Green tea is widely recognized as a natural beverage with many health benefits. As a purveyor of tea, we highly agree. What is it that makes green tea so good for you? A rich supply of vitamins and minerals are just a couple of the health benefits from drinking green tea.
Vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats, and proteins make up the five primary essential types of nutrients used by the human body. Although vitamins are essential, your body usually does not produce enough of them or even worse, it does not produce them at all. Therefore, vitamins must be acquired through food and/or beverages like fruits, vegetables and tea. Green tea is proven to be a good source of vitamins A, C, E and many of the B vitamins.
There are 13 essential types of vitamins: A, C, D, E, K and B vitamins (Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), Pantothenic acid (B5), Biotin (B7) Folate (B9), Pyroxidine (B6), Cobalamin (B12). Vitamins are classified as either water or fat soluble. Water soluble vitamins must be replenished frequently because they are not easily stored in cells. Fat soluble vitamins can be stored and consumed as needed. A deficiency in even one of these 13 vitamins can result in a multitude of symptoms and problems. Be careful when taking fat soluble supplements like vitamins A, D and E. Too much can be harmful and reach toxic levels in our bodies. A well balanced diet with green tea is nearly impossible to reach levels of toxicity in normal healthy adults.
Green tea is known for having more vitamins in higher concentrations than many foods. This fact alone should make green tea your beverage of choice. Regularly drinking green tea is an easy way to supplement some of the vitamins and minerals in your diet.
Minerals play an important role as bodily regulators. Tea contains around 5-7% minerals, mainly potassium (K), calcium (Ca), phosphorus (P), and magnesium (Mg), as well as small quantities of manganese (Mn), zinc (Zn) and copper (Cu).
Catechins are a type of phenolic compounds found in tea, cocoa and berries with potent antioxidant effects. The primary active catechin found in green tea is Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). Catechins are believed to have the following health benefits.
- Decreases blood cholesterol
- Cancer prevention
- Tooth decay prevention, antibacterial effect
- Anti-influenza effect
- Inhibits high blood pressure
- Anti-hyperglycemic effect
- Bad breath prevention (deodorizing effect)
We all know the stimulating effects of caffeine. When used in moderation, caffeine can be quite beneficial. Green tea releases small amounts gradually which is much safer and useful for general wellness. Other benefits of caffeine include the following.
- Increases alertness (decreases tiredness and drowsiness)
- Increases stamina
- Hangover prevention
- Mild diuretic
Theanine has tremendous medicinal potential. Theanine has been studied for its potential ability to reduce mental and physical stress, improve cognition, and boost mood and cognitive performance in a synergistic manner with caffeine.
Make tea your beverage of choice this year!
Tea is a great alternative for people sensitive to the caffeine jolt from stimulants
such as coffee. Due to the L-theanine and its effect on alpha waves in the brain, it is also a great choice for people who need to concentrate for long periods. You feel relaxed, focused and don't get the excessively wired feeling that coffee tends to produce.
Not all teas are created equal. Processing from the leaves, altitude and climate conditions all have a major impact on their beneficial health properties. Generally speaking, black tea contains more caffeine than green tea, and green tea is higher in many of the catechins discussed previously.
Looking for a black tea with health benefits? Mim Estate Black tea is a great choice! Grown at elevations up to 7000 ft, Mim Estate Black tea
is loaded with antioxidants which is a perfect choice for black tea drinkers. Without a doubt, White Eagle Long Life
is our highest rated green tea and our top pick for exceptional green tea
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