Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world, trailing a close second to water. 78% of the tea consumed in all around the world is black while only 20% is green. All types of tea are brewed from the dried leaves of the Camellia sinensis bush. The different types of tea are determined by the levels of oxidation of the leaves. Green tea is one of the less processed leaves made from un-oxidized leaves. Because of this, it contains most of the antioxidants and helpful polyphenols. Antioxidants are substances that inhibit oxidation, the process that damages cell membranes and other structures in the body. When the oxygen is metabolised, it creates free radicals which steal electrons from other molecules causing damage. Drinking tea prevents oxidation to happen. Green tea, being filled with antioxidants, has become a popular drink all around the world. The following list shows the benefits that drinking green tea gives.
1. Healthier heart
Studies show that drinking green tea helps reduce the risks of suffering from heart disease. Drinking green tea improves the health of the cells lining the blood vessels and helps lower the risk of heart disease. The finding of several studies suggests that the powerful antioxidants in green tea called flavonoids may protect the heart. Green tea shares the trait of containing flavonoid to red grapes, red wine and dark chocolate. Green tea is also associated with lower cholesterol levels and lower rates of artery blockages. This is the first time that studies have concentrated on the effect of green tea to the improvement of the health of arteries.