For many, Green Tea seems to be just another one of a long line of health related products that people have gone mad over recently; but is it any different from any of the other so called natural remedies? japanese cam girls
In this article we’re going to find out a bit more about what goes into Green Tea, then we’ll look at the health claims made for it, and finally we’ll see if any of these claims can actually be backed up by science.
Let’s start with an extremely brief history of Green Tea.
There appears to be references to Green Tea, in Chinese literature, going back as far as 5,000 years ago, however, it now seems to be associated with cultures in Japan, Asia, South Korea, and the Middle East, too. It made its way into Europe sometime in the early 1600’s.
It is said that it was discovered by Shien Non Shei, who, after tasting the juice of the leaves, decided that they would taste better mixed with water. It is also said that it was actually discovered by the Emperor called Shen Nung when a tea blossom fell into a cup of hot water he was drinking.
The sugar and milk appears to have been a much later European contribution to tea.
What goes into Green Tea?
The major differences between Green Tea and Herbal Teas’ aren’t just what go into them; they’re also what come out of them.
The only real link between Green Tea and Herbal Tea is the name ‘Tea’. Green Tea is made solely from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis (the tea plant), and Herbal Teas may be blended with things as diverse as: chamomile, lemon, lavender, citrus blossoms, mint, liquorice, orange, fennel, nettles, hibiscus, roses, rose hips, jasmine, rosemary, thyme, vetiver, valerian, willow, St. John’s Wort, etc, anything other than Camellia Sinensis.
A more scientific break down of the ingredients of Green Tea shows that it contains: caffeine, tannin, theobromine, saponins, theophylline, wax, fat, polyphenols (catechins in particular), essential oils, carotene, vitamin C, vitamins A, B1, B12, K and P, magnesium, fluoride, iron, calcium, strontium, copper, nickel, and zinc. There are also trace elements of molybdenum and phosphorus.
I’m feeling thirsty already.
What are the health claims being made for Green Tea?
Some of the claims being made for it are that it can help prevent, or even treat cancer. It can treat multiply sclerosis and impaired immune systems. It is said to help prevent both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. It can reduce the risk of heart disease, and tooth decay. It also helps to improve rheumatoid arthritis and your cholesterol levels. There are also a number of minor claims like increasing fat oxidation and metabolism so as to help with weight loss.