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Reading quite a lot books about healthy lifestyle, many of them mention alcohol and coffein-containing beverages as unhealthy. Tea cunsumption often is recommended to be limited to fx 2 cups a day. This must be confusing for many, since tea is not just tea – and GREEN tea is supposed to be very healthy in different ways.

In the book “Timeless Secrets of Health and Rejuvenation” by Andreas Moritz, finally someone gives an plausible explanation. I wrote to the publisher and was allowed to give an excerpt from “Green tea – A Tea for Life”:

“For more than 30 years, Western researchers have known that the occurrence of solid tumor cancers is far less in countries where populations consume large amounts of green tea. Cultures that are endowed with a long tea tradition have much to contribute to individual health. However, this applies only to green tea. Regular black tea, however, presently very popular everywhere, has not much to do with real tea. Real tea is derived from the tea plant Thea sinensis or Thea asoncica (assamica? red.), not to be confused with herb teas such as peppermint, chamomile or fennel.

Both black and green tea originates from the same tea plant, but their methods of processing are different. The breaking of the leaves of the plants and exposing them to the oxygen of the air produces black tea. The resulting natural fermentation process destroys the  most important biological ingredients of the tea – the tannins. By contrast, during the production of green tea, the leaves are stabilized through exposure to both humid and dry heat. This eliminates fermentation-producing enzymes and safeguards the nutrients.

Due to fermentation, black tea assumes drug-like qualities. Since tannins and other important nutrients are no longer present in the tea, its caffeine apperas in free and unbound form. The stimulating effects of the quickly released caffeine causes the addictive effect of black tea. It triggers the “fight-or-flight” response in the body. Since the body treats the ingested caffeine as a nerve toxin, the adrenal glands naturally respond be secreting the antidote adrenaline. This defence response by the body has a stimulating and enlivening effect. However, as the effects of the caffeine and adrenaline diminish, the body starts feeling tired and may end up exhausted.

Green tea works in a different way. The large amounts of tannins in green tea make certain that the caffeine is taken to the brain only in small and well-dosed amounts, which actually harmonizes the energies in the body. Unlike black tea, the original green version of the tea makes the body´s own energy-use more efficient. This helps the consumer of green tea improvise his vitality and stamina without having to experience the “up-and-down” effect so often accompanied with the consumption of black tea.

The value of tannin has been studied for centuries all over the world. Besides its ability to bind caffeine, is also has healing properties. Green tea is particularly helpful with intestinal disorders and high blood pressure. It has been shown to be 20 times more effective in slowing the aging process than vitamin E. Studies have demonstrated that the success rate of green tea in reducing oxidants in the body (considered responsible for aging) is 74 percent compared to 4 precent with vitamin E. The vitamin C content of green tea id four times higher than in lemon juice and it contains more B-vitamins than any other plant. This makes green tea useful for facial skin conditions such as rosacea/acne. Apart from drinking green tea, you may apply it directly to the skin before bedtime and after washing your face in the morning.

Since green tea is highly alkaline it naturally helps combat hyperacidity. People who drink green tea also suffer from less arteriosclerosis. It also keeps the blood thin and prevents coronary heart disease, heart attacks and strokes. Furthermore, researchers from the University of Osaka, Japan, have been able to prove that green tea kills microbes responsible for cholera and tooth decay; it also destroys salmonella germs before they even have the chance to enter the stomach. A substance called “EGCG” has been found to retard tumor growth. The Botikin Hospital in Moscow reported that green tea is more effective against infection than antibiotics, without producing any harmful side effects.

Green tea has over 100 ingredients that have been found useful for a number of conditions (…)”

See more in the book itself. (In the instructions for making green tea, there is one problem though, I hope they willl adjust it in the newest edition: The temperatures for brewing green tea should not be more than 80 degrees C – not just below boilng point as stated). Appart from that, it is one of the best health books that I know right now.

Ulla Conrad

Cited from: “Timeless Secrets of Health and Rejuvenation” by Andreas Moritz, Ener-chi.com, 496 pages,  ISBN-10: 097657151X, ISBN-13: 978-0976571513

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