Welcome to our ultimate guide to Green Tea. Read on if you want to learn about the benefits of green tea and how amazing they can be for you and your body. Learn the benefits of green tea so that you can cure the common cold, lose weight and become healthier.
I first tried green tea many years ago. I think I was 11 years old at the time and had it with my dinner at a Chinese restaurant. You see I am not one of those hot drinkers. I grew up on the unhealthy orange squash, the lemonade and of course a lot of Diet Coke. I remember going on holiday with school to France when I was 11 years old and having to drink water. It was like life was over.
I never cared for tea and it was always that typical Yorkshire thing when your parents and grandparents drink it in vast quantities and you hate the fact that you’re always making them a drink.
My only hot drink would be a hot chocolate at a nice English café when it is freezing cold and you were more excited over the cream on top rather than the hot chocolate itself.
But then in my early 30’s I discovered green tea. All of a sudden, there was a tea that was not boring. It was flavoursome, tasted amazing, didn’t need sugar or milk to make it taste good and would warm up my cold bones in the middle of winter.
Since then it has become my winter drink. The green tea comes out of the back of the tea cupboard to keep me warm and to make me feel good in winter when the last thing I want is some chilled water.
The Portuguese summer lasts from April to October when the temperature ranges from 15c to 45c and you just drink litre after litre of water. Then in winter we get a temperature of between 5c and 12c when we think it is freezing cold. In reality its double the temperature of New York and we would never see any snow, so really, we should stop complaining!
What Is Green Tea?
Green tea is a type of tea that originated from China, then spread to many Asian countries. After it’s health benefits were known it became popular in the western world. It is made from camellia sinensis plant leaves that have used a different oxidation process compared to regular black tea. In other words they have been fermented so that they have the highest level of antioxidants for greater health.
Several versions of green now exist thanks to the different amounts of camellia sinensis used to make it. It can also vary based on growing conditions, where it has grown and production methods. Or just like food you can have a cheaper version or a more organic high end product.
What is interesting is the same healing properties found in green tea are the same associated with red wine, blueberries and dark chocolate.
Green tea is often associated as being one of the best health products available. Many give it a higher health rating than many healthy fruit and vegetables that we all consume on a regular basis. The benefits of green tea along with what nutrients it contains means that it is often associated with the superfood label.
Benefits Of Green Tea
You’re probably wondering what the benefits are of green tea are and why people get so excited by it? Surely it does more for you than just warming up your cold bones in winter and reducing your milk and sugar that you would have in a normal cup of tea?
In a nutshell the benefits of green tea include:
#1 Benefits of Green Tea – Reduces Risk of Heart Disease
Let’s face it we are always obsessing about cancer because it is mentioned in the media the most. But the truth is that the biggest killer of them all is heart disease. Our heart can only take so much of what we put it through and we need to look after it.
My maternal grandma died from her heart, my paternal grandad died from his heart. My dad has a pacemaker fitted.
Though I would put this down to poor health choices rather than a family heart issue. But it does still make you want to drink green tea, just for the sake of reducing your chances of getting heart disease.
#2 Benefits of Green Tea – Reduces Blood Pressure
With health problems in our modern world often comes high blood pressure. I am however on the other side of things. I am the one that moans that I have a low blood pressure and need help increasing it. Throughout my pregnancies I have spent the time moaning that every time I move I go dizzy and have been so glad post pregnancy when my blood pressure returns to normal.
It was during the pregnancy of my daughter that Dominic suddenly had an incredibly high blood pressure. The pressures of looking after me, in the middle of buying a house in a foreign country, along with being obese took its toll.
He has since been on blood pressure tablets.
Though on his last trip to see his doctor they told him to start drinking green tea which we thought was rather funny, considering we were planning on featuring the benefits of green tea on the blog!!!
#3 Benefits of Green Tea – Reduces Cholesterol
If you are suffering from cholesterol problems then the likelihood is, that it will lead to heart disease problems and that you will have other issues such as obesity, high blood pressure and so forth.
With green tea one of the benefits is that it can help reduce your cholesterol problems.
We have never had this issue (even in our obese days) as living in Portugal saturated fat is unheard of and instead everything is about the olive oil and the fresh vegetables.
#4 Benefits of Green Tea – Reduces Arthritis
My grandad was amazing. I worshipped the ground he walked on. He was a fairly young grandad to me and I was born 3 weeks before his 52nd birthday. He would take me to the park, we would eat cake in the coffee shop, watch TV and his business words of wisdom have been a big part of our own businesses.
But he had just one health problem and it was arthritis. It affected him very badly from his 50’s and onwards. I would often be there as he took his morphine for the pain and it meant that he didn’t have the chance to enjoy his retirement as much as his friends did.
But I don’t recall him ever drinking green tea, with it being one of the main benefits it makes you wonder if it had made a difference to him?
#5 Benefits of Green Tea – Improve Bone Health
Another of the benefits of green tea is the improved bone health. If you have bone related problems in the family, then it is suggested that green tea will stop them from happening.
We are so obsessed with other health problems that we rarely even think about our bones. So, lets love our bones via green tea.
#6 Benefits of Green Tea – Improved Memory
Dementia and other memory issues are said to be improved thanks to green tea. This is something that I really have to consider because my grandma suffered from it and my aunt is currently battling it.
When you have 2 members of your family with it, there is always the risk that you will end up with it yourself. Therefore, this is a perfect reason for me to take green tea as part of my day to day diet.
#7 Benefits of Green Tea – Reduces Cancer Risks
We hear the world cancer and we all freak out. It’s because of the way it is portrayed in the media. Plus, the fact that you always know someone with it. My mother in law died from it. My maternal grandad did too. My aunt is terminal. My uncle is battling it. I have had it.
Even though more and more people are coming out the other side and living to tell their tale, I will give any natural remedy a go, if there is a slightest chance of us not getting it.
Benefits of Green Tea – Overall Benefits
Though the main thing to learn when it comes to the benefits of green tea is that it is all about longevity. The Chinese obsess about their green tea for this exact reason. It stops a lot of the diseases that a couple of green teas a day could fix. Plus, don’t forget after water, tea is the most common drink in the world.
Or look at the Chinese compared to those in the Western World. They live much longer than us, have less health problems and drink green tea all day. Of course, they also don’t eat vast amounts of processed foods which also helps!
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What Can You Cook With Green Tea?
After reading all these different benefits of green tea and how good they are for you, I am sure what you really want is to dive into some green tea recipes.
Green tea is truly amazing for cooking with. You can flavour your food with it, use it as an ingredient and so much more.
A delicious take on classic chocolate chip zucchini bread and so good that you won’t be able to have just one slice.
A delicious shrimp cocktail that is perfect for Christmas, Thanksgiving, dinner parties or tapas.
Making great use of another drink and keeping you warm this winter a delicious hot chocolate is the way to go. This particular recipe is used as a remedy to treat cold and flu symptoms.
More recipe ideas featuring Green Tea:
- Green Tea Ice Cream Sandwich
- Tofu Stir Fry
- Green Tea Cupcakes
- Shortbread Cookies
- Matcha Chocolate
- Green Tea Brownies
- Green Tea Caramel
This ultimate guide to green tea is sponsored by GoTo Tea. We used their different teas to make our chocolate chip zucchini bread, our avocado shrimp cocktail and our crockpot hot chocolate.
If you would like to buy the GoTo Green Tea (the same one we have) or explore the rest of their range then you can do so by clicking on the banner below:
Plus, a HUGE Thank You to GoTo Tea at New Midori Trading for giving us the opportunity to test drive their wonderful tea here on RecipeThis.com. You can find them here on Amazon.
Benefits of Green Tea – Infographic
So that you have something to reference for later, we have created an infographic for you that is all about green tea: