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Green Tea

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) uses green tea to treat aches, pains, headaches, minor gastrointestinal disorders and depression.

Green Tea for Health and Longevity

Most tea products are derived from the same plant. The difference between tea products comes from how each specific tea is prepared. Unlike black and oolong tea, green tea is not fermented, so the active constituents remain in the herb. Green tea contains a variety of chemical compounds, minerals, vitamins, volatile oils and essential nutrients, but the primary compounds that are believed to provide green tea with its health and medicinal effects are polyphenols, particulary epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).

Health Benefits of Green Tea

Among its arsenal of medicinal effects, preliminary studies suggest that green tea can lower cholesterol levels and reduce amounts of harmful LDL cholesterol. These studies suggest that green tea may also increase cardiovascular health by making blood platelets less sticky.

Green tea has been shown to be a strong blood antioxidant and detoxifier.

Green Tea contains caffeine which stimulates the central nervous system, and tannins, which combat diarrhoea. Taken in moderation, green tea settles the stomach and has mild stimulant effects. When taken in excess it can cause insomnia and digestive problems.

Dosage and Administration

Although no conclusive dosage recommendations are available for green tea, most people take about 3 cups (750 ml) per day. Some research suggests that up to 10 cups per day is needed to receive enough polyphenols to notice a marked increase in health.

To make green tea, simply combine 1 teaspoon of green tea leaves with 1 cup of boiling water and steep for 3 minutes.

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