Today we are going to be discussing the benefits of using green tea as part of your kombucha brewing process. Green tea benefits are tremendous and there is a ton of research (we will get to that in a minute, as some of the studies are a bit controversial).
As you already might know, we are doing a full spectrum tea benefit series all week long entitled kombucha diversiTEA, as there are so many different types of teas you can use for making kombucha.
benefit of green tea on it’s own
Yes. Once upon a time, good ole uncle dave (that’s what I’m calling myself since it not only sounds cool.. as of 3.4 years ago it became true! that’s my sis and her awesome daughter Juniper Lindenbaum).
So where was I… ah, that’s right, you see before becoming a kombuchaholic, I was a huge tea fan in the traditional sense and drank green tea by the gallon! Being the operations director of an awesome tea company before starting getkombucha.com I also benefited with this 🙂
Let’s start there. Before we jump into the kombucha green tea benefit, let’s talk about straight up green tea benefits.
Here’s a list of some of its amazing benefits — benefits that you may not have been aware of. Some of these benefits are still being debated, so please do your own research if you want to use green tea for medicinal purposes.
- Weight Loss. Green tea increases the metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.
- Diabetes. Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can prevent high insulin spikes and resulting fat storage.
- Heart Disease. Scientists think, green tea works on the lining of blood vessels, helping keep them stay relaxed and better able to withstand changes in blood pressure. It may also protect against the formation of clots, which are the primary cause of heart attacks.
- Esophageal Cancer. It can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, but it is also widely thought to kill cancer cells in general without damaging the healthy tissue around them.
Ok.. so let’s talk about that last one for a moment b/c it’s a bit controversial. Why? Because there is also some research that drinking tea can actually cause mouth cancer!! WTF!!
Cancer is not a single disease, but rather a number of diseases characterized by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells in the body that are caused by both internal and external factors. Of the external factors, the two major contributors to deaths are tobacco use and poor diet. Indeed, it has been estimated that fully one third of all cancers are related to tobacco use and one third to poor diet. We usually think of diet as the food we eat, but it is important also to consider the fluids we drink and their possible contribution to health.
So stop smoking Twinkies and eating cigarettes! Or maybe that’s the other way around. ok, here comes the bomb…
Ironically, the earliest studies on tea and cancer hinted at the possibility that tea might actually cause cancer. Initial evidence suggested that some populations drinking large quantities of tea had higher rates of esophageal cancer, but upon careful examination it was found that the high rates… were due to the temperature at which the tea was consumed rather than the tea itself. For example, in some parts of northern China it is customary to drink very hot tea, and this was associated with a 2- to 3-fold increase in risk. In the U.S., U.K., Australia and many other countries, it is customary to drink either iced tea or tea with lemon or milk, and thus its temperature is lower.
And this my friends is why you really have to comb through your research with a full on body brush scrub and not just a little hair pick you got at the dollar store (note: no offense to the dollar store.. your 20 pack barbie pencils and fiddle faddle are pretty amazing!).
But when you start to begin to study research and break it down you can easily see that any study can be twisted like a pretzel (or cinnabon). So let this be a lesson, if you enjoy hot tea make sure it’s not “burn the roof of my mouth like a hot slice of pizza” type hot and you should be good to go!
green tea skin benefits
Green tea can apparently benefit with skin wrinkles and the signs of skin aging. This is because of their antioxidant benefit and the benefit of anti-inflammatory activities. Both animal and human studies have demonstrated that green tea applied topically can reduce sun damage.
We currently produce, in my humble opinion, the best facial toner you have never heard of. And while the goal was to make it with the best and fewest ingredients (my charlie brown, have you read some of the ingredients in skin care products!!! if you can’t pronounce it perhaps don’t slather it on your face), we are thinking about incorporating green tea to the mix because of all the amazing skin benefits it processes.
green tea benefits for women (ladies first!)
Natural News did a nice compilation on Green Tea Benefits for woman who have breast cancer and how they can benefit…
Consumption of green tea was closely associated with decreased numbers of axillary lymph node metastases among premenopausal patients with stages I and II. They also found that increased consumption of green tea was correlated with decreased recurrence of stages I and II.
The researchers concluded, “Our results indicate that increased consumption of green tea prior to clinical cancer onset is significantly associated with improved prognosis of stage I and II breast cancer.”
– Prescription for Natural Cures: A Self-Care Guide for Treating Health Problems with Natural Remedies Including Diet and Nutrition, Nutritional Supplements, Bodywork, and Moreby James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.
Even more interesting is that it appears green tea is unique compared to, let’s say black teas, in this regard…
…women who regularly drank black tea, on the other hand, didn’t have a reduction in their risk. The good news is that this study revealed that you don’t need to drink buckets full of green tea to benefit from it. The best green tea comes from the Shizuoka area in Japan; it grows organically and has no additives.- Timeless Secrets of Health & Rejuvenation: Unleash The Natural Healing Power That Lies Dormant Within Youby Andreas Moritz
green tea benefits for men (yes, real men drink tea… and wrestle alligators)
Green tea should be a part of everyday health for men. That’s because green tea contains compounds that are important for maintaining men’s health (including preventing prostate cancer), protecting against heart disease (the number one killer of men), and fighting overweight/obesity (72.3 percent of men), among other benefits.
Green tea’s medicinal powers are in catechins, potent antioxidants that have demonstrated a variety of health-enhancing properties. Among the several different types of catechins, the most powerful is epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG.
In a study published in Cancer Prevention Research, for example, investigators reported that antioxidants in green tea, mainly EGCG, significantly reduced the levels of prostate specific antigen (PSA) and two other indicators for prostate cancer in men who had the disease.
And just like the ladies, it appears that green tea (possibly thanks to EGCG) can help with cancer in men too!
Here’s a video on tons of awesome green tea tips for all those that like to watch and learn!
Catechins may also benefit men who have pre-cancerous prostate lesions called prostate intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN). Men who have PIN have a high risk of developing “full-on” prostate cancer, so they naturally are interested in ways to reduce that risk. One possibility may be EGCG, according to a study published in Cancer Research. Sixty men who had high-grade PIN received either three 200-mg capsules of catechins daily or a placebo. After one year, only one tumor was found among the 30 treated men compared with nine discovered in the 30 controls.
I see this post has already began to get longer to read than it is to steep a glass of green tea and I don’t want you to over-steep. So, I will wait till tomorrow to discus how and why you want to be incorporating green tea into your kombucha brewing… and more importantly what is the best way to do this!