A beverage that combines great flavour and a multitude of health benefits, Ceylon tea is loved by people all over the world. Despite Ceylon Black Tea’s dominance over the export market, Ceylon Green Tea has started to gain a spotlight for itself. Its demand is powered by the advantages these green leaves offer to its consumers. A good source of the polyphenol epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), Ceylon Green Tea also contains a higher concentration of antioxidants including myricetin, quercetin, and kaempferol.(1)
Made of unoxidised leaves of Camellia sinensis, green tea is one of the least processed types of tea and contains a large number of antioxidants and polyphenols which provide numerous health benefits.
Green tea consists of huge amounts of catechins and flavonoids which also exhibit antioxidant activities that support the burning of the body while boosting metabolism that eases the digestion process resulting in weight loss. The same compounds help in the exercise-induced reduction of abdominal fat in both male and female. (2)
EGCG, one of the most important polyphenols in green tea also has anti-inflammatory properties that help to protect human cells from damage caused by oxidative stress by suppressing the activity of pro-inflammatory chemicals in the human body. (3) It also reduces the risk of being involved with inflammation-driven health conditions such as heart diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer. (4)
A multitude of flavonoids in Ceylon Green Tea including EGCG, myricetin, quercetin, and kaempferol helps to reduce the risk of developing skin, breast, lung, colon, oesophagal and bladder cancers (5) (6)
The anti-oxidants, extra vitamins and minerals in Ceylon Green Tea and, not only improves the overall health of the human body but helps to maintain healthy skin and hair.(7)
Drinking Ceylon Green Tea and applying it on the skin can help to reduce the signs of ageing by improving the skin’s elasticity, repairing the damage caused by exposure to the sun and improving the moisture quality of the skin.
Vitamin B2 and E in Green Tea helps to maintain good skin by supporting new cell growth and hydration and nourishment of the skin cells. Green tea also contains caffeine and tannins that help to shrink blood vessels around the eyes, reducing puffy skin and dark circles.
The availability of antioxidants that fight free radicals helps Ceylon Green Tea reduce acne breakouts, reduce inflammation and cut down sebum production to reduce acne. (8)
Catechins in green tea reduce the production of DTH, the hormone that is responsible for hair loss while polyphenols help to strengthen the hair root ensuring hair growth and regrowth. In addition, EGCG in green tea helps to check the effects of two hormones namely, testosterone and dihydrotestosterone in increasing the hair loss in men and slow hair loss in men above the age of 50 years. (9)
A combination of chemical compounds in green tea makes it calming but alerting at the same time. Rich in EGCG and the amino acid L-theanine, green tea improves memory while soothing nerves and calming and relaxing the brain by improving functional connectivity from the parietal cortex to the frontal cortex of the brain during the processing of work memory.(10)
L-theanine in green tea power-up the activity of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA, which calms the brain and enhances anti-anxiety effects. The comparatively lower amounts of caffeine present in green tea does not hinder the function of Theanine and therefore helps to reduce stress and anxiety. (11)
Long before scientific and medical research discovered the multiple benefits of green tea, it had been used as a home remedy to soothe many ailments including menstrual pain, gastritis, and flu.