Apr 7, 2017
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What is the most consumed beverage in the world?
According to the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization,(UNFAO) the answer is “Water.”
The 2nd most consumed beverage is “Tea.” Not coffee you ask? Nope….not coffee!
The UNFAO finds more than 6 Billion cups of tea are consumed each day globally.
There are four main types of tea and about 1,500 varieties!
The 4 major types of tea are:
Green Tea is native to China and India, and has been used for centuries for it’s health benefits globally.
Tea is believed to have been discovered by Chinese Emperor Shennong in the year 2737, from folklore. Tea became a more popular way of life in China, during the 8th Century (between 600 & 800 BC). Tea was readily available during the “Tang” dynasty and became commercially in demand, due to traveling Buddhist Monks.
In India, tea had been drunk for medicinal purposes before the “Common Era,” but no formal records exist. During the 19th Century , a native variety of tea was formally discovered and commercially developed under British Rule.
Tea is made using the leaves of the “Camellia Sinensis” plant. The type of processing a tea leaf is subject to, defines the type of tea it is.
Let’s Take a Look at Green Tea
To make green tea, leaves are plucked and then they are what’s called “fixed.” That means they are exposed to heat by either steaming the leaves or pan-fired. Next, they are rolled and dried.
The leaves for Green Tea undergo minimal “withering,” thus they are not exposed to a lot of oxidation. Green leaves retain much of their green color and “grassy” taste.
Green tea contains “poly-fee-nols” (pholyphenols) like “flavonoids” & “catechins” which function as powerful anti- oxidants. One of the most powerful antioxidant in Green Tea is “Epigallocatechin,” (EGCG) which has been studied and may be one of main reasons Green Tea is acclaimed to have such high medicinal properties. ……. That means Green Tea is part of our “Pac Man” family…… which will assist your cells in destroying cancer growing cells!
Everyone should be Drinking Green Tea!
Green Tea also contains the amino acid called “L-Theanine”, which is known to produce “anti-anxiety” effects. It also is known to increase the production of “dopamine,” which is a neurotransmitter, one of those chemicals that is responsible for transmitting signals in between the nerve cells called neurons of the brain.. Dopamine is one of the “neurochemicals of happiness.”…… L-Theanine increases the production of “alpha waves” in the brain.
Alpha waves are present when your brain is “idling,” or like “daydreaming.” Alpha waves are also made when you are consciously practicing “mindfulness” or Meditating. Alpha waves can also be created when doing “Aerobic” exercise.
In other studies, Green Tea has shown to increase “fat burning” and “boost the metabolic” rate.
The “Catekin” (Catechin) compounds in Green Tea can have protective effects on the Neurons in your brain. Studies have been conducted with animals, that show potential in lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease & Parkinson’s Disease by drinking more Green Tea.
Nutritional Value of Green Tea
In order to feel better, lose weight and lower your risk of chronic diseases, then you might want to consider making green tea a regular part of your life.
Start out with one cup of Green Tea a day. After 2 weeks, add a 2nd cup to your day. You’ll begin to enjoy the benefits of Green Tea and look forward to drinking it as part of your long-term healthy lifestyle!
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