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Green Tea: Advantages, Comparisons and Myths

The sight of a sunrise and a daily dose of local & national news along with a cup full of green tea is how many health-conscious people like to begin their day. While the sunrise is a great source of Vitamin-D and newspaper is a source of knowledge, a cup of green tea is the health secret behind both the body and the brain. Among the myriad reasons to drink green tea regularly, the best way to sum up can be that it is chock full of nutrients and anti-oxidants which in turn is good for physical and mental wellbeing. No wonder the world is in the awe of green teas and it has millions of regular users who consume it daily.

If you haven’t sipped green tea before but are curious about it or interested in including it in your daily lifestyle, we will talk about the basic know-how, benefits, and myths that have become associated with it so you can make an informed decision and consider swapping it with your choice of tea.

How is Green Tea Different from Variants such as Milk Tea?

Adding milk to any tea destroys the antioxidants present in the tea. Moreover, the tea contains anti-diabetic qualities that diminish when milk is added to it. Therefore, the long and short of consuming milk tea is that you are negating some of the health factors by adding milk.

Which is Better, Black Tea or Green Tea?

If you compare milk tea and black tea, you can be sure that black tea is a better choice in terms of health. That said, comparing black tea and green tea is a completely different story and there a few factors to consider. Both black and green teas are made from the leaves of Camellia Sinensis but are harvested in a different way. The leaves of black tea are oxidized whereas green tea leaves aren’t, making green tea a better choice. Usually, green tea has lower caffeine levels than black tea as well. Also, the percentage of polyphenols is greater in green tea which is considered good for blood pressure and diabetes, among other health issues. Although both types of tea show some health benefits, green tea or loose herbal tea is a healthier option between the two.

What are the Advantages of Drinking Green Tea?

Some of potential advantages of green tea are stated below, although is it advisable to do your own proper research before consuming green tea for any medicinal purpose.

1. Regular consumption of green tea lowers the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
2. Green teas have been associated with skincare properties that prevent aging signs like wrinkles.
3. Green tea increases the metabolism of your body that can help in weight loss.
4. Green tea lowers the amount of cholesterol in your body.
5. Green tea is believed to help in reduction of symptoms of anxiety due to the presence of theanine.

Green tea can be a wise addition in your daily routine and healthy for you in long term. However, it is important to remember that there are many popular myths attached to its consumption such as green tea drinkers being immune to cancer, supporting rapid weight-loss and causes dehydration, among others. Green tea is not a magic potion, but it does have more advantages over other beverages and can be party of your healthy lifestyle.

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