More Than Just a Tea
I have been interested in all of the posts on our blog regarding issues that are relevant to our lives as new college students. This is not to say that all of the posts are not interesting (which they are), I just enjoy the ones which I can relate to, especially the whole group discussion about sleep, coffee and tea! I therefore decided to do some research of my own on green tea, which I view as a cure-all. I discovered the magic of green tea two years ago when I heard somewhere that it is loaded with antioxidants, can reduce the risk of cancer and also raise your metabolism- while also providing you with a healthy energy boost from caffeine. I started drinking two cups a day, not really knowing that much about it, but it became my go-to source for extra energy, stress relief and just a delicious drink!
Even though I’ve been drinking green tea almost every day, I never actually looked up why it is so good for you. Today I found this article. It turns out that green tea is rich with catechin polyphenols. Polyphenols are also found in red wine, which has some of the same effects as green tea. One of the polyphenols found in green tea is epigallocatechin gallate which is an antioxidant with super powers which include: killing cancer cells, lowering cholesterol levels and preventing blood clots. Pretty impressive, right? Green tea has also been proven to help people burn more calories and prevent tooth decay. It also can have healthy effects on the skin- it’s even integrated into some Proactiv products!
The one problem that I discovered in my research was that in order to reap in all of the benefits of green tea, you must drink massive amounts every day. This article claims that the people who stayed cancer free for longer amounts of time drank ten cups a day. I was disappointed to realize that my one-to-two cup a day routine would not guarantee that I will be cancer free in my life. I will still continue to drink my green tea, and maybe someday when portable kettles are invented I will be able to work my way up to ten cups a day!
Do you have any special foods or drinks that make you feel good?