Why Every Woman Should Drink Green Tea



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Most of us are coffee drinkers. Especially in the United States, tea is not as popular as its dark brown counterpart. However, there is strong evidence to suggest that drinking tea is one of the best things a woman can do for her long term health. In this post I want to show you why every woman should drink green tea, every day.

Types of tea

Did you know that there are actually five types or categories of tea? The five are:

  • Green Tea
  • Oolong Tea
  • Black Tea
  • White Tea
  • Pu Erh Tea

All of these teas actually come from the same plant but are given different names after undergoing a variety of fermentation processes. Also, some teas come from the leaves whilst others are made from the buds.

Of all the teas it is said that White Tea and Green Tea are the best for you as they contain the most amount of antioxidants. However, it is Green Tea that has been the subject of the most scientific investigation and as such we can’t really tell which is the most healthy.

Should I add milk?

It is very important to know that milk can actually destroy the goodness in tea. Recent scientific studies have shown that the proteins found in milk can actually damage some of the healthy properties in the tea leaves. The message? Drink your tea with just the tea and hot water. It is much better for you.

Why every woman should drink green tea

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So now for the bulk of the post – why should women drink green tea? What is it about this ancient drink that is so beneficial? Well the answer is simple – it prevents cancer, especially breast cancer.

A recent study has shown that women who drink four or more cups of Green Tea per day are up to 80% less likely to get cancer. 80% is a massive number! As far as I know there is nothing else that can reduce your chance of getting cancer more aside from quitting smoking. With such powerful statistics we would be crazy not to increase our tea intake.

So why does Green Tea prevent cancer?

Well, actually, scientists aren’t sure. They think it has something to do with the high levels of antioxidants found in tea but this cannot be the sole reason as many other foods with high antioxidants do not have the same powerful anticancer effect.

One more older study suggests that it has something to do with the chemicals in the tea leaves killing an enzyme that is associated with cancer cell production. This would make sense and could potentially be useful in the treatment of cancer down the track.

Conclusion

Start drinking Green Tea. Go out and find yourself a nice tea cup and some pure Green Tea. Make the experience enjoyable and remind yourself how good it is for you while you are drinking it. If you can replace your morning coffee with a morning tea you will be in good stead to live a longer and more healthy life.