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The Difference Between Green Tea and Herbal Tea

Green tea has long been consumed around the globe for its health benefits, and can make an excellent addition to a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Studies suggest it can reduce cancer risks, heart disease risks and inflammation risk factors while supporting weight loss efforts. But as with anything, moderation is key; therefore it is necessary to consume herbal tea at appropriate dosages in order to achieve results. In this article we explore both green and herbal tea to give an understanding of their advantages as well as when to drink each type.

Green tea is produced using leaves and buds from the Camellia sinensis plant, which also yields black and oolong varieties. When producing green tea, its leaves must not undergo fermentation – this ensures their unique flavor as well as potential health benefits are preserved and maintained.

Antioxidants found in green tea may inhibit cancer cell growth and decrease your likelihood of disease, according to human and animal studies. Studies also indicate that polyphenols, the compounds which give tea its protective qualities, may prevent carcinogens from turning into cancerous tumors in human bodies.

Green tea’s polyphenols have also been demonstrated to facilitate detoxification by supporting cell detoxification processes and stimulating enzyme production which protect against free radical damage to cells. Polyphenols may also reduce heart disease risk by lowering blood pressure and improving cholesterol levels, helping lower risk.

People living with type II diabetes may benefit from drinking green tea to help control symptoms related to insulin resistance and delay its onset, reduce triglyceride levels, and promote liver health. It has also been found to lower triglyceride levels.

Green tea contains caffeine, which is a stimulant known to increase alertness and suppress appetite while at the same time encouraging urination. Furthermore, caffeine has diuretic effects which encourage regular urination as well as aiding fat breakdown and increasing metabolism to support weight loss.

Studies suggest that green tea may also lower your risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Studies indicate that its polyphenols could stop tumor formation by inhibiting cell mutation, although further study may be needed to substantiate these claims.

Although green tea consumption is generally safe, those with certain medical conditions should consult their doctor prior to drinking it or taking green tea extract supplements. In particular, those suffering from high blood pressure, cardiovascular or metabolic disease, stomach ulcers, depression or anxiety should avoid it completely and it should not be consumed while pregnant or breastfeeding.