Did you know that coffee is not one of the highly consumed beverages worldwide? Who knew? According to the International Institute of Sustainable Development, tea is the second most loved drink globally, after water.
What is Green Tea?
Tea that reaches your kitchen is extracted from dried leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant. The level of processing determines tea type, caffeine level and nutritional value.
Camellia Sinensis plant is primarily cultivated in the Chinese and Indian sub-continent. China is known for its green & white teas, while India is popular for oolong & black tea.
Green tea is not fermented and is the least oxidised tea available apart from herbal tea. It is produced by steaming fresh leaves at high temperatures retaining important molecules polyphenols and flavonoids, a plant-based antioxidant chemical.
Why Choose Prime 5D Green Tea?
At Prime 5D, we ensure that the green tea we provide keeps the flavour intact and minimal oxidation happens during processing. At Prime 5D, we procure fresh green tea leaves, which are later heated, rolled and cut dried. We ensure to keep the catechins in green tea leaves intact during the process which ensures that the nutrition is kept intact. The green tea bags are made of superior-quality nylon specially procured from Japan.
Unsweetened brewed green tea has less than 3 calories per cup. It contains approximately 29 milligrams of caffeine per 8-ounce, while black tea has around 47 milligrams per cup and coffee about 95 milligrams per cup.
The amount of caffeine present in a cup varies according to the brewing techniques. Green tea also has the highest amount of antioxidants.
Several forms of Green tea:
Green tea is available in varied forms and types, such as:
- Single tea bag
- Loose leaf
- Instant powder
- Capsule form or liquid extracts as green tea supplements
- Artificially sweetened drink
Why should you have green tea daily?
Recent hype in the consumption of this superfood is due to numerous scientific studies highlighting its health benefits. Studies suggest that polyphenols and flavonoids present in green tea prevents inflammation and swelling, protects bone cartilage and lessens joint inflammation.. Consumption of green tea also improves skin health, aids weight loss and minimises the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Let’s deep dive into how Prime 5D green tea offers various health benefits:
- Promotes weight-loss & digestion:
Green tea is the key ingredient of any fat burning supplement. Several studies have found that catechins in green tea result in accelerated metabolism leading to weight loss. Increased metabolism also speeds up the digestion process and blood flow of the entire body, hence keeping digestive organs in check.
- Increases good cholesterol:
According to a 2011 review, consuming green tea beverages resulted in a modest reduction of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. As per American Heart Association (AHA) study, having green tea daily also lowers the risk of stroke.
- Improves brain function:
Include green tea in your diet and stop worrying about brain ageing. Green tea not only improves brain function but also protects your brain as you grow old. Green tea has been proven to improve different aspects of brain functions, including mood, vigilance, reaction time and memory.
Several studies show that catechin in green tea protects neurons preventing several neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
It has also been witnessed that green tea enhances the working memory and cognitive function of an individual, thus decreasing the risk of cognitive impairment.
- Lowers risk of cancer:
Caused due to the uncontrolled growth of cells, cancer is amongst the world’s leading causes of death.
Research has proven the power of antioxidants in minimising cancer risk. Oxidative damage leads to chronic inflammation resulting in chronic diseases, including cancers and antioxidants that help protect against oxidative damage.
Green tea compounds help reduce the risk of cancers such as:
However, to reap maximum benefit avoid adding milk to your green tea as it reduces its antioxidant value.
- Regulates & controls sugar levels:
We live in a diabetic world and green tea seems to be helping regulate the issue. Few studies suggest green tea lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes in people consuming it on a regular basis versus those who don’t.
Type 2 diabetes is caused due to elevated blood sugar levels involving insulin resistance or uneven insulin production in the body. Studies have proven that green tea may improve insulin sensitivity and reduce the blood sugar level of an individual.
- Keeps Heart Healthy:
Consuming a cup of green tea per day keeps your heart healthy. With a range of healthy compounds, green tea is more than just a hydrating drink.
Green tea contains epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) that prevents cell damage and formation of free radicals, thus protecting cellular & molecular damage.
According to a 2006 study, consumption of green tea results in reduced cardiovascular disease. It has been found that polyphenols in green tea lower blood pressure, decreases inflammation and improves epithelial function reducing heart disease risk.
How should you drink your green tea?
The number of cups per day depends upon an individual’s health. Presently, studies have not been able to determine the right amount. Usually, it is suggested to start your day with a steaming cup of green tea; if not, it should be included in your daily routine.
We at Prime 5D suggest that you pour freshly boiled water in a cup over the nylon tea bag, cover it and allow the nutrients to seep in for 3-4mins. Remove the infusion bag. 1 tsp of honey may be added and slowly sip the goodness of Prime 5D Green tea.
When should you not have green tea?
There are few known side effects of green tea.
However, take a note of the following risks and complications associated with green tea:
- Caffeine sensitivity: Individuals with caffeine sensitivity could experience insomnia, anxiety, irritability, nausea and upset stomach after drinking green tea.
- Liver damage: Consuming a high amount of green tea extract may harm liver health in rare cases.
- Other stimulants: Green tea consumption along with stimulant drugs may increase blood pressure and heart rate.
With numerous undiscovered benefits, green tea when added to your diet will impact your health positively. From improving heart health, skin, cardiovascular system to neuron function, green tea is most likely to make your life disease-free.
Enjoy a hot steaming cup of goodness with Prime 5D’s green tea today!