Green tea is arguably one of the most famous TEA out there, but how much do you know about what’s in your cup?
Green tea is touted to be one of the healthiest beverages on the planet.
Green tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant, just like all other nonherbal teas. Unlike black and oolong (wulong) teas, though, green tea is less processed, as it’s made using steam-dry methods. The delicate processing techniques are thought to be among the reasons why green tea is so rich in nutrients and antioxidants — all of which may lead to a range of health benefits. In fact, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), green tea has been used in Chinese and Japanese medicine practices for centuries.
While you’ve probably heard a lot of chatter about the benefits of green tea, the NCCIH points out that much of the evidence isn’t conclusive, and more studies are needed. New York City-based Megan Casper, RDN, owner of Megan Casper Nutrition, notes another key caveat: “Many studies of green tea use green tea extract, which can be much stronger than your average at-home brew.
There may be even more potential health benefits.
Here are 10 possible health benefits of green tea.
- Green Tea Packs a Nutritional Punch
- Green Tea Can Be Part of a Healthy Weight Loss Diet
- The Benefits of Green Tea Extend to Your Belly
- Green Tea May Help Reduce Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms
- Green Tea May Help Repair Damaged Skin and Protect Against Skin Cancer
- Green Tea Could Help Lower Blood Sugar Levels in People With Type 2 Diabetes
- Your Alertness and Brain Health May Improve by Drinking Green Tea
- Green Tea May Help Protect Against Certain Types of Cancer
- Drinking Green (and Black) Tea May Have a Protective Effect on the Heart
- Green Tea May Help Reduce Anxiety