I am sure you have heard of the many benefits Green Tea has on the human health, but have you ever experienced them yourself? I used to not care about green tea at all, but one day I decided to give it a try. I found a brand of green tea with jasmine that I really liked, and made a point to drink a hot cup of tea every morning. I have not only grown to love it, but I can assure you that it brings my energy levels up and helps me stay in shape. It’s been more than seven years since green tea has become an essential part of my morning routine, and when I travel I always make sure to carry some tea bags with me. That’s how much I love it! Not convinced that you should brew a cup just yet? Read the following facts on green tea, kindly provided to us by Dr. Zunli Mo from the Washington Healing Arts Center, and decide for yourself!
Ingredients of Green Tea
Fluoride: up to 1 mg can be found in a cup of green tea. This mineral can strengthen bones and teeth, and help prevent the formation of cavities.
Aluminum: Trace amounts can help create a buffer against gastric acids, which can help prevent and treat stomach maladies such as irritation and heartburn.
Manganese: This element can help strengthen bones and enhance one’s ability to absorb calcium. Many people with osteoporosis can benefit from the naturally occurring manganese in green tea.
Tannic acid: compounds: This bitter substance helps slow the release of caffeine in green tea, and is what allows green tea to produce such a gentle, smooth stimulation. Tannic acid also can help remove toxins from the intestines and stomach.
Saponins: Saponins are quite effective in preventing fats from entering the blood stream. This is helpful in lowering cholesterol and staying fit. Green tea is used in many thermogenic formulas to help people lose weight. Part of this function comes from the saponins’ ability to enhance fat metabolism. This is one of the reasons green tea is a powerful catalyst in weight-loss programs.
Thiamine: Considered a B vitamin, this substance can help induce a joyful state, alleviating stress, and acting almost as a slight narcotic. In combination with caffeine, thiamine is what allows green tea to produce such a unique, euphoric state.
Vitamin C: Adequate amount of vitamin C are found in green tea. Usually vulnerable to heat, the vitamin C in green tea is heat-resistant. Among its functions, vitamin C increases collagen synthesis; lowers LDL cholesterol; and strengthens the immune system. It also has a protective effect upon the gums by preventing gingivitis.
Theanine: This amino acid constitutes about half of the amino acid profile in a cup of green tea. This not only makes green tea delicious and aromatic, but also allows better absorption of the antioxidants in the tea, specifically the polyphenols. According to research, theanine has been found ot enhance some anti-caner drugs, while reducing side effects.
Aromatic oil: The aromatic oils provide the delicious taste and aroma that make green tea so wonderful. They also help induce a blissful state of worry-free feelings, softening the effect ofs the caffeine. This is why it is important to never use boiling water on top of green tea leaves. This destroys many of the valuable substances, including the aromatic and volatile oils, which are essential.
Preparing green tea
For a stimulation effect: use one tea-spoon fo leaves into one cup of hot water (140 Fahrenheit). After boiling the water, let the water cool for about five minutes. Let the first batch steep for 90 seconds. You can let it steep for up to three min. for a stimulating effect. However, the Japanese tend to look down upon brewing tea for this long; they prefer no longer than 90 sec. You can experiment trying from 90 sec. up to 3 min. of steeping time.
For a relaxing effect: let boiling water cool for about 5 min, then pour the water ( about 140 F) onto one teaspoon of leaves. Let it steep for about 60 sec., and then immediately pour out the tea. Repeat the same step again, but this time, let the tea steep for about 3 min. This method tends to accentuate the tannic acid content, which inhibits the caffeine. This is a nice method to use before meditation of sleep.
I would like to thank Dr. Zunli Mo for providing us with the information above. Dr. Mo is a state licensed acupuncturist, and holds both Diplomats of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology in National Certification Comission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). You can find Dr. Zunli Mo every Tuesday at the Washington Healing Arts Center on 426 E. 5th Street in Washington, Missouri. To schedule your acupuncture appointment please call 636. 795.4003 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Dr. Mo also has its practice in Chesterfield, MO. The address is 42 Four Seasons Shopping Ctr, Suite 133 (2nd floor). You can visit his website here.