TEA HEALTH BENEFITS
HEALTH BENEFITS : GREEN TEA BENEFITS, WEIGHT LOSS TEA, CHINESE DIET TEA
The benefits of green tea is extensively researched in China and Japan. It has been shown to positively effect many systems in the body and to inhibit the progression of some diseases. It contains among the highest concentrations of minerals and antioxidants, which have proven to benefit the body. Our green tea is made certified OU Kosher, which helps you become healthy, all while following the rules of Kosher products. The following are some of the health benefits of tea.
ENHANCE YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Antioxidants are known to help slow degenerative diseases by helping to stop free radicals. Free radicals hurt the body by initiating chain reactions of electron scavenging that damage the body's cells. Polyphenols and flavinoids rank high in levels of antioxidant activity. Green tea is 30-40% polyphenols by weight. Many of tea's positive immune system effects are related to the high levels of polyphenols it contains.
It is estimated that the necessary daily intake of polyphenols is from 300-400 mg. This translates to about 4 cups of green tea each day. Green and white teas have the highest concentration of all types of polyphenols because they are minimally processed. Vitamin C, another well-known antioxidant, is also present in tea.
HELP PREVENT CANCER
The National Cancer Center Research Institute in Tokyo suggests that "Drinking tea may be one of the most practical methods of cancer prevention available at present".*
Green tea has been shown to lower the occurrence of all types of cancers, with more significant decreases in digestive and urinary tract cancers. In animal studies, green tea applied topically was repeatedly shown to protect the skin against cancerous changes and slow the progression of skin cancer. Research has shown tea to be helpful in inhibiting esophageal, stomach, colon, rectal, liver, pancreatic, bladder, breast, and lung cancers. Tea has also been shown to benefit white blood cells during chemotherapy treatment.
*Mitscher, L. A. & Dolby, V. (1998). The Green Tea Book. Garden City Park, NY: Avery Publishing Group.
HELP YOUR HEART
For some individuals, simply limiting their intake of cholesterol does not always significantly lower their blood cholesterol level. Green tea has been shown to help decrease cholesterol. Pu-erhtea has been shown to help enhance fat metabolism. Both green and Pu-erh teas seem to bond to the cholesterol, retarding absorption as it goes through the digestive tract. This means the body does not absorb the fat even though it was eaten. Although there are not as many studies specifically on Pu-erh tea, the one's that have been done have shown marked reductions in cholesterol. Pu-erh tea seems to outperform green tea in this category, and as more testing is done we will discover why these aged teas have such wonderful benefits.
Green tea also acts as a blood thinner and helps prevent unhealthy clotting. It has also been shown to be relaxing to the blood vessels. This translates to a decrease in fatal heart disease and stroke.
LOOK MA, NO CAVITIES
Tea contains fluoride and other minerals. It is a good cavity fighter and helps maintain hard teeth. In addition, the polyphenols of tea exhibit anti-plaque properties that can help fight bacteria in the mouth. Children can drink one cup of green tea a day to aid in reducing cavities. Rinsing with green tea after meals is cleansing and refreshing.
TEA AS A WEIGHT LOSS AIDE
Tea has been used as an aid for weight loss. Drinking a cup of tea with each meal is a protocol for using tea successfully as a metabolic stimulant. Tea by itself carries only 4 calories per serving, and it's most healthy when consumed with nothing added. The caffeine in tea increases body function to help burn more calories and the polyphenols seem to aid in the digestion of fat, truly making it a Chinese diet tea.. Pu-erh and Oolong teas have received the most attention regarding weight loss, but all types of tea offer a low calorie alternative to commercial beverages.