The Green Tea Diet
The Fountain of Youth, delaying Alzheimer’s disease,
fighting the flu, and helping with weight loss are all some of the claimed
benefits of the Green Tea Diet.
The Green Tea Diet has been around for thousands of years in China. There
are many people who have heard about the Green Tea Diet but don’t
know much about it.
How the Diet Works
Incorporating just 3 to 4 cups of green tea daily into a balanced healthy
diet of your choice along with regular daily exercise can add numerous
medical benefits. There is no “green tea diet” per se. Just
add green tea as the beverage choice for each meal.
It is best to drink the tea when it is freshly brewed. This helps to
preserve all the antioxidants and nutritional value of the tea. The bottled
variety of green tea gives you very little of its natural healing properties.
Also, black tea is not the same as green tea. Even though it comes from
the same plant, black tea is processed differently so it loses almost
all of its healthful attributes.
Benefits of The Green Tea Diet
The healthy benefits of the Green Tea Diet are enormous. Not only does
the green tea taste good, but it’s good for our bodies.
- Green tea helps to reduce the incidences of colon, bladder, esophageal,
pancreas, rectal and stomach cancer by up to 60%. The antioxidant epigallocatechin
gallate in green tea is very effective in fighting these forms of cancers.
- Green tea helps to lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase the ratio
of good cholesterol (HDL).
- Green tea helps to stop the development of blood clots which lead
to strokes and heart attacks.
- Green tea helps to reduce high blood pressure.
- Green tea helps to lower blood sugar levels and prevents Type 2 diabetes.
- Green tea helps to protect the liver against toxins.
- Green tea helps to promote oral health by destroying the bacteria
that forms plaque.
- Green tea helps destroys free radicals.
- Green tea helps to boost the immune system.
- Green tea has antibacterial and antiviral properties.
- Green tea helps to maintain a healthy fluid balance which helps to
relieve stress and fatigue.
- Green tea helps to stimulate your metabolism which helps with weight
Green tea does have some side effects but most come from the caffeine.
One 6 oz. cup of green tea contains approximately 30 mg. of caffeine.
People who are caffeine sensitive should take green tea supplements instead
of brewing their own tea.
More than 6 cups of green tea daily can cause sleeplessness, irregular
heart beat, diarrhea, vomiting, dizziness, headaches, and loss of appetite.
People with heart conditions, anxiety, panic attacks, kidney disease
and sensitive stomachs should be cautioned about ingesting green tea.
For people who want the benefits of green tea but don’t like the
taste, green tea supplements are available. The dietary supplements normally
come in 500 mg capsules which are to be taken two to three times daily.
Green tea has many properties than can help to enhance the quality of
life for most people. Besides the normal cancer fighting, protector of
the liver, destroyer of the free radicals properties that green tea possess,
it also tastes delicious! So drink green tea for your health, for your
liver and for your body.