Why Sipping Japanese Green Tea May Be Healthier Than Drinking Coffee

Why do I drink Japanese loose leaf tea? It’s much different than tea bags. Firstly, I don’t like tea bag taste. The ones made of paper make the tea taste terrible. Alternatively, I don’t think the nylon or cheesecloth designs are so bad, but I have found when I buy and brew loose leaf green tea, it’s superior to all the above.

‘Tea has been used for medicinal purposes in China and Japan for thousands of years [1]’.

That’s how I’ve learned is best through years of tasting this and that type of tea. I was drinking Earl Grey, which is a very distinctive tasting black tea many English enjoy. But, I needed to add sugar and cream to make it the way I prefer, similar to coffee.

‘I tried all the substitute sweeteners (stevia, erythritol and monk fruit) to regular refined sugar and none were satisfactory for one reason or another. I certainly don’t recommend regular sugar, but you just might have to have some to stay happy’

Although, I one cup of drink organic coffee I still am not sure about the health benefits as compared to green tea.

‘Green tea is manufactured from the leaves of the plant Camellia sinensis Theaceae and has been regarded to possess anti-cancer, anti-obesity, anti-atherosclerotic, anti-diabetic, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral effects [2]’.

These days, I have learned to trust how my body feels. I have done many experiments with this over and over again proving its own validity, dependability and trustfulness time after time.

‘Green tea is particularly rich in health-promoting flavonoids (which account for 30% of the dry weight of a leaf), including catechins and their derivatives. The most abundant catechin in green tea is epigallocatechin-3-gallate, which is thought to play a pivotal role in the green tea’s anticancer and antioxidant effects. Catechins should be considered right alongside of the better-known antioxidants like vitamins E and C as potent free radical scavengers and health-supportive for this reason. It has been suggested that green tea also promotes periodontal health by reducing inflammation, preventing bone resorption and limiting the growth of certain bacteria associated with periodontal diseases [3]’.

I know I make a small income from Japanese green tea on this website and another, but I also believe it has health giving effects in drinking it. It gives a ‘calming’ energy increasing my own peace of mind. This effect alone, I would recommend others receive. After all, I practice what I preach, drinking a pot of it sipping tea throughout each day.

*Currently, I don’t feel there’s been enough research on xylitol. Use caution and listen to your body.

Source- 1 “Green Tea.” National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, www.nccih.nih.gov/health/green-tea.

2 Suzuki, Yasuo, et al. “Health-Promoting Effects of Green Tea.” Proceedings of the Japan Academy. Series B, Physical and Biological Sciences, The Japan Academy, 2012, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3365247/.

3 Chatterjee, Anirban, et al. “Green Tea: A Boon for Periodontal and General Health.” Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology, Medknow Publications & Media Pvt Ltd, Apr. 2012, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3459493/.

Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.

 

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