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The health benefits of green tea and how to use it

Green tea’s origins date back 5000 years.  Due to its many health benefits,  green tea’s popularity has now spread across the globe.  It is predominantly cultivated, processed and consumed in the Far East.   Green tea consists of the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant that is grown at high altitude, mainly in the mountainous regions of East Asia.

Also to be noted is Matcha, a high quality green tea powder from Japan.  It has a sweet, aromatic, and delicate taste. The biggest difference between matcha and green tea is that matcha grows in the shade, giving it its renowned bright green color!In order to maximize the antioxidant benefits of green tea, it is always recommended to be enjoyed at warm and ambient temperatures. Bring your water to a boil, and let it to rest for a few minutes before pouring it onto the green tea leaves.  The brewing time should not exceed 2 to 3 minutes.  Now that you are up to date on the how to prepare a cup of soothing green tea, our team here at PAŪS wishes to give you a little list of just some of the many health benefits!

The health benefits of green tea and how to use it better
The health benefits of green tea and how to use it better
Health Benefits of Green Tea

1- Reduced risk of stroke and deaths by cardiovascular accidents : According to the Harvard Medical School, consuming green tea on a regular basis, could reduce high blood pressure; one of the main risk factors for stroke. In addition, a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (2006) indicates that consuming green tea could be correlated with reduced deaths by cardiovascular diseases.

2- Reduced risk of developing certain types of cancer: According to the National Cancer Institute, foods and beverages which are rich in antioxidants (green tea) could help prevent the process by which malignant cancer cells attack healthy cells in the body.

3- Reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes: An extensive research conducted on a group of 286,701 people has shown that individuals consuming green tea on a regular basis could have their overall risk of developing type 2 diabetes, reduced by 18%.

4- Lowering of the LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) : A number of group studies published in 2011, indicated that green tea consumption could have a notable impact on lowering the LDL cholesterol in your metabolism (better known as the bad cholesterol).

5- Anti-inflammatory effects: Green tea is now a well-known and recognized anti-inflammatory beverage, it helps prevent and treat certain inflammatory diseases. Its anti-inflammatory property is mainly due to the polyphenols present in green tea.

6- Helps boost your metabolism and burn more calories: Dr. David Nieman – laboratory director at the Appalachian State University in North Carolina – says this effect is presumably due to a combination of caffeine and catechins (strong antioxidants) that are found in green tea.

Best ways to reap all the benefits from green tea

Regardless of how you choose to enjoy this superfood, be it in your favourite mug, or added to your favourite recipes, green tea is a definite must for anybody looking to live a healthier lifestyle.

So don’t be afraid to be creative and add green tea (matcha) to various marinades (beef, pork, fish, chicken, etc.), salad dressings, smoothies, soups, or even pastries like muffins, energy balls, waffles and cupcakes!

At PAŪS Spa, all of our cares & massages include  a wide selection of premium tea from Mr. Thé, a local company specialized in importing high quality tea, since 1867.


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