Why Green Tea Is Better For You Than Coffee

Date 24 Apr, 2017

There’s nothing new about the benefits of herbal health drinks. Actually, you’ve probably seen a new super food-infused drink on the market quite frequently. Although, there’s one health drink that has remained at the top of the list.

Green tea, first used in the Far East as a traditional Chinese medicine dating back thousands of years to treat a variety of aliments, from headaches, to arthritis, even depression. It's even been said that a cup of green tea can enhance protection against dementia and even helps weight loss.

What is green tea and how does it differ to normal tea?

There’s a huge variety of tea, but they are all made from the leaves of the species of tea plant. The main difference between green, white, or black tea is a result of the level of oxidation in the leaves.

  • White tea consists of young, hardly oxidized tealeaves, thus stays light in color.
  • Black tea has been fully oxidized so the leaves are dark and the flavor is bolder.
  • Steaming produces green tea freshly picked, which leaves little time for oxidation. As a result, it retains chlorophyll levels and its natural green colour.

What are some of the benefits of drinking green tea?

There are over 450 organic substances in green tea; the nutritional value is at an all-time high. Polyphenols are considered the most beneficial nutrients in green tea- it’s a micro chemical nutrient that are found in natural plant food sources. The polyphenols in green tea have the most power antioxidants that work to stabilize the components that cause harm to the body.

In result to the lower oxidation, green tea leaves are seen to be richer in antioxidants, which are also helpful in maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system and solid digestive health.

Lastly, it has been said that green tea helps improve cholesterol levels and defend against the nerve cell damage connected with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

By actively drinking more green tea and substituting out that 9am coffee, not only are you increasing your fluid intake but you're also replacing less-healthy highly caffeinated and sugary drinks that you may have drunk in its place.