This powerful beverage reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer, lowers cholesterol, improves mood, and is a great substitute for morning coffee. It is best to drink it freshly prepared
Winter is the perfect time to start “therapy” with teas and tinctures to detoxify the body, which you can drink until spring, in order for the body to absorb the herbs and start to work.
Green tea, which is made from the same plant as black, has a significant effect on detoxifying the body. They differ primarily because of the specific climatic conditions in the individual areas where the plant grows and the length of the fermentation of the leaves. For green tea, fermentation is not allowed, and only the previously fermented leaves are used for the production of black tea.
To date, scientists have discovered more than 300 components of green tea, some of which have very medicinal properties, and are often recommended as a tea to help prevent a range of health problems. Since green tea is full of antioxidants, it boosts your immune system. Among other things, it has been noted that in countries where green tea is primarily drunk, there are fewer heart diseases and fewer cancers, and the impact of the compounds it contains in preventing these problems has long been explored.
Some studies have shown that it can also be useful in preventing type 2 diabetes and lowering blood sugar. Of course, not only does green tea help, but it also helps healthy eating and regular exercise, but the tea seems to help achieve the desired sugar values.
Also, there are studies that suggest that green tea lowers cholesterol, unlike coffee, which raises cholesterol levels. Green tea prevents LDL (bad cholesterol) from accumulating in your arteries, which reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke.
And when it comes to skin, green tea is believed to improve the body’s natural resistance to UV rays. In addition, it has anti-inflammatory properties, helps to soothe sensitive skin, protecting it from further irritation.
Due to its high content of polyphenols, it is thought to help prevent caries and to destroy bacteria that cause bad breath, so green tea extract is nowadays a common ingredient in toothpaste. There are also studies showing that two cups of green tea a day elevates mood, that is, causes depression.
It is a misconception that green tea can promote fat burning. There is no more serious scientific evidence for this, but that does not mean that it is not useful. It will stimulate detoxification of the body, which is also important when fighting excess – says nutritionist Sandra Maric Bulat.
There is scientific evidence that green tea, especially its subspecies – matcha green tea – which comes into the market in powder, has an effect on free radicals in the body and protects against many diseases, including some cancers. It has also been shown to accelerate metabolism and thus facilitate weight loss.
A study published back in 1999 found that a cup of green tea a day can boost metabolism by up to 35 percent, while a cup of tea before training increases calorie burn by 25 percent. Such a result is attributed to the high amount of green tea thein contains.
It is best to drink it freshly prepared
Green tea, like most teas, should not be prepared with boiling water but with water heated to 60-70 ° C, shortly before boiling. You will benefit the most from green tea if you drink freshly brewed tea, which is between three and five minutes apart. It is also good to mix to release more catechins, the active ingredients of tea.
Adding milk is better avoided because studies show that it stops the beneficial effect of catechins from green tea. It is better to drink it with a little lemon because large amounts of tea can stop the absorption of iron from fruits and vegetables, and vitamin C prevents this.
3 – 5 minutes
You will benefit most from green tea if you drink freshly brewed tea between three and five minutes
60 – 70 degrees
Do not prepare green tea with boiling water but in water which is heated to 60-70 ° C
It is useful to drink with training because it speeds up recovery and reduces stress
Green tea is rich in antioxidants, which have anti-inflammatory properties, making it ideal for pre- and post-workout training to prevent muscle damage and reduce inflammation. It helps keep you hydrated, which is important for training and recovery. You can drink it warm and cold. In addition, a cup will relax you daily and help reduce stress by the action of the antioxidants present in tea.
Green tea is also good to drink as an ice tea
Teas generally play multiple roles: they promote central nervous and respiratory activity and metabolism in all cells. Green tea is best brewed fresh, but you can also prepare it as an iced tea by keeping it in the fridge, and you can add spices or fruits for a refreshing taste.
Known as the Chinese emperor’s favorite beverage
Exact information about the origin of tea is lost in ancient history, but there is a legend that it was discovered by Chinese Emperor Shen Nung around 2750 BC and made it his favorite beverage.
It was the Chinese who noticed that by growing tea plants in different regions they could get different flavors of tea and by perfecting different methods of production from the same plant, they came up with three types of tea, one of the green and the other two oolongs and black. Greens are mostly drunk in Japan, China, North Africa, and the Middle East, while black tea is more commonly drunk in the rest of the world.
‘Fighter’ against cancer, forgetting and skin inflammation
The American Cancer Research Institute has conducted about 50 studies that confirm that drinking matcha powder is associated with a reduced risk of breast, ovarian and colon cancer, especially if tea is consumed with food. Tea also increases the activity of enzymes and detoxification processes in the small intestine, liver, and lungs and stops the action of the enzyme that nourishes cancerous cells in the body.
Studies also suggest that it is useful for preventing cognitive loss and memory enhancement. It can also be used in baths or face cleansers as it has proven effective against acne and various inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis. For a bath, add a cup of bitter salt, three tablespoons of matcha powder in a hot water bath, stir and enjoy for about 20 minutes.
A good substitute for morning coffee
Green tea is a great substitute for morning coffee because it is proven to increase psychophysical energy, which is mainly responsible for polyphenols, says nutritionist Sandra Maric Bulat. In addition, after tea, you will not experience a surge of energy, which is already falling for about 11 hours but keeps you active for longer. However, as with coffee, it is not recommended to drink more than two to three cups of green tea a day. And especially avoid it at bedtime as it contains a high content of caffeine. Pregnant and lactating women should avoid it.
A cup of tea contains about 50-100 mg of caffeine and 300-400 mg of polyphenols, which have antioxidant effects
Green tea with ginger to cleanse the body
In the prepared green tea, while still warm, grate some ginger and let stand. To release compounds that promote the cleansing of the body. Tea prepared in this way can be brewed and chilled. You can sweeten it with some honey.
For a refreshing drink
You need four bags of green tea, half a cup of cranberry juice, three cups of cold mineral water, if desired. Some honey and water if your tea taste is too strong. Boil the green tea in two cups of boiling water and cool, then add the juice and mineral water.
Against depression and anxiety
Get green tea and jasmine tea in bulk and combine it as desired. The aroma of jasmine and the compounds released by this tea will act as a sedative and soothe you. Lavender or chamomile flower has the same effect, so you can add a pinch of dried lavender to your kettle.
Add a few teaspoons of mint, which has a positive effect on digestion. To the hot water kettle to which you added the green tea leaves, and let it stand for three to five minutes.