Green tea, both the common variety and the so-called matcha, are highly consumed beverages in many parts of the world, but although it is increasingly consumed in the West, its increase is still small and timid.
The most modern Western societies see how on countless occasions their people lean towards the most elaborate and artificial remedies instead of resorting to the classic solutions of previous generations.
For example, the use of drugs, whether prescription or non-prescription, is only increasing in economically advanced places such as the United States or Europe, as well as antidepressants, painkillers and other products of the style.
However, classic, organic products that do not go through any chemical process, such as certain beverages or infusions, can provide a greater benefit to the body and mind, avoiding most of the damage of non-natural products.
One of these drinks is the infusion extracted from green tea, a plant that retains even greater positive properties than normal or black tea, the most common tea variety consumed in the western world.
Let's dig a little deeper into the properties of green tea for our health, and the benefits that regular consumption brings.
Properties of green tea and its health benefits
The aspects of life in which green tea can be highly positive are innumerable and they range from the prevention of cognitive diseases such as Parkinson's or Alzheimer's, to ocular protection or as an anti-aging method, among others.
Many of these benefits were described at the beginning of the last millennium in the Kissa Yojoki, or Tea Book, in which it was explained that green tea had benefits for each of the vital organs, especially the heart.
Over time, it has been proven that these properties of green tea are given, above all, by the significant amounts of L-theanine and antioxidants.
The first of these two substances is what gives green tea its properties suitable for improving memory, attention, concentration and learning.
Thanks to all this, therefore, it is also an important aid when it comes to reducing stress and improving mental and cognitive conditions, especially in situations of high brain workload.
Other fields in which the effect of green tea can be positive and provide benefits are over the control of the diabetes and the balance in the sugar level in blood, in the prevention of certain types of cancer and the control of the extension of existing tumors, in the strengthening of the bones and the joints or as an aid when it comes to losing weight, something we'll go into later.
For all these reasons, it is curious that in many sectors of present-day societies, the consumption of products treated to the extreme is often preceded by infusions or "treatments", such as green tea, whose properties provide positive benefits, ignoring all the against the negative effects of others.
Especially when the benefits of a product like this have been known since ancient times in the Far East nations and have been part of the daily life of these cultures for centuries and centuries.
The green tea serves for everything before named, besides being an excellent ally of the good moments, as they have demonstrated the different rituals around the tea in different parts of the world.
Green tea for weight loss
It is said that green tea is used to lose weight, especially to burn fat from the abdomen. This is due to the thermogenic properties of green tea that help increase the caloric expenditure of the body, since it activates the sympathetic nervous system.
It improves the burning of abdominal fat whenever you exercise, and also acts with the combustion of other fats such as triglycerides.
This does not mean that the simple fact of consuming green tea will improve the excess of abdominal fat, but that if you do a sports activity or regular physical exercise, green tea can help you lose weight.
Matcha green tea
Matcha green tea is a variety in the green tea process. It is always the same plant, but in this case the leaves are covered with the sun a few days before harvest. Once the harvest is done, its leaves are crushed and a powder is created, which is known as matcha green tea, which is mixed with the hot water to obtain a kind of sparkling tea.
Unlike normal green tea, matcha has a slightly higher concentration of amino acids and antioxidants, so it is also very good.
Contraindications of green tea
Among the contraindications of green tea must be taken into account that being a stimulant, can cause irritability in some people. It should also be used with caution if the person is usually suffering from insomnia. In this case, it should never be taken after noon
Other side effects that could cause are palpitations or tachycardia, especially if consumed in excess, in addition to dizziness, nausea and vomiting.
In case of pregnancy it is recommended to replace it with other infusions such as red tea or rooibos, since green tea affects the absorption of iron and folic acid. For the same reason, people with anemia should avoid its use.
Returning to the issue of green tea consumption in the West, perhaps, this case is just another example of the lack of humility that, as a society in general, the most advanced countries of the West show respect to the other cultural traditions of the "other" world.
A lack of humility that leads us to seek solutions to problems in methods, pills or infallible remedies, instead of sitting down to fix them calmly and by ourselves. Maybe green tea is not going to solve it for us, but at least it will help us find the necessary calm to look for the answers. And what is better: in an ecological way.