It seems as if every time we turn on the news, we hear more about green tea benefits for health and wellness.
Thanks to traditional wisdom and current scientific research, we know that each of the teas from the tea plant (Camellia sinensis) is good for us.
Green tea, in particular, has caught our attention, due to its powerful antioxidants and disease-fighting capabilities, among many other benefits. Here are some of the benefits of green tea for physical, mental, and emotional health.
Another benefit of the antioxidants in green tea is their ability to prevent oxidative stress and the low-grade chronic inflammation that may result from it. Cut your oxidative stress levels in half with 4 to 6 cups of green tea each day.
This is just the beginning! Green tea has many more benefits... You'll find more information here. And, if you're interested in reading about current research studies targeting green tea benefits, click here.
Everywhere you turn, you'll find more information about the benefits of drinking green tea - for good reason. This tea is brimming with so many health and wellness properties - it nurtures our physical and mental health, and sipping a calming, delicious, fragrant cup of green tea with a good friend nurtures our emotional and social health, as well!
Why not brew yourself a cup today? You'll enjoy these green tea benefits, and you'll be doing your body, mind, and spirit a world of good.
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As with most foods and beverages, moderate, sensible consumption of green tea is safe for most adults. However, in the many studies targeting health effects and benefits of tea, a number of potential side effects that you should be aware of have been found (you can learn more here).
Large amounts of green tea have been known to cause nausea or tummy troubles for some people. So, if you're new to green tea, don't let the multitude of green tea benefits cause you to overindulge - you may want to incorporate it slowly into your diet until you know for sure how your body will react.
Also, if you're sensitive to caffeine, keep in mind that green tea (like every other tea from the Camellia sinensis
tea plant) does have caffeine, so consuming high amounts of green tea could potentially leave you
with one or more typical caffeine side effects (headache, irritability, anxiety, insomnia, etc.). Wondering about safe amounts of caffeine for you? You can learn more about recommended maximum levels of caffeine here.
Some research has indicated that excessive intake of green-tea-based supplements (not the beverage itself) may have negative effects on liver and kidney health and functioning.
Also, green tea contains small amounts of vitamin K, which is important to our bodies for proper clotting of the blood. As such, if you are taking prescribed blood-thinning medication, it's essential that you check with your healthcare provider about whether green tea is a safe drink for you.
And, of course, be sure to ask your healthcare professional before adding significant amounts of green tea to your diet if you're expecting or still nursing your wee one.
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