Green Tea is pretty awesome! Not only does it have great flavor and aroma, but it also has a pretty incredible list of known or suspected health benefits. And unlike some of the more ridiculous claims from years past (see the vintage ad below, it's not a hoax), there are actually scientific studies to support many of the claims surrounding Green tea. In this post I will highlight 3 ailments which are major causes of death and highlight a few of the studies that suggest drinking green tea regularly could be beneficial in their prevention.
1. High Cholesterol
While we actually need all forms of cholesterol, experts generally identify two specific types as being good (High-Density Lipoproteins) and bad (Low-Density Lipoprotiens). The good kind takes extra cholesterol from our bodies and returns it to the liver to be processed, but the bad kind can cause buildups in our arteries and contribute to heart disease, heart attacks, strokes and other problems. Here is a link to a study published by the US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health which suggests that drinking green tea could help in this fight by preventing the body from absorbing many of the fats which become cholesterol!
Cancer needs very little introduction. It's really bad, you don't want it. People have been searching for the "cure" to cancer for quite some time, but still haven't found any surefire treatment that will eliminate the various types of cancer and/or prevent them from coming back after they've been removed. What most people have turned to is trying to avoid carcinogens while also living a healthy lifestyle.
While it is by no means a cure for cancer, green tea certainly fits well into living a healthy lifestyle, and several studies suggest that it could play a role in cancer prevention. This is a link to one such study which found strong evidence that Green Tea Catechins (a type of antioxidant) helped to prevent prostate cancer in a sample group of men who were considered "high risk."
Diabetes is a big problem for many Americans who have to be very careful how they eat and live. Diabetes also leads to a whole bunch of other issues, and is one of the leading causes of death in our country. Hemoglobin A1c is a blood component which is commonly used to indicate a person's status relating to diabetes. This a link to a study which found that the daily use of green tea powder as a supplement helped to lower hemoglobin A1c levels in people with borderline diabetes.
So How Great is Green Tea Really?
Above I talked about 3 major ailments, and 3 scientific studies which have found some evidence to suggest that green tea may be helpful in preventing those illnesses. But the truth is that I've only scratched the surface, and there is actually far more research that has proven positive effects on a wide array of diseases and other health issues. The way I see it, green tea is to healthy beverages what the sun is to heat production. Ok that's maybe slightly overblown, but you get my point. If you want an incredibly healthy drink that actually tastes great at the same time, green tea is your answer!
Check out our pearl green tea here. All of our tea pyramids are individually sealed and we use only whole leaves and buds. This helps the teas to properly retain their natural nutrients until you brew them into your cup. You can also use one of these tea pyramids throughout the day to make many cups of delicious tea!
Disclaimer: This post is intended to present several studies and the author's personal opinions which suggest that regular green tea consumption may be beneficial in relation to several serious ailments. WE MAKE NO GUARANTEES OR ASSURANCES OF ANY KIND RELATED TO THE SUCCESSFUL PREVENTION OR TREATMENT OF ANY ILLNESS BY CONSUMING GREEN TEA. WE ARE IN NO WAY SUGGESTING THAT ANYONE SUBSTITUTE GREEN TEA CONSUMPTION FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT OF ANY ILLNESS. YOU SHOULD CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR WITH YOUR SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES AND MEDICATIONS BEFORE MAKING ANY SIGNIFICANT CHANGES RELATED TO DIET AND TREATMENT OF ILLNESS.
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