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Worldwide, tea is consumed more than any other liquid except water. People of all ages have historically enjoyed the infusion from the Camellia Sinensis tree as a beverage as well as for its medicinal properties. Research has shown that tea does indeed have many health affecting qualities; and numerous publications extolling the benefits of tea have contributed to the tremendous growth in its consumption. Well known as a source for various nutrients and antioxidants, tea has gained even more popularity in modern times with claims of it's usefulness in fighting heart disease, cancer, obesity, tooth decay, nausea, and all manner of digestive disorders, stimulating the circulation of blood and maintaining the balance of incretion.

Green tea and its health benefits have been enjoyed by Asians for many centuries. From early times, green tea has been highly valued for its medicinal uses. Studies into the effects of green tea have progressed far in recent years, and scientific research is now confirming 4,000 years of folklore and medical practice in Asia, that green tea is a key element in achieving and maintaining good health. What Asians have know for centuries about drinking green tea can now benefit the entire world.

The health benefits of green tea are varied and wide-ranging. Because its chemical makeup gives positive affects to so many different bodily systems, it makes sense to use green tea to achieve those health benefits: antioxidant, cancer prevention, cholesterol reduction, blood pressure reduction, antibacterial and antiviral activity, reduction of blood sugar,.

Green tea, with its all-important chemical compounds, has also shown many other benefits and potential uses.

Preventing and hastening recovery from colds and flu.

Preventing bad breath (halitosis).

Aiding with the prevention and relief of type-two diabetes.

Blocking key receptors in producing allergic reactions.

Aiding Parkinson's disease sufferers.

Slowing the HIV infection process.

Maintains healthy fluid balance

Relieves fatigue and stress.

Boosting the immune function of skin cells.

Relieving and preventing arthritis.

Reducing the risk of stroke.

Preventing osteoporosis.

Reducing DNA damage in smokers.

Delaying the signs of ageing.

Improving bone structure.

Preventing dangerous blood-clotting.

Calorie burning - green tea is increasingly being used as part of a healthy diet, as it can play a role in controlling body weight and composition via the activation of thermo genesis, fat oxidation, or both. It works by increasing energy expenditure, and has thermogenic properties which promote fat burning.

(China.org.cn, Terrace Tea House, August 8, 2011)

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