Green Tea is a Superfood!

𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗧𝗲𝗮 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝗦𝘂𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗳𝗼𝗼𝗱! 

𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗲𝗮? 

Green tea is made from Camellia sinensis. It originally came from China, but is now produced all over the world. Not tasting like more common teas, such as black tea, green tea has a very unique taste. Regular drinkers report that it is something you have to learn to like, it isn't going to be your first choice instinctively after your first few times trying it.

𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝘁 𝗯𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹? 

It's commonly used by fitness fanatics and weight watchers for its fat-burning properties. Green tea is capable of ramping up your metabolic rate, this means that your body burns more calories. The reason for this is due to the caffeine in the tea and the antioxidants called catechins. It's got much more going for it than just weight loss, green tea has numerous health benefits, but we've decided to pick out the most important ones. The most major one in our opinion would be that it contains L-Theanine, this is an amino acid that is found in green tea. As well as black tea, like your English Breakfast Tea . L-Theanine is capable of reducing depression symptoms, anxiety and stress; also known as a "calming effect", but without causing drowsiness. Combined with the caffeine in green tea, these two go together as an effective brain booster. Green tea's antioxidants also reduce inflammation, this stops premature aging, making it good for your skin. It's also capable of improving your sleep quality, due to the L-Theanine. Although, this would be best to drink before bed in a green tea that is low in caffeine content if sensitive to caffeine. Other studies have found that if consumed regularly it can decrease the risk of dementia up to 50%. Even your blood sugar levels can benefit from green tea, as it helps to keep your sugar levels balanced, preventing diabetes. Finally, due to its antibacterial properties, it improves your dental hygiene.

𝗗𝗼𝗲𝘀 𝗶𝘁 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗲𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁𝘀?

Now, with a list of ways that green tea is beneficial as large as this one, it'd be natural to assume there is going to be side effects. There are many potential side effects, so it is strongly recommended you take time to read through these to determine if you are in a suitable position to take green tea. This should serve as harm reduction, properly educating you how to consume green tea. Now, not all side effects will be listed, as some are more mild than others. Therefore for the purpose of saving space on this post we will prioritise the important ones. Caffeine sensitive people may have caffeine related symptoms i.e headaches, restlessness, anxiety, increased heartrate, diarrhoea etc. For this reason, it's advised that people sensitive to caffeine use a decaf variation of green tea. Liver damage has been reported as well, although this could be due to pre-existing problems with peoples' livers or drinking excessive alcohol and/or illegal drug use/prescribed medication, including birth control. Consuming a toxic amount of green tea can also put a lot of strain on your liver, which will be damaging as well. If on any form of medication, you should always check with your doctor before consuming green tea as different medications can react with the tea. These all range from high-low reactions.

𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝗶𝘁?

There are several ways to prepare your green tea. To make it relatable to the products we will be including with this post, we will use methods that can be applied to them. Green tea in the form of a fine powder is to be prepared with 1/2 a teaspoon in hot water and then whisked until frothy, after this it is ready to be consumed. Green tea extract will be in a pill/tablet form, so this is self explanatory, just stick to the recommended amount throughout the day. Green tea can also come in a teabag, this may be the easiest method of preparation as it is the simplest. Boiling water and your teabag, sorted. When brewing your tea in the teabag, make sure it is steeped for 2 minutes, any longer and it will have a much more intense and unpleasant taste. Using a natural sweetner, such as honey is recommended. You can even use lemon in your green tea for a different taste. Milk is to be avoided with green tea, only water is needed. Keep in mind that the recommended amount of green tea to consume is 100 to 750 milligrams a day, going over may cause some of the mentioned side effects. Between 3-6 cups of green tea should keep you within the recommended amount. If using green tea for weight loss, spread your consumption out throughout the day evenly to keep the active ingredients in your system for as long as possible (making sure you leave enough time to be able to sleep).

Below are 3 different forms of green tea that are relatively cheap. We've tried to find products to cater everybody. We hope this has been helpful and given you some insight on green tea. It has many benefits to your health when it is used properly! Any feedback would be greatly appreciated everybody, as well as recommending and sharing the page with your friends!
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