidants of any tea.
  • The natural chemicals (polyphenols) in tea provide its anti-inflammatory and anticarcinogenic effects.

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    Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory are the main factors that make green tea beneficial to the body. If each cupful works with the body to flush out oxidants and reduce inflammation then green tea is certainly worth it.

    Just as the body benefits in great leaps from the correct amount of water, green tea could be that added extra to keep you in tip top form. There are many unnatural supplements, vitamins, tablets on the market that will more effectively do these things (as they are at a far more concentrated level) but keeping it natural should always be the way.

    Why would you need an anti-inflammatory you may wonder? You may associate this with reducing the inflammation of something quite severe such as a migraine or a sprained ankle but there are everyday pains and strains that can be helped too. The anti-inflammatories in green tea can work towards soothing a number of things including arthritis, an upset stomach, muscle pain and more.

    The point is not to drink copious amounts of green tea if your head is hurting, but is that illnesses such as those listed can be prevented (though you can’t notice what you don’t have!) by the health benefits of green tea. If you’re looking for a little something to give your body that extra nudge from groggy to great then green tea may be the one for you. The best thing about it is that if you (like us) drink many cups of hot beverages throughout the day then switching your regular Breakfast Tea to Green Tea is going to be effortless.

    As well as promoting general health and wellbeing, other possible health benefits of green tea include, lowering cholesterol, helping with Type 2 Diabetes, Weight Loss and even the prevention of cancer. Studies into such are however inconclusive at current.


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