Green Tea is yet again in news..and all for good reasons. Green Tea is increasingly becoming the most loved beverages the world over. It reduces the risk for a wide range of diseases, from bacterial or viral infections to chronic degenerative conditions including cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes mellitus, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, and periodontal disease. Green tea can also be used as a weight loss tool when used alongside a healthy diet.
And recently, researchers at the Chinese University in Hong Kong discovered yet another benefit of drinking this health-promoting brew—it could protect against common eye diseases such as glaucoma. The researchers found that different parts of the eye absorbed varying amounts of catechins, antioxidants which are believed to prevent damage caused by oxidation. The retina, the part of the eye responsible for sensing light, had the highest concentration of the antioxidants, while the least amount was found in the cornea, the clear outer layer of the eye. The antioxidant activity lasted for up to 20 hours after consumption of green tea extract. Oxidative stress leads to retinal diseases like glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Green tea is the least processed, made by briefly steaming the just harvested leaves, rendering them soft and pliable and preventing them from fermenting or changing color. After steaming, the leaves are rolled, then spread out and dried with hot air or pan-fried in a wok until crisp. Because of green tea’s minimal processing, its catechins, especially epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which is believed to be responsible for most of the health benefits linked to green tea, are more concentrated.
So My Dear Readers Green Tea is Definitely Your Cup of TEA… 🙂