GREEN tea: Properties and benefits!
Japan enjoys the fourth highest rate of life expectancy around the world, in 2006 was 81,2 years, and I would say that if you lived in health are not absolutely evil!
The countries of the United States and China are not even in the top 10.
There will never be some magic potion or one of their concoctions, weird to help promote this longevity?
Well one thing I can say with certainty, the japanese usually don't drink coffee!
They, however, consume green tea throughout the day, there will be some correlation?
Of course the reasons are many and relate mainly to their power in general, but certainly one of the characteristics that distinguishes their eating habits figure definitely green tea!
In China, the green Tea is consumed by 3,000 years A. C.
Already in those times, green tea was used for medicinal purposes, not only for its stimulant properties, but also because it helped to prevent and relieve many disorders.
Today in traditional chinese medicine, medicine is virtually unknown, it is used for many reasons, to mitigate the headaches, eliminate the toxins to prolong the youth and eliminate the excess fat.
With this small introduction, as a good Italian I do not claim absolutely that green tea can replace a good cup of coffee after lunch, in the afternoon, at work or among friends at the bar.
In this article I will simply invite you to use it sporadically, to try to consider it as a possible alternative beverage to drink hot or cold, also because a lot of good reasons there would be, and I will make it known.
Green tea is a tea not oxidized, is derived, i.e. a preparation that does not include the natural oxidation process of the leaves.
There are two main methods of packaging of green tea: the chinese method, which provides that the leaves are freshly picked they are left to dry inside of the bowls, heated on the stove to a temperature of 100°C, and the japanese method, which requires the leaves to be heated steam in a special tub.
This allows the leaves become supple and malleable and therefore easy to roll up. This operation is made repeatedly until a drying final.
The leaves are then selected and divided into different categories on the basis of color, aroma, and appearance.
Green tea is the subject of several years of several research and scientific studies in order to discover the virtue and therapeutic properties.
The interest in this special beverage was born from the observation that the chinese and japanese, large consumers of green tea, had a low incidence of tumour diseases.
To this it is seen that it really is also linked to the longevity typical of these populations.
After the interest generated by these data and the studies that followed, it was discovered that this low incidence and the high longevity stemmed from the power of some of its components including phenolic compounds, methylxanthines and triterpenoid saponins.
The most important is the epigallocatechin, a polyphenol capable of protecting cells from mutations caused by environmental poisons and harmful chemicals present in the atmosphere, or by the free radicals.
The terms most difficult to pronounce and to remember, we simplify everything and let us simply recall that the green tea contains polyphenols with the action actually miraculous on the cells as well as antioxidants against free radicals.
The antioxidants provide support for the immune systems and cardiovascular systems and are prized in general for their beneficial effects.
The catechins (EGCG) have been studied in the last decades for their potential ability to:
• Support the immune system
• Fight the signs of aging (aging)
• Support healthy digestion
• Maintain the brain and the liver
• Contribute to the health of the gums
• To neutralize the effects of fats and oils harmful
• Inhibit bacteria and viruses
Let's examine the benefits in more detail.
The results of the studies carried out show that green tea not only exerts a preventive action on malignant tumors but also inhibits the development of cancer already in stage of evolution.
The regular intake of green tea helps to prevent cancer of the esophagus, stomach, intestine, liver, lung, prostate and breast cancer.
For many years researchers have wondered why, despite a high-fat diet, the French had an incidence of heart disease than that of americans.
The answer was found in red wine and in particular in the polyphenol contained in it, that same content also in the green tea in excess, its beneficial properties, improve blood circulation, preventing heart attacks, atherosclerosis, stroke and many other cardiovascular diseases.
One of the causes of heart attack is the accumulation of sclerotiche plates in the arteries.
They are to be found especially in individuals who take nicotine, that have high blood pressure and a diet rich in fat.
The most dangerous ones are those made from cholesterol, a substance found in animal fats and taken with food.
A diet rich in fat promotes the buildup of these plaques and of arteriosclerosis.
The sclerotiche plates impede the flow of blood and weaken the arteries, limiting the flow of oxygen to the heart muscle and the brain.
The regular intake of tea is a fair amount of green tea a day it inhibits the formation, preventing damage to arteries and improving blood pressure and regulating the blood pressure.
The regular intake of green tea inhibits the development of rheumatoid arthritis.
In fact, it seems that both prevented the migration of dangerous inflammatory cells to the joints which cause damage to nature reumatoride.
It has been found that can inhibit the deterioration of cartilage.
In China and India, the prevalence of this disease is very low compared to the West.
Green tea can be a simple and inexpensive means of preventing diabetes and its complications, including cataract.
Green tea is indeed acting in a beneficial effect on glucose metabolism that in turn affects other biochemical processes that accelerate the complications of diabetes.
Its intake results in a beneficial effect on the digestive organs.
The tannins soothe the mucous membranes of the stomach and intestines.
This benefits those who suffer from diseases of nervous origin and inflammatory in the gastrointestinal tract.
Excellent natural remedy in case of diarrhea because of the calming effect combines the antibacterial.
Useful in cases of salmonella, its action mitigates the excess acid present in the stomach as well as the bitter substances contained in it, regulate bile flow and help to resolve digestive problems.
As a drink alkaline neutralizes and combats hyperacidity of the stomach. Its function is, therefore, important for the correction of unhealthy eating habits.
A research shows that green tea is an effective antibacterial.
Take antibiotics by drinking green tea triple their effectiveness in combating the bacteria that have developed resistance to the drug.
The properties of the drink make the bacteria more sensitive to the 20% to antibiotics to which they have developed resistance.
Drink it regularly helps to ward off diseases typical of old age such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
In tea leaves there are some components that can protect the brain cells from the typical damages of neurovegetative diseases such as senile dementia.
The tea, drunk regularly, can improve memory because it stimulates the mental faculties without excite, allows you to maintain the right level of attention to longer-lasting, without creating imbalances within the body.
Also the tein is present in the green tea does not disturb the stomach because it is absorbed by the intestine and not the stomach, in contrast to that contained in the coffee is absorbed directly from the stomach.
The water-soluble vitamins and not tremolabili present in tea are the B1, B2 and B3, stimulate the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats that is the cause of the fat.
More specifically, B1 helps in case of stress, tiredness and depression, the B2 is a dispenser of energy and the B3 it regulates the water balance of the skin.
For this reason, the drink is increasingly used as an aid to weight reduction in the diet.
These substances contained in the tea would be in fact able to stimulate the basal metabolism and the lipolysis by increasing kidney function and thus the diuresis.
Drinking green tea helps to reduce swelling thanks to the draining action and anti-cellulite.
Green tea also helps to regulate the intestinal bacterial flora, improving the functions and the polyphenols help to reduce the rise of glucose and insulin in the blood due to the ingestion of starches.
The other vitamin present in tea in large quantity is vitamin C, which is not only a strong antioxidant but it also stimulates the immune system.
It also contained a good percentage of mineral Salts which are useful to strengthen the immune system, the metabolism of sugars and fats and the prevention of osteoporosis.