Green Tea

Green tea, an ancient Chinese beverage that finds itself in every corner of the world today. These vibrant tea leaves can be found everywhere; from your Starbucks drink to your ice cream cone to Pure & Primal’s Green Tea Plus capsules, it seems everyone has been exposed to its antioxidant properties. Of course, enjoying green tea as an ice cream flavor won’t provide the same benefits as a purer source but it is enjoyable nonetheless. Green tea has a pleasant and mild flavor, and it is much less processed than its black tea counterparts.

In recent years, green tea has gained immense popularity especially in its matcha form. These days, it seems you can find matcha flavored anything from cookies to cakes to Frappuccinos. But how is matcha tea different than green tea? Simply put, matcha is a more concentrated variety of green tea. Given that they come from the same plant, both match and regular green tea carry all of the same benefits (only in different concentrations). So, whether you enjoy a daily cup of green tea or you prefer to add matcha powder to your smoothies, both options (amongst many) provide you with a daily punch of antioxidants.

We know that the term ‘antioxidant’ is now a commonplace word but what does it really mean? And more importantly what does it mean for green tea specifically? Below you’ll find a list that encompasses some of the powerful medicinal properties that green tea has to offer *

  • Anti-cancer
  • Improves quality of sleep
  • Weight loss aid
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves cardiac health
  • Helps with atherosclerosis
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Anti-inflammatory (has proven to help patients with arthritis)
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-aging

The list above demonstrates why green tea’s popularity for its health benefits has reigned for centuries, and why it should continue to do so today.

If you haven’t hopped on this particular antioxidant bandwagon yet, you better hurry! You don’t want to miss out on a tradition that could improve both your physical and mental states of health thanks to green tea’s calming effects and amazing antioxidant properties.

*Raymond, D.C., Morré, D., & Morré, J. (2005). Medicinal benefits of green tea: part 1 [Abstract]. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 11(3).