Just like black tea, green tea comes from the shrub Camellia sinesis, however unlike black tea it has not undergone fermentation. Green tea does have caffeine, but much less than a cup of coffee and includes the amino acid theanine which creates a calming effect. Green tea contains the antioxidant epigallocatechin-gallate, (EGCG) which is one of the strongest forms of antioxidants1. This antioxidant plays a vital role in boosting your immune system, reducing headaches, relieving toothaches, lowering cholesterol, reducing the risk of strokes and fighting cancer.
According to Reader’s Digest, 1801 Home Remedies, studies have shown that drinking just one cup of green tea will reduce the risk of getting certain cancers. The EGCG in green tea prohibits the production of the enzyme, urokinase which cancer cells need to grow. Drinking 3-4 cups a day should allow your body to receive most of its health benefits. Green tea should be enjoyed without milk as it will inhibit the tea from working at its full potential.
1. Antioxidants prevent free radicals from damaging our cells. The free radicals are a byproduct which is created when our body uses oxygen. Damage to the cells can result in cancer, diabetes, heart disease and much more.