Chinese green tea is probably one of those rare herbs that has managed to impress mankind throughout history!
Dating back to more than 4,000 years, it was believed to have been first used by Chinese Emperor Shen Nung and since then has been reputed to be the one-stop-cure for anything ranging from dire diseases to mere constipation and headaches. Extensive medical research has simply added to its popularity making it the elixir of good health and prolonged lifespan.
Most of us are aware of the many traditional benefits of green tea. Given that it has very little caffeine the beverage stimulates the heart and blood flow through the vessels. This in turn fuels mental clarity. Green tea also contains an antioxidant called polyphenols in abundance that combats free radicals giving the drinker great immunity, bright eyes and great looking skin.
While these were some known benefits of green tea, recent and current medical research has unearthed unknown yet promising findings that will surprise all the green tea aficionadas!
Green tea’s most significant benefit is that it helps lower the mortality rates for stomach cancer, courtesy its main ingredients tannin and catechin. Other research on cancer prevention states that green tea contains a special compound that may actually inhibit the growth of cancer cells in your body. No wonder cancer rates are significantly lower in Japan where both men and women drink the golden liquid in copious amounts.
Arthritis and diabetes
Another unknown health benefit of green tea is that it soothes the painful symptoms in arthritis patients. Green tea ingredients act as an agent that minimizes inflation reducing the discomfort for those affected with debilitating disease. Green tea is also recommended to diabetic patients because it has the capacity of lowering blood sugar.
Green tea also helps in battling gum problems. A study conducted in 2009 found people who drank green tea on a regular basis had healthier gums than those who skimped on the drink. So try green tea to reduce your chances of periodontal diseases and tooth erosion.
Having a stomach ache? Try green tea instead of antacid. The popular beverage has the ability to kill bacteria that causes food poisoning and diarrhea. In fact some studies have also established that the anti viral capability of green tea catechin may also confer some beneficial effect on the AIDS virus.
Finally, green tea’s advantages are not limited to consumption. A good soak in green tea has been successful as a treatment for athlete’s foot and bedsores. Additionally, skin disease can be prevented or healed by using a green tea bath. So go ahead and indulge yourself in some green delight.