How good is green tea really?

Updated: Jan 21

Green tea is one drink that I would never put on my top list. I can count on my hands how many times I’ve ordered green tea from any restaurant


There are so many other drinks out there that are healthy and have more benefits. Aren’t there? Well, think again because there is more to this simple tea. According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the polyphenols from green tea leaves have antioxidant, anti-inflammation, anticancer, anti-cardiovascular, antimicrobial, antihyperglycemic, and antiobesity properties. They have been reported to provide positive effects on the


Recent reports demonstrate that green tea may exert a positive effect on the reduction of medical chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and diabetes. The health benefits of green teas, in particular EGCG, are widely investigated, and these effects are known to be primarily associated with the structure and compositions of its polyphenols. This Review focuses on the diverse constituents of green tea polyphenols and their molecular mechanisms from the perspective of their potential therapeutic function. Recent advances of green tea polyphenols on their bioavailability, bioaccessibility, and microbiota were also summarized in this article. Dietary supplementation with green tea represents an attractive alternative toward promoting human health.


One of the most interesting finds that I found was in a study analyzing coffee and tea. To limit distractions, we will stay focused on the green tea side of things. A 5 year research study followed almost five-thousand participants which was found to have dose-responses for each of the drinks.


“Drinking one cup of green tea every day was associated with a 15% lower mortality risk compared with those who drank no green tea, having two to three cups daily was associated with 27% reduction, and drinking four or more cups was associated with a 40% drop in risk (P=0.001 for trend).”


This alone made me go right to the kitchen to make some. As fascinating it is, some people might not want to drink a few cups due to the taste. Let me assure you there are ways around this because the benefits definitely outweigh the risk.


If green tea isn’t for you, then try making it and then adding it to a citrus drink or simply adding lemon slices. A half dollop of honey would not get any complainers either.


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