Green Tea Why Drink It?

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Every medicine is the only medicine for a specific disease, but tea is the medicine for all causes – Chen Zang

Green Tea has had no shortage of good press in recent years. Anyone with the slightest interest in Fitness/Nutrition will have heard some of the good stuff that Green Tea has to offer. It has been touted as a Miracle Fat burner, and hyped for its calming effect thanks to its L-Theanine content.

One thing that I figured out with Green Tea a while back is that Quality Matters. I had been drinking the standard “Tea Bag” stuff for years and truth be told I never really noticed the benefits, nevertheless I continued to drink the stuff thinking it was doing me a world of good…..

Road to Enlightenment

One Saturday afternoon while visiting my local organic food store I ran into a Japanese man promoting his brand of Green Tea. He was presenting small cups of Green Tea for customers to try out. What struck me about the tea was the color; instead of the foggy yellow/green color of the bags I would buy and steep myself the green tea had a beautiful vibrant green color to it, so bright in fact it almost looked unnatural. Next was the taste it tasted totally different to any tea I had ever tasted. In spite of it being so delicate in flavor it was actually enjoyable and had depth to its taste, something I could see myself looking forward to drinking rather than chugging down for the health benefits.

I spoke to the gentleman for a while and asked him various questions on Green Tea and he let me in on a few great tips when it comes to picking your green tea…..

- Always buy loose, Green Tea needs space to open up and release its goodness and flavor.

- Never use boiling water, tip the water between cups a few times before putting it onto the tea leaves.

- Good Green Tea leaves can be eaten and they will have a tasty complex flavor and texture.

- Bad Green Tea Leaves will taste bitter and leave water murky and pungent tasting.

- To gain the full benefits steep the green tea leaves several times. This allows for a full release of the anti-oxidants.

- After Steeping and drinking, the left over leaves can be used to add to salad’s or eaten for the health benefits.

So after years of messing around with green tea I finally started to know what I was looking for, I bought a small pit of his loose leaf green tea which is Japanese and supposedly comes from the highest quality manufacturers in Japan who treat there tea leaves with care to ensure they retain vitality.

What I Noticed

Over the next few days I started steeping a pot/cup of green tea and recycling the leaves for several brews. I would drink this throughout the afternoon. Otherwise I would try and sneak in a few cups before work. The first effect was the level to which the stuff heated up my body I felt pretty warm and induced a calm relaxed feeling of well-being which I can only say I have gotten from having a good brew of fresh Yerba Mate. I can only put this down to the thermogenic effect of the Green Tea plus the Theanine which acts to calm the mind, an awesome combination.

The next main benefit I noticed was how much it ramped up my appetite, it would literally feel like my body was chewing up food. For some this is not a benefit but I personally like to feel hungry so long as I’m not starved. It shows me that digestion is robust and my body is functioning well. This is probably thanks to the metabolic boosting effects of the EGCG in the tea…..

Lastly I have actually really started to “crave” green tea. When you drink the good stuff and brew it correctly the taste is amazing, in spite of it being so plain its extremely tasty to drink and blows away the bitter old tea bags I used to drink. Plus I have been using the old tea leaves to throw over salads. So apart from my morning coffee, quality green tea has definitely become a staple in my diet. Green Tea when brewed correctly should have flavor full of depth and variety.

Enjoy life sip by sip not gulp by gulp.

Why Is It So Good?

Green Tea has loads of scientific proof to back up its benefits. I am almost certain though that you need to drink the high quality stuff in order to attain these; It is thought that the health benefits come from EGCG which is a catechin and powerful anti-oxidant which is abundant in green tea and has been shown to:

  • Inhibit Cancer Cell Growth
  • Reduce risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Promote Fat Loss
  • Prevent Gum Disease and stop bad breath
  • If your caffeine sensitive don’t worry it has 1/3 that of black tea and loads of calming theanine which counteracts the stimulating effect.

Some pretty cool stuff and I am sure its all true, there must be a reason why the Japanese who drink the stuff all day are some of the healthiest and longest living people around. As well as this green tea shouldnt be expensive I picked up a batch of high quality stuff for about £5 or $10 which will last me for 2-3 weeks drinking it daily. Just make sure you buy a high quality loose leaf Japanese green tea. Check this link for Green Tea’s to explore…..

So to sum up Green Tea is pretty much the only fat burner you need or that has proven truly effective, it will also act as a powerful anti-oxidant detoxifying your body. The other main advantage is the calming effect it has there is nothing better than a peaceful mind and good Green Tea will get you on the right track!

Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world.

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Comments

  1. William Mize says

    A nice article, and perfect timing for someone who’s weaning himself off coffee and high amounts of caffeine.
    I’m one of those guys who will admit when he doesn’t know a damn thing about something.
    I’m heading over to a local Teavana and have them show me what’s what.

    • Chris says

      @ William: I find that weaning off coffee is pretty easy, just stick to a high quality Espresso or two in the morning then sub it for green tea in the afternoon. This allows you to continue drinking coffee without ODing on the stuff. A good Espresso shot holds loads of health benefits so there’s no harm if you keep drinking coffee in moderation. Teavana looks awesome, I’m sure you’ll find some great stuff…

  2. David at Animal-Kingdom-Workouts.com says

    Like you say, it’s hard to ignore all of the health benefits of drinking green tea. However, the kind of green tea I’ve tried is the processed stuff from the store, which I didn’t like and didn’t seem to do anything for me. I’m going to have to find a store that sells “the good stuff” like you did. I’m eager to see if I’ll get the same benefits.

    - Dave

  3. Tom Parker - Free Fitness Tips says

    Thanks for informative post Chris. I have a question for you though. You say that fresh Green tea is the stuff to go for but when I am at work green tea bags are the only convenient option? Do these still hold some benefit? I understand they will not be as good for you as fresh, high quality leaves but if they still held some benefit it would be a worthwhile compromise.

    • Chris says

      @ Tom: Like you say it can be hard at work, so tea bags are a must. Make sure you get some high quality stuff though I like teapigs they run at around £3 for 15 bags but don’t forget these bags can be re-brewed several times (therefore throughout an afternoon) meaning you only need to use 1 bag a day….

  4. Wazzup says

    Not that I don’t like tea (I drink at least a liter per day, half of it green), but I doubt it’s a miracle cure for all.

    (but then again it’s the “processed” (whatever that means beyond drying and put in a bag) stuff so what do I know)

  5. JC says

    I used to drink green tea a year or so ago, but just lost interest really. I only used the tea bags (tazo) and I never thought anything special of them. I suppose I am in the dark as to what quality green tea is like. I will have to give the good stuff a try.

  6. Bonnie | Free Biorhythm says

    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for this eye opening article!

    It’s funny how one’s tastes change, I hated coffee until I was about 26 and I was an avid green tea drinker, then I suddenly went off it, finding that that ordinary green tea bags produced a nauseating & bitter brew. At the same time I became an avid coffee drinker.

    I will definitely use your tips to see if I can enjoy green tea again!

    • Chris says

      @ Bonnie: That’s the exact same experience I had Green Tea in the bagged form, made me feel nauseous and even tired. It wasn’t until I tried the real stuff that I realized what all the hype was about…..As mentioned earlier Teavana looks like a great place for people in the US to pickup some high quality loose leaf stuff…

  7. Brett says

    Excellent information. I have tried to sub the bagged green tea for coffee before but to no avail. I’m looking forward to giving it a shot with the real stuff!

    • Chris says

      @ Lindsey: I’m glad you enjoyed it. Feel free to share it on your blog, just link back over here and its all good. Sharing is caring!
      @ Brett: You will probably find you will feel way better if you sub out your normal late afternoon coffee for some green tea. Personally I like coffee in the morning but not after lunch.

  8. mistertortoise says

    i love green tea but i’m still not convinced that its as health giving as many say. I think many of the positive aspects of tea may be overcome by the fact that it contains caffeine which surely can’t have a positive effect on health.

    Having said that i just drink the standard stuff from the bags so maybe the higher quality tea would do me more good.

    Don’t you think that the “craving” you get is just an addiction to caffeine kicking in? I know the same thing happens to me.

    ric

  9. Adi K says

    Earl Grey mate, that’s the best tea in my opinion. None of that tasteless green stuff :)

    Each to their own I suppose, but nothin’ beats a cuppa earl gray with milk and two sugars. No health benefits, but it sure is good.

    • Chris says

      @ Adi: No Problem with that. Black Tea is actually bundled full of health benefits, they may be different from Green Tea but they are still abundant…..…Keep on drinking the Earl Grey its doing you a world of good, just swap out the sugars for Honey.

  10. Son of Grok says

    I am going to have to get myself some “real” green tea it sounds like. Do you think the hot water out of the hot water spiget on the coffe machines is hot enough to steep it if i am at work?

    The SoG?

    • Chris says

      @ SOG: That will be fine, even let the water cool down a bit more before infusing the Green Tea and your in for a great brew. Green Tea should never be brewed with boiling water anyway so what your doing is perfect.

  11. Lose Weight in Days says

    Hey, thanks for the nice informative post. Gonna recommend this site! ;)

    Though I spend much time investigating on green tea, I found a lot of interesting information here.

    Keep up the good work! :)

  12. Ann Trenton says

    I’m a tea addict. I could never get through an entire day without a cup of freshly-brewed loose green tea. The smell alone is enough to make my mouth water and the delicious sensation of fresh hot tea sliding down my throat is something that I always take time to relish during my tea break. Green tea has tons of health benefits and is a great source of antioxidants. The ever increasing sale of green tea actually, is due to its ability to produce fat oxidation. This simply means that drinking green tea will act directly on your body to lessen your fats because of its natural oxidizing property.

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