May 10, 2013

The Amazing Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea has been a beverage of choice for centuries. The faithful tout it as a wonder brew, claiming its healthful properties aid our bodies in accomplishing everything from burning excess fat to destroying cancer.

Scientists know green tea contains chemicals that theoretically should have a beneficial effect on our well being. However, for the most part, the jury’s still out on whether or not consuming green tea can actually help us stay healthy.

Green, black, and oolong teas all come from the same evergreen shrub, However, unlike black and oolong teas, the leaves used to make green tea aren’t fermented. The pared-down production process allows green tea to maintain an especially high concentration of antioxidants.

Antioxidants help our bodies disable or get rid of dangerous substances called free radicals. Free radicals can damage and even kill our cells. The antioxidants in green tea are called polyphenolic catechins.

Gee, I feel like having a green tea now : )