Super-food Sunday: Green Tea

In light of it being Chinese New Year tomorrow, this week’s feature is something used for centuries in Chinese medicine to treat a plethora of conditions: green tea. 

Green tea contains B vitamins, folate (naturally occurring folic acid), manganese, potassium, magnesium, caffeine and other antioxidants, especially catechins. 

These catechins have biological properties and are in fact anti-bacterial. They can kill bacteria in your mouth and improve dental hygiene, keeping your breath fresh. Some studies show that they can inhibit viruses like the influenza virus, potentially lowering your risk of infections. 

Allegedly, drinking green tea helps to boost the metabolism, aiding in weight loss. Also it can help to reduce cholesterol, treat cardiovascular disease, and ward off certain cancers and Alzheimer’s disease – helping you live a prolonged, healthy life. 

Green tea contains caffein (not as much as coffee, but enough to keep you alert without feeling jittery). It also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which has anti-anxiety and calming effects. Together, the substances help to improve brain functions and concentration throughout the day. 

It is said that green tea can also stabilise insulin levels in the blood, subsequently decreasing one’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes. 

It comes in many flavours and has a relatively mild taste. It can be used as a mixer in smoothies, served iced, or however you like it best! However, it is not advisable to put milk in it. 

So cheers from me; to green tea! 

Contains extracts from http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/superfoods/Pages/is-green-tea-a-superfood.aspx 

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