I 1st fell in love with green tea about 15 years ago on my 1st trip to China. While Starbucks and other coffee houses are common in most Chinese cities these days, back then it was actually quite difficult for a tourist to find any cup of coffee at all, much less one that didn't look and taste a lot like watered down brown tea.
So I drank a lot of green tea on that trip, and have been ever since! Fortunately, there are lots of great health benefits to drinking green tea, so my new found habit actually turned out to be a good one! The Chinese, of course, have been drinking green tea and using it medicinally to treat ailments from headaches to depression for 4000 years!
And just when you thought that Vitamin D was the miracle Nutrient, get this:
- Japanese researchers have found that drinking green tea reduces the risk of blood and lymph system cancers by 40%.
- Case Western University Researchers have concluded that drinking four or more cups of green tea per day could help prevent rheumatoid arthritis, or reduce symptoms in individuals already suffering from arthritis.
- The Journal of the National Cancer Institute recently found Reduced Risk of Esophageal Cancer Associated With Green Tea Consumption.
- And Scientists at The University of Wisconsin have seen positive benefits in prostate cancer prevention.
Furthermore, Green Tea consumption ...
- Improves skin clarity;
- Reduces cholesterol, blood pressure, and inflammation; and
- Aids in digestion
And that's what makes Green Tea So Special!
With regards to green tea, the specific catechin that makes it particularly beneficial is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).
Answers to this question will vary, but most scientists agree that 3 or more cups per day is the minimum you'll need to see benefit. On the upside, other than the normal side effects of too much caffeine, very little adverse effect to getting too much EGCG has been found.
EXCEPT FOR PREGNANT WOMEN, where intake should be restricted.
Another tip I learned from the Chinese nearly 20 years ago was that green tea can be infused many , many times. Add hot water to steep. Drink it down, then add more hot water to re-steep the same tea. Repeat as many times as you like. The flavor tapers off, of course, and each additional cup contains decreasing amounts of caffeine (and EGCG), but you can enjoy something hot to drink all day long without getting the jitters.