Green Tea has long been recognised for its health enhancing properties. So what is Green Tea?
Green Tea is derived from the same tea bush, Camellia Sinensis, as black tea. It is simple processed differently and because Green Tea is unfermented it is light in colour and has a soothing, fresh taste.
Dilmah’s Green Tea range is 100% natural and with delicious Lemongrass and Lemon, Jasmine Petals and Moroccan Mint, Green Tea with pure peppermint. And there’s a Decaffeinated Green Tea too.
Because Dilmah Green Tea is all natural and delicate we recommend brewing it for 2 minutes for full flavour, aroma and elegance using fresh water that is just off the boil.
Antioxidants: Green Tea contains antioxidant polyphenols, especially epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) that help protect cells from harmful “free radicals” and actually suppress the growth of cancer cells it has been reported*.
Blood Pressure: Drinking Green tea represses angiotensin II (which leads to high blood pressure) and has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol. It also inhibits the abnormal formation of blood clots.
Blood Sugar: Green tea polyphenols and polysacchirides are effective in lowering blood sugar.
Caffeine: Green tea and Black tea contain the same amount of caffeine but the caffeine content in a cup of Green tea is 2.5% to 4% which is about a third of that in a cup of coffee. It is claimed that 80% of the caffeine in tea remains unabsorbed by the human body.
Cancer: * There have been many studies that have shown that Green Tea is effective in preventing cancer. The secret lies in the fact that it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant. Besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. Japanese scientists at the Saitama Cancer Research Insitute discovered that there were fewer recurrences of breast cancer and the disease spread less quickly in women with a history of drinking five or more cups of Green Tea daily.
“Gastric cancer, caused by a combination of Helicobacter pylori and salted foods, is lower in tea drinkers. Western nutritionally-linked cancers of the breast, colon, prostate and pancreas can be inhibited by tea. The formation of genotoxic carcinogens for these target organs during the cooking of meats, heterocyclic amines, and their effects were decreased by tea. Tea inhibited the formation of reactive oxygen species and radicals and induced cytochromes P450 1A1, 1A2 and 2B1, and glucuronosyl transferase. The higher formation of glucuronides represents an important mechanism in detoxification. The developmental aspects and growth of cancers through promotion are decreased by tea. The regular use of a widely available, tasty, inexpensive beverage, tea, has displayed valuable preventive properties in chronic human diseases”.
Extract from :Mechanisms of chronic disease causation by nutritional factors and tobacco products and their prevention by tea polyphenols. Weisburger JH, Chung FL. American Health Foundation, One Dana Road, Valhalla, NY 10595, USA. [The Journal of the British Industrial Biological Research Association, Food & Chemical Toxicology, 2002 Aug;40(8):1145-54. All rights acknowledged.
Weight Loss: Green Tea may stop some of the starches you take in from being absorbed as calories. Drinking Green Tea before, during or after a meal may also reduce the tendency for certain foods to act as slow-release sources of carbohydrates.
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