Green Tea has been around for thousands of years but is only recently being hailed as an essential ingredient as part of a healthy lifestyle. Long known for its anti-oxidant qualities, a number of studies have attributed green tea to having a beneficial effect on numerous parts of the body and with having both curative and preventive characteristics.
Studies have been done that have linked green tea consumption to the following:
Improving Cholesterol Levels (HDL v. LDL)
Improving Heart Health and Preventing Adverse ClottingImproving Immune Function and Combating Infection
Improving both Oral and Skin Health
Some studies have also investigated the effects on green tea with regard to cancer treatment with varying results.
But the most recent and widely hailed effect of green tea is with regard to weight loss. Because green tea contains what are known as polyphenols, it will increase a person’s metabolism. Tea also increases thermogenesis which is the body’s way of burning fat. All of these benefits are achieved without the stimulants of many diet products which can cause jitters, mood swings and irritability. Several of these stimulants have recently been banned by the FDA such as Ephedra.
Green tea is available in numerous forms including powder, extract and pill form.
It has been our experience that the pill or caplet form are the most popular as dosage can be better regulated without needing to actually brew and consume the recommended 3 to 4 eight ounce cups of tea per day. Tea extract in liquid form has also become a popular seller as drops of the extract can be added to any drink.