Let’s Talk Green Tea and its Health Benefits
22 August, 2018 by Life Rituals
The Incredible Health Benefits of Herbal and Green Tea in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine is well documented, and thought to assist in the cure of and recovery from many illnesses.
Legendary Japanese Zen priest Eisai wrote one of the oldest tea books, ‘Kissa Yojoki’ (Book of tea) – How to stay healthy by drinking tea (1191). This two volume book explains the health benefits of drinking green tea and its positive effect on the five vital organs, in particular the heart. It also explained the medicinal uses of tea including treating indigestion, preventing fatigue, boosting brain function, and acting as a stimulant. The ultimate tea lover Eisai said:
‘Tea is the ultimate mental and medical remedy and has the ability to make one’s life more full and complete’.
Our herbalist Jo George couldn’t agree more ! She uses Sencha Organic Green Tea in her Energising Ritual Tea blend combined with other carefully selected ingredients to help keep your mind and senses sharp and operating at optimum levels during stressful periods. Apart from the ‘super’ anti-oxident green tea, there are other reasons why this blend supports adrenal health and calms the nervous system, making it beneficial for alleviating stress in people who feel strung-out, and exhausted at the same time.
Energising Ritual Tea contains not one but two powerhouse adaptogens ginseng and tulsi which contain compounds that relax and invigorate – helping you adapt to stressful situations when exhaustion threatens. Widely used by herbalists adaptogens improve the body’s resistance to stress along with strengthening the immune system. This blend can be enjoyed whenever you need an energy boost it will help you feel refreshed and ready for action. Wonderfully aromatic tulsi and citrusy lemongrass make it cut through the senses, and soften the harsher taste of green tea.
Still don’t like green tea ? Many people often try poor quality dusty tea in bags and typically over brew it making it bitter; The health benefits of green tea alone in our Energising Ritual blend cannot be ignored….our advice don’t steep too long and buy loose leaf good quality.
Not convinced about giving it a try ? Try in a superior organic tea blend with other ingredients like in our Energising Ritual Tea… Still not convinced? Here’s a closer look at just one ingredient in this blend ‘Organic Sencha Green Tea’ and its benefits.
Rich in antioxidants
Over the last few decades, green tea has been subjected to numerous scientific studies to establish the extent of its long-purported health benefits. Scientists believe that green teas health benefits are due to its polyphenols, which are natural plant compounds found in high levels in green and white tea that act as potent antioxidants. These chemicals neutralise free radicals in the body that are associated with the development of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.
There are a number of polyphenols found in tea with Catechins making up a majority of the pholypenols found in green tea.
Tea also contains alkaloids including caffeine, theobromine, and theophylline, that provide tea’s stimulant effects, and L-theanine, an amino acid compound found in green and white tea, that has been studied for its calming effects on the nervous system.
Because white and green teas are treated gently and not over processed, they retain most of their beneficial antioxidants found to have many health promoting properties.
Research shows that antioxidants found in green tea may help lower cholesterol levels and help protect against coronary heart disease and stroke. According to a Japanese study published in the JAMA, women who drank five or more cups of tea a day had a 31% reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, and a 42% lower risk of stroke.
Clinical studies have also linked green tea consumption to the prevention of a number of different types of cancer including breast, colon, lung, and stomach.
Drinking green tea has also been shown to help encourage weight loss by increasing metabolism and fat burning. According to International Journal of Obesity (2000), green teas thermogenic effect is due to the synergistic effect of its caffeine content and catechins, which boosts metabolism.
Tea catechins seem to have and anti-diabetic and anti-obesity action.
Green tea has also been found to have positive effect on liver health and may offer protection against liver disease.
Green tea consumption is also associated with better oral health. Researches discovered that polyphenols found in green tea can help protect against bacterial induced dental caries, bad breath and oral cancer.
Drinking green tea may also help improve your bone health by increasing bone mineral density.
Sencha green tea – natural tonic and a source of many powerful antioxidants and nutrients.
Tulsi – natural adaptogen, helps support the body’s healthy reactions to stress.
White ginseng – nature’s finest adaptogen and immune system booster.
Lemongrass – natural nervine, shows positive calming effects on the nervous system.