Green tea of high quality has green dry tea, green liquor and green tea leaves, which is the so called “Three Green”. As the hero helping green tea drinkers, EGCG (tea polyphenol) could prevent cancer, reduce blood fat, protect you from radiation and decrease the damage of nicotine. The tea tree is called Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze - fresh tea leaves are picked from the trees, then crafted by the typical progress of non-fermentation, removing green, roasting and drying. This is how green tea is made. The production and liquor both persist the green color of fresh tea leaves.
Green tea contains the wonderful EGCG polyphenol, these specific antioxidants help to increase metabolism. It also naturally contains a very small amount of caffeine, which is a natural appetite suppressant. This is what makes green tea slimming in one aspect, as you have a decreased appetite with a higher metabolism.
Tea polyphenols is the generic term of polyphenol materials in teas, which is the main composition that forms tea’s aroma, flavor, and color, and is the major factor of its health function. The capability of detoxification and anti-radiation makes tea polyphenols able to protect bone marrow from radioactive substances. Therefore it is praised as a “radiation killer” in the field of health and medicine. The picture below (from Hunan Agriculture University, 2001) shows a clear result: green tea contains 22% of tea polyphenols, which is 1% less than the amount in fresh tea leaves. Green tea contains the largest amount of tea polyphenols among all kinds of teas. Catechuic acid takes 70% in tea polyphenols, is the major element of polyphenol, as well as the key of the high quality of green tea. Catechuic acid also plays an important role in the bodily functions of immunity and anti-radiation. This is not the only reason why people like green tea. Green tea contains aromatic compounds, which can dissolve fat, help your body wipe out greasiness, prevent fat from stocking in your body, and ease digestion.
Besides, catechuic acid has the function of antioxidant, improving metabolism, and scavenging free radicals. It is able to decrease fat by activating the protein kinase and triglyceride lipase, then achieves the goal of reducing weight.
Nowadays people keep a fast-paced life, along with being less active. Therefore the habit of keeping a healthy diet is very important. People hold different ideas of tea’s weight loss function. Usually they chose Pu-erh tea for losing weight, meanwhile taking aerobic exercise, such as cycling, to keep fit. Green tea could also give same effects as Pu-erh tea for long-term drinking.
Intestines and stomach are the largest organs for digestion in the body. But if you consume too much food, the stomach will not be able to digest so that the calories will accumulate. If this persists, fat storage may increase. Aromatic compounds in green tea can melt fat and prevent it from accumulating in your body; the Vitamin B1, C and low caffeine in green tea can stimulate secretion of stomach juices, helping digestion and reducing fat.
Drinking around 3-4 cups a day is said to help weight loss. This however, is under a lot of controversy because people like to try pills instead. Green tea slimming diets are healthier for you when you consume only the tea, and not pills. Pills often have added ingredients such as hoodia, or other appetite suppressants with large doses of caffeine in them.
Further suppressing your appetite will take off extra weight, but when you stop drinking green tea the weight loss will come back. Green tea is healthy, and tastes great so you can continue drinking it on a long term basis. You should also drink a lot of water since caffeine is a natural diuretic, to make sure you stay well hydrated.
As it’s so functional for keeping diet, a good habit of drinking green tea could help you to have a more effective result of losing weight.
Green tea contains plenty of tannic acid. If you drink too much tea, the tannic acid will combine with iron in your blood, producing an insoluble substance, hindering the absorbing of iron. Drinking tea immediately after meals for a long time could cause anemia, so wait for an hour, once your body has already absorbed all the iron from the food, then drink teas. Thus the absorbing of iron will not be disturbed.
Do not sit down or take strenuous exercise immediately after you finish your meal. It’s better to stand for half an hour or take a slow walk. Many people are busy with work or study - they have no time for managing a good diet. If they could only stand for half an hour after meals, the trouble of fat accumulating can be resolved.
When you are looking to shed pounds with any diet you need to check with your doctor to ensure you don’t have any underlying health concerns. Your doctor will also suggest you exercise, and eat healthy as well as drink green tea for maximum benefit. There are several ways to purchase and then brew it, but you will want to make sure you don’t add a lot of sugar. This can actually add weight instead of helping you lose it.
You may have found with drinking green tea daily, and the control of food intake, you will feel hungry often, especially in the 5 hours before bed-time. While trying to lose weight, it's important not to eat right before bed - calories will not be used during sleep. The things you’ve eaten will be stocked by your body as fat. If you are too hungry, you should only eat few boiled vegetables or fruits.
Tea should not be exposed to air for long periods of time as it can be easily oxidized and deteriorated. Tea tradesmen pay lots of attention on tea’s storage. They usually use quick lime, charcoal and refrigerating methods for keeping tea leaves. However, we may not have these conditions at home, so we could use plastic bags or aluminum foil bags that can be well sealed. Push air out from the bags as much as you can after putting teas in. It could be helpful if you double-up the bag, to help protect the tea from light. Metal cans, especially tin, are the best for storage, which perform well in preventing moisture, anti-oxidization, blocking light and avoiding odor. Fridge can be useful, too, because green tea is better stored in 0 ℃ to 5 ℃. You can pack the green teas in well-sealed aluminum foil bags or tin cans and put them in your fridge - it’s a good way to store green tea at home. If you had purchased some new spring teas this year, and are not willing to drink them in the near future, you could use this for storage.
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