Green tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant and can be made into a beverage or extract. Green tea is made from the same plant as regular black tea, but the way that leaves are processed is what gives the green tea variety in medicinal edge. Green tea is exposed to minimal oxygen after harvesting which means it is rich in catechins (some of the most powerful and beneficial antioxidants), which is important destroyer of free-radicals in the body. The same free radicals are major contributors to many different disease as well as aging process, so drinking green tea can help in prevention of developing some major diseases.
Similar to coffee, a large number of studies have reviewed links between tea and health. Tea has been associated with a lower risk of depression. Green tea contains caffeine; however it also contains another extremely important substance called L-Theanine. L-Theanine is an amino acid found in black, white and green teas. L-Theanine works together with caffeine to improve mood in such a way that person does not get the same crash effect. Green tea contains psychoactive properties as it is able to cross the blood-brain barrier and is been shown to decrease stress while at the same time increase dopamine and the brain inhibitory transmitter GABA.
People with high anxiety disorder have experienced increased attention and improved reaction time 15-60 minutes after drinking green tea.
Studies have found that green tea and black tea can reduce other cardiovascular risk factors and lower blood pressure. At the same time, green tea contains antioxidants which are necessary for cell renewal. Some researchers claimed that green tea may help in weight management.
Green tea is rich in polyphenolic compounds such as flavonoids which have strong anti-depressant effects. Drinking green tea has shown to increase dopamine and serotonin levels. If a person has lower dopamine and serotonin levels, he or she will more likely suffer from depression.
One study in Japan has shown that drinking at least two cups of green tea a day is associated with decreased risk in cognitive impairment, and may decrease risk in developing dementia, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
Green tea has been linked with lower overall level of psychological distress and can help fight symptoms of depression. It is suggested not to be consumed in excess of five cups a day due to its caffeine content.
You will need:
-1 cup of boiling water
-1 green tea bag
First thing in the morning, with your breakfast, steep a cup of hot, fresh, green tea. Drink the whole thing.