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The effects of green tea - 6 reasons why it is good to drink it

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Green tea is more refreshing than black tea, for example, and is therefore popular in the summer months. Excellent iced teas can also be prepared from it. However, taste is not the most important thing. The main reason why you should drink it is the positive effects of green tea on human health.

Green tea is made from the same tea leaves as black tea and has similar effects. The difference between these two types of tea is in the fermentation process. Green tea fermentation takes much less time than black tea. Fermentation (also known as oxidation) affects the aroma, color, and taste of tea. Therefore, the color of green tea is lighter, orange-yellow, and the taste is light and fresh. This is because že green tea is less processed, which preserves a high percentage of antioxidants. Regular consumption of green tea can help prevent some chronic health conditions, but the list of positive effects of green tea is much longer.

1. Relaxation, relaxation, and tea rituals

Scientists have found that green tea can improve mental health due to theanine. It removes stress from the body, creates a feeling of relaxation, and fights against anxiety. All of this can be supported by the circumstances in which you drink tea. Make a relaxation ritual out of drinking tea as a daily reward. Set aside time to prepare, such as loose-leaf green tea. Turn off your mind and enjoy this process. Then, comfortably sit down, light a candle or aroma lamp, and enjoy a cup of your favorite tea. We recommend a pure green tea like Hyson OPA nebo or a flavored one like soursop.

You can read more about studies on the benefits of green tea for mental health here: https://www.health.com/nutrition/benefits-green-tea

2. Memory and concentration

Green tea can improve memory, especially short-term memory. This is especially important in planning, understanding written and spoken language, thinking, and solving unexpected problems.

In addition, green tea has the ability to protect against neurodegenerative diseases. This property zelený čajis probably due to the high concentration of powerful antioxidant compounds. These protect cells from damage and slow down their neurodegenerative damage. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a decline in cognitive function is one of the first noticeable symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and related forms of dementia.

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3. Cholesterol

Green tea can lower cholesterol levels. High cholesterol increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. A meta-analysis of over thirty studies published in the Nutrition Journal in 2020 found that consuming green tea is associated with lower levels of both total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol. The effects of green tea on cholesterol alone will not prevent a heart attack, but one cup per day is a simple way to prevent these problems.

4. Heart health and high blood pressure

In addition to reducing cholesterol levels, green tea can protect heart health by lowering blood pressure. This is important because almost 50% of cases of heart disease and 60% of strokes are caused by high blood pressure (according to the National Library of Medicine). The ability of green tea to lower blood pressure is due to its high content of antioxidants. They also reduce inflammation and widen blood vessels, allowing blood to flow more easily.

5. Effects of Green Tea for Diabetics

It has been proven that green tea helps prevent and manage type 2 diabetes. Consuming tea, including green tea, can be an effective way to prevent and treat this disease, as research from 2019 published in Antioxidants suggests. Antioxidants help reduce insulin resistance. Insulin resistance occurs when cells are less sensitive to the hormone insulin, which helps cells convert blood sugar into energy. According to the CDC, it is one of the main risk factors for the development of type 2 diabetes.

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6. Antioxidants, Antioxidants, Antioxidants

Green tea contains the aforementioned antioxidants and 27 minerals, according to a 2022 review published in Chinese medicine, which include: potassium, magnesium, and selenium.

Green tea contains many beneficial compounds for the human body. A cup of this beverage contains approximately 28 grams of caffeine. Therefore, individuals sensitive to caffeine should monitor their daily consumption. However, its absorption and subsequent release occurs gradually, avoiding the so-called "caffeine crash" that can happen with coffee.

It is recommended to consume green tea before 5 pm due to the caffeine content, which could disrupt peaceful sleep.

Enjoy it in its classic form or as iced tea. It can also be added to smoothies, oatmeal, or various mixed drinks, and can be flavored with various flavors. Among the green teas we recommend trying are Curtis with exotic lime or Thurson with lily and strawberry flavor.

Preparation of green tea:

  • Place a tea bag or approximately 2 grams of loose leaf tea in a 250 ml pot.
  • Pour over with freshly boiled water at around 80 °C.
  • Steep for 3-5 minutes and it's ready to serve.

High-quality Ceylon tea leaves can be used for a second brew.

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