Green Tea and Me
When you have a chronic medical issue or something random happens with your health, it’s easy to jump immediately into the big or quick fix. But not every aspect of your life needs a miracle drug. Lately, a new wonder has entered my life. it doesn’t solve the great health issues of my life, but it adds to my day-to-day wellbeing. It is a simple addition, and one that many around the world already practice.
It was about a month ago when I had my first hot cup of green tea. New to the world of tea, I was definitely skeptical, but now – knowing all of the health benefits and the fact it actually tastes good – I’m obsessed.
For thousands of years, green tea has been used in Chinese medicine to provide relief for countless ailments, but now CNN reports that scientists are studying green tea and creating trials in the hopes of the extract lowering the risk of infirmities such as Alzheimer’s, cancer and even blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Stefan Borgwadt, a Professor of Neuropsychiatry at the University of Basel in Switzerland, has also begun tests and control groups to see the effect green tea has on brainpower. Though in the early stages of experimentation, this little wonder could make waves in the world of medicine and scientific study. On a different health note, Shape Magazine cites the libation as a way to help burn fat and add extra incentives to your diet routine. The magazine reports, “Chinese researchers found that green tea significantly lowers triglyceride concentrations (potentially dangerous fat found in the blood) and belly fat in subjects who eat fatty diets.” Additionally, Borgwadt’s team has begun the early stages of introducing an EGCG compound into the medical routines of children with Down syndrome. The EGCG compound is found commonly in green tea.
So whether you just enjoy the taste or use it as a way to combat all of the gross chemicals and such that enter our bodies on a daily basis, you can never go wrong with a good cup of green tea.