There are many types of teas to choose from: black, white, green, red, yellow etc. One of the most talked about is green tea which is very popular in eastern countries and comes from the plant called Camellia Sinensis. Green tea is know for it’s amazing qualities that can help heal our bodies and even help relief certain medical conditions. Although it sounds like it could be a miracle drink it s important to know all the positive and negative effects before deciding to consume Green tea on a daily basis.
WHAT CAN GREEN TEA DO FOR YOU
First and might be the most important, as the highest death rate in the U.S. is due to heart attacks and other heart related medical conditions, is that green tea can actually reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
According to Harvard university, green tea leaves are full of antioxidants which can lower the levels of “bad” cholesterol and at the same time increase amounts of “good” cholesterol which can lead to prevention of cardiovascular disease or stroke. If you have any heart related issues drinking the green tea can actually speed up the healing process and recovery after a stroke.
Reduce the risk of cancer
Scientist from the Medical Center of Maryland spent a lot of time studying the impacts of the Camellia Sinensis plant on different types of malignant tumors. It turned out that diseases such as cancer of the bladder, breast, ovary and esophagus occur much less frequently in people who regularly drink green tea. This powerful plant has many antioxidants that help to destroy metastases.
Healing and cleansing
Chinese and Indian Aesculapius drink green tea as a stimulant that helps the body to get rid of excess fluid, relieve swelling, and also cleanse the kidneys. In addition, the plant has astringent properties, it can be used to stop the bleeding and accelerate wound healing.
Although Green Tea has so many positive effects it can unfortunately have some negative side effects too.
DANGERS OF DRINKING GREEN TEA
Green tea has caffeine which can act as a stimulants on the central nervous system, causing anxiety and also can counter interact with some medication therefore if you have any caffeine sensitivities it is better to consult with your doctor before consuming green tea.
According to the University of Pennsylvania there are some registered rare cases of food poisoning from eating leaves of Camellia Sinensis. This is the result of the individual’s immune reaction of the human body to a compound which contains green tea. Some signs that maybe you should not want to drink tea green tea are: signs of sneezing, headache, increase in pressure, intestinal or stomach cramps, bloating, skin tingling or itching.
In severe cases the plant can cause anaphylactic shock due to the increased amount of histamine in the body. It can cause swelling of the throat, the appearance of hives, fall in blood pressure, abdominal pain, dizziness. When such symptoms appear see your physician, as this condition is life-threatening.
Even though there is no clear answer if pregnant women should drink green tea experts note that there is no harm from a cup or two of flavored treats for the expectant mother. However, it is recommended to keep the consumption moderate, as the leaves of Camellia Sinensis contains only slightly less caffeine than regular varieties of teas, which means it can act on the nervous system stimulant, increasing the anxiety in women and provoking insomnia.
When choosing to drink green tea forget the saying “there can never be too much of the good thing” but remember that even if something is good for you it should be consumed in moderation.