Green tea has long been known to have health benefits but recent studies suggest that there are far more than originally thought. Native to india and China, 20% of all tea drunk worldwide is green tea. The oxidation level of the dried leaves from which tea is brewed determines the type of tea e.g. green or black. Both green tea and black tea come from the same plant. Green tea leaves are picked and harvested at a younger age and are less processed. Therefore it retains most antioxidants and polyphenols. The polyphenols in tea are thought to provide its anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic effects.
In the past, green tea has been determined to help control bleeding, heal wounds, help digestion, improve the heart and mental health. With new research, it has been found to help the fight against cancers to diabetes. The Pennsylvania State University has found in their study that green tea has the ability to target proteins to kill oral cancer cells via its polyphenols. It does so while making other cells stronger than they were in the process. According to the National Cancer Institute in the US, green tea drinkers are 50% less likely to develop pancreatic cancer. Another study highlighted that those who drank less more than six cups per week compared to those who drank one cup a week were 33% less likely to develop type two diabetes.
This beverage has many benefits to offer and there are no known side effects to drinking green tea for adults.