The habit of drinking green tea started off as a cultural niche lifestyle around the 1980s as a healthy habit that was pursued by those interested in health wellness. Green tea is similar to black tea with the difference being in the curing of the tea leaves as black tea is cured for a longer period of time. Both green and black tea comes from a shrub called Camellia Sinensis. Similar to the founding of coffee, tea was accidentally discovered in China through the brewing of leaves from the Camellia Sinensis bush. Green tea has a similar amount of caffeine as black tea but lesser than that found in coffee.
There are myths and realities surrounding the drinking of green with those in the habit of drinking green tea vouching for numerous benefits of which some could be true whereas others have yet to be validated fully.
Green tea does have values that help in the loosing of weight but not immediately as it is a gradual and slow process. Green tea helps to stabilize metabolism but it is a reinforcer of weight loss, not the main contributor. The main contributors to weight loss are still regular exercise and a proper diet. Just solely drinking green tea without watching one’s diet and not doing any exercise will not help one to lose weight.
Green tea helps in the prevention of cancer just like other teas but green teas possess special properties which qualify it as having powers in cancer prevention. A regular and moderate intake of green take has found to be effective in preventing the effects of cancer. The special properties of green tea are chemicals called catechin and Kaempferol that prevents the secretion of enzymes important for the development of cancer cells. However, the drinking of too much tea has limitations as it could cause throat cancer. Black tea similar to green tea contains the antioxidants Quercetin and Theaflavins indicating that both green tea and black tea have its own set of medicinal properties.
The fact that green tea causes dehydration is a half-truth. First of all, green tea, similar to black tea and coffee contains caffeine which could cause dehydration. Secondly, the concentration of caffeine is too low to cause dehydration. There has to be a large consumption of concentrated green tea for dehydration to take place. Thus, although it is possible for green tea to cause dehydration because of caffeine but in reality, it does not happen. Green tea has been recommended by researchers as better than water as green tea contains antioxidants.
The many benefits of green tea related to weight loss, beauty and increase in energy levels have encouraged the consumption of green tea in large amounts. This is a myth as moderation is the key to enjoying the benefits of green tea. As green tea contains chemicals such as caffeine and polyphenols, it is recommended that green tea is consumed moderately. An excessive consumption of caffeine can cause tremors whereas excessive consumption of polyphenols causes indigestion. Additionally, if the tea leaves are not organic leaves they could contain a high level of chemicals from pesticides and fertilizers which could cause further health implications.
Similar to the consumption of all drinks, the consumption of green tea has to be in moderation despite its health benefits in reducing weight and prevention of cancer. Although both black and green tea come from the same bush, they both contain different chemical ingredients. It will be best if a combination of green tea and black tea is taken in moderation to enjoy maximum benefits from both drinks.
Gentle reminder: The information on this article is not meant to replace a qualified healthcare professional and should not be considered as professional advice. Please seek appropriate medical help when necessary.