Is Green Tea Just Another Fad?
Make simple green tea part of your routine
Isn’t Green Tea good for you?
Tea has been around for thousands of years. There is an often repeated legend that Chinese Emperor Shan Nong “discovered” tea in 2737 B.C. when a few tea leaves dropped into his boiling drinking water. He supposedly liked the smell, drank it up, felt better, then decided to start planting tea bushes in the palace gardens. News of the drink went viral on whatever was the equivalent of the Internet in those days.
Whatever its actual origins, tea is now the most-consumed beverage around. Since its introduction to the Western World about 400 years ago, the British now lead the pack on consumption, sipping over 165 million cups of tea every day. However, when Tea Time was first created, no one was touting its health benefits beyond a relaxing afternoon caffeine break, and Black Tea was all the rage. Green Tea, made from the steamed and dried leaves of Camellia sinesis (a shrub native to Asia), differs from Black tea, which is made from fermented Camellia sinesis; fermentation is thought to reduce the levels of some compounds, such as antioxidants, in Black Tea. That being said, Green Tea only represents around 20% of overall tea consumption.
So, Green Tea must have some actual benefits!
The purported health benefits of Green Tea are numerous. I wanted to find out which of the claims are true. In the course of my research, I found that a number of them seem to hold up. Yet, like almost every claim about the health benefits of things to eat or drink, some of the benefits of Green Tea have been greatly exaggerated for financial gain: studies are contradictory – especially between human and non-human research – and results are mixed.
For example, The American Cancer Society on its cancer.org site states that, “While the results of laboratory studies have been promising, at this time the available scientific evidence does not support claims that green tea can help prevent or treat any specific type of cancer in humans.” The article does state that animal studies have proved promising.
Further, the journal “Molecular Nutrition & Food Research”, in its Special 2011 Issue on Green Tea and Cancer, states “there is ample evidence that green tea has cancer preventive properties in in vitro and animal models. However, the question remains whether these chemopreventive properties are observed in humans.”
Okay, so if you’re not human, Green Tea is clearly beneficial. That’s great for your dog or cat – and especially for your pet mouse – but what about you and your family?
What are some of the likely benefits of Green Tea?
And on and on. In my research, I found over 1000 studies listing the benefits of Green Tea. Lots of claims, lots of potential, lots of “further studies needed”.
Damn the research: drink Green Tea anyway!
So, never mind the currently sketchy human research results. Drinking a warm, calming beverage several times a day is clearly beneficial to your health and peace of mind. Add some Green Tea to that beverage, and you certainly aren’t going to harm yourself. Many people – myself included – enjoy Green Tea, and will not stop drinking it just because of inconclusive research on its exaggerated benefits. If and when the research pans out, we’re all ahead of the game!
Don’t know how to make tea? Really? Okay, it’s time to learn. Bring a pot of water to boil. Put a green tea bag in the bottom of a cup. Pour the boiling water over the tea bag in the cup. Let the tea steep to desired color (typically 5 minutes). Add organic honey to taste, and maybe a squeeze of fresh lemon. Now drink the tea. Careful! Don’t burn your tongue!
- Several times a day.
- Lower blood pressure
- Heart health
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