I have always been a tea person (if you didn’t see my crazy tea haul from last time… still working on the reviews on those…) and many of you would probably have heard the many different benefits of Green Tea.
Here’s a list of some of its amazing benefits — benefits that you may not have been aware of. Some of these benefits are still being debated, so please do your own research if you want to use green tea for medicinal purposes.
- Weight Loss. Green tea increases the metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.
- Diabetes. Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can prevent high insulin spikes and resulting fat storage.
- Heart Disease. Scientists think, green tea works on the lining of blood vessels, helping keep them stay relaxed and better able to withstand changes in blood pressure. It may also protect against the formation of clots, which are the primary cause of heart attacks.
- Esophageal Cancer. It can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, but it is also widely thought to kill cancer cells in general without damaging the healthy tissue around them.
- Cholesterol. Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
- Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. It is said to delay the deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Studies carried out on mice showed that green tea protected brain cells from dying and restored damaged brain cells.
- Tooth Decay. Studies suggests that the chemical antioxidant “catechin” in tea can destroy bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections, dental caries and other dental conditions
- Blood Pressure. Regular consumption of green tea is thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
- Depression. Theanine is an amino acid naturally found in tea leaves. It is this substance that is thought to provide a relaxing and tranquilizing effect and be a great benefit to tea drinkers.
- Anti-viral and Anti-bacterial. Tea catechins are strong antibacterial and antiviral agents which make them effective for treating everything from influenza to cancer. In some studies green tea has been shown to inhibit the spread of many diseases.
- Skincare. Green tea can apparently also help with wrinkles and the signs of aging, This is because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Both animal and human studies have demonstrated that green tea applied topically can reduce sun damage.
Pretty great huh? I’ve also heard that drinking green tea could decrease your chance of getting cancer in general due to its antioxidant properties. Say whaaaat?
The other day, I saw a box of Organic, Fair Trade Green Tea by Nerada on sale at my local supermarket for $3 for 50 tea bags! I didn’t hesitate to grab it.
I had my first cup of it today and I would like to do a quick review of this.
Nerada Fair Trade, Organic Green Tea
Scent: 4/5 — I love the smell of the teabags straight out of the box! Though it’s not as fragrant as jasmine tea but I wouldn’t mind if my room smelt like that. It smells slightly sweet but still “plain” and fresh. Sorry if I suck at describing things.
Taste: 4/5 — I wouldn’t classify this as having a strong taste or anything. I quite like it, though I still prefer a jasmine and slightly sweetened tea but hey for all those health benefits, I’d drink this any day – it was quite pleasant tasting anyway.
Packaging: 2/5 — As you can see, it came in a green box and for $3, I was not surprised that the tea bags weren’t individually packaged. However, I was a little disappointed with how flimsy the bags were. I actually made a couple of cups today for my parents (might as well, while I was at it…). ONE, I accidentally dropped the paper handle of one of the tea bags into the boiling water and when I pulled it out, it fell off the string. Now, this was not the first time I’ve done this (I’m pretty clumsy) and none of the other ones have fallen off like this, so I was a little sad to see this. TWO, I was gently ripping off the paper handle off the bag on the 2nd tea bag and it ripped the top of the tea bag. Now I thought that the tea were going to float out of the bags everywhere so I had to dunk the tea bags carefully – none came out in the end.
Colour: 3/5 — Average. It’s not as green as a few other green teas I’ve had but it’s not ugly either.
More Comments: As an added bonus to all the health benefits listed above, this tea is cheap, organic AND fair trade! Plus, as suggested by BubzBeauty and MichellePhan on youtube, you can make a facemasks and scrubs with the used teabags!
I hope you found this haul/review useful and if you have tried this tea before, do comment below and share what you think about this tea!
Lots of Smiles,