Green tea is made from the leaves from Camellia sinensis that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing. Unlike black teas which undergo fermentation thus producing black color upon drying, Green tea is not fermented but is heat-treated to retain its color. The brew of green tea produces a delicate green cup with a fresh vegetal flavor.
While both green and black teas have their own distinctive tastes, Green tea is renowned for its health benefits owing to its processing method. Green tea’s processing avoids the fermentation process. As a result, green tea retains maximum amount of antioxidants and poly-phenols the substances that give green tea its many health benefits.
Green tea is one of the richest source of anti-oxidants – catechins which have been proven to have disease-fighting properties. Studies have shown that consuming green tea has an effect on reducing risk for several cancers. Additional benefits for regular consumers of green teas include a reduced risk for heart disease. The antioxidants in green, black, and oolong teas can help block the oxidation of bad cholesterol and improves artery function.
Green tea could be a natural solution for weight loss.
It can inhibit the absorption of lipids, accelerate the metabolic rate and contribute to the reduction of body fat percentage, but only when it provides a certain daily amount of EGCG and caffeine.
But, green tea alone is not able to cause significant improvements in one’s body weight, so for maximum benefits, the intake of this beverage should be coupled with high intensity exercises, as the effects are not impressive in overweight people doing moderate-intensity exercises. Still, getting that much caffeine while doing intense exercises may not be the best idea.