How Can Green Tea Benefit My Family?

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How Can Green Tea Benefit My Family?

By: Carrie Lauth

No doubt you've heard of Green Tea and the health benefits you can experience from drinking it.

Are you giving your family this powerful antioxidant daily?

Here is a refresher on some of the benefits you can experience with Green Tea.

Historically, Green Tea has been one of the world's most popular beverages. The Chinese have been drinking it for thousands of years. It is now the second most popular beverage in the world, after water!

Green tea is made from the Camellia Sinensis is black tea. The difference is that Green Tea is unfermented, which means that the powerful antioxidant properties are fully intact.

The power of Green Tea lies in its catechin polyphenols, particularly something called epigallocatechin gallate (say that 5 times fast!). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: not only does it inhibit the growth of tumors, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue.

Green Tea has been reported to:

*Assist in weight loss.

According to a a study conducted at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, Green Tea seems to help the body burn more calories.

Green Tea also slows down the release of carbohydrate in the body, preventing sharp rises in blood sugar.

I know a couple who lost ten pounds each in the first few weeks after drinking Green Tea every day, with no other changes in their diet.

*Boosts the immune system.

Green Tea is one of the most potent antioxidants available. It also contains some vitamins and minerals. Green Tea lowers the risk of cancer.

In 1994 the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study indicating that drinking Green Tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent. University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a compound in Green Tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells.

A study in September 1997 by the University of Kansas reported that Green Tea has the highest amount of any known antioxidant. EGCG (that tongue twisting antioxidant found in Green Tea) is 100 times more effective than Vitamin C, and twice as powerful as resveratrol (the antioxidant in red wine).

*Lowers cholesterol

University of California scientists discovered that the caffeine in coffee is bound with coffee bean oils, which raise cholesterol levels.

In contrast, research indicates that drinking Green Tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.

Green Tea Benefits Moms

*Helps with morning sickness

There are no studies that confirm this, this is a personal observation.

I had severe, prolonged morning sickness with all 3 of my pregnancies.

With my third child, I discovered Green Tea and noticed that when I drank it, not only did it ease the nausea, but it seemed to have a mildly stimulating effect on my appetite and it helped me keep the food that I ate down. My guess is that the astringent effect of the polyphenols caused this.

Historically Green Tea has been used as a digestive aid. That can certainly be helpful to a pregnant woman.

*Natural energy boost

Again, I could find no studies that proved this, but I drink Green Tea primarily for the natural energy boost it gives me, without any unpleasant side effects. I used to drink a coffee in the afternoon, get shaky and hyper, only to crash later on.

Green Tea doesn't cause those unpleasant side effects, and it also gives me the same feeling of "clearing the cobwebs" from my brain.

What Mom doesn't need this?

*Lowers the risk of blood clots

Green tea has been shown to be effective in preventing abnormal clotting of blood, which is especially important during pregnancy.

Green tea is non-toxic and safe. It doesn't cause birth defects and has no adverse affect on pregnancy or breastfeeding.

In fact, a study conducted at Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program of Northern California, researchers found that women who drank more than one half cup of green tea every day doubled their odds of conceiving.

No significant association was found for other beverages, researchers concluded that some chemical component of tea might have been responsible for the increase in fertility.

Green Tea Benefits Kids!

*Helps prevent tooth decay

Green Tea can kill the bacteria that causes plaque. Does your child's juice do that?

Having a hard time getting your kid to eat his veggies?

A cup of Green Tea has more antioxidant ability than a cup of broccoli or spinach!

*Helps prevent illness

Previous tests prove Green Tea can neutralize germs, including some that cause diarrhea, pneumonia, cystitis and skin infections.

New research by Milton Schiffenbauer of Pace University finds that Green Tea deactivates viruses.

Recent research at Harvard indicated that tea chemicals stimulated T-cells that bolster immunity against bacteria and viruses.

Would fewer illnesses make life more pleasant in your home?

*Ok, so why aren't you drinking Green Tea already?

If you're like me, it's because the Green Tea you've tried tastes terrible. I've tried many brands that reminded me of diaper rash I'm not kidding!

I found a brand of Green Tea that tastes also has additional nutrients and fruit extracts added. It comes in a variety of flavors including peach, cinnamon, mint, raspberry, and lemon. A few are even available as a powder form for convenience, no brewing necessary.

My kids and picky husband even love it.

It's formulated by Chinese Herbalist Dr. Tei Fu Chen and his wife, Dr. Oi-Lin Chen, a Western trained Medical Doctor, in their manufacturing plant in Torrance, CA. The herbs are grown organically under very strict conditions to ensure quality. They are not irradiated nor sprayed with pesticides.

Contact me for more information about obtaining these delicious varieties of Green Tea.

Here's to your health!

Carrie Lauth


About The Author

Carrie Lauth is a homeschooling, work from home Mom of 3.


Adrian 09.06.2012. 16:38

What are the health benefits of Green Tea? I've been drinking green tea regularly for while now, usually i sweeten it with honey.. What are the health benefits of green tea? Someone told me that it has many health benefits, what are they?


Admin 09.06.2012. 16:38

I first started drinking Green Tea about 2 years ago after I heard about it from an aunt (with Chinese family how could I not?) and really like the taste now. At first I used to add the water boiling and it would be soo bitter but if you add it a minute after boiling the taste is so fresh and delicate, but I can't stand it with anything sweet!

Drinking green tea has many health benefits, for one it is full of antioxidants that keep the immune system working well. I hardly ever got sick or had colds before but I am told it should help people boost their immune systems, just as eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruit would add more antioxidants and vitamins into the diet and have notable health benefits.

Believe it or not rubbing green tea bags on your face after dipping in hot (not boiling) water really clears up acne and skin imperfections. Just don't let your neighbours see you doing it. GAH.

You can find out more information about green tea benefits via this article Good read!


<3 Oreos 04.11.2009. 19:53

What are the health benefits of Green Tea? I've been drinking green tea regularly for while now, usually i sweeten it with honey.. What are the health benefits of green tea? Someone told me that it has many health benefits, what are they?

<3 Oreos

Admin 04.11.2009. 19:53

I first started drinking Green Tea about 2 years ago after I heard about it from an aunt (with Chinese family how could I not?) and really like the taste now. At first I used to add the water boiling and it would be soo bitter but if you add it a minute after boiling the taste is so fresh and delicate, but I can't stand it with anything sweet!

Drinking green tea has many health benefits, for one it is full of antioxidants that keep the immune system working well. I hardly ever got sick or had colds before but I am told it should help people boost their immune systems, just as eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruit would add more antioxidants and vitamins into the diet and have notable health benefits.

Believe it or not rubbing green tea bags on your face after dipping in hot (not boiling) water really clears up acne and skin imperfections. Just don't let your neighbours see you doing it. GAH.


Beautiful_dreamer 30.01.2007. 02:59

Are Jasmine Tea and Green Tea good for you? What are the benefits? I've quit drinking coffee about a few months ago and have replaced it with drinking jasmine and green tea - i found that i'm not as "anxious" and "ansy" and it also keeps me more awake. I feel that sometimes i need to depend on tea to give me a little boost - are jasmine tea and green tea good for you? If so, what are the benefits?


Admin 30.01.2007. 02:59

My family is into the whole chinese teas. Jasmine and green tea are very mind calming. They are good when you have an upset stomach because they are not very acidic, also they are very natural and there aren't any artificial know what's also good? Green tea ice cream/gelato lol.


Captain Falcon 02.10.2012. 22:57

What are the benefits of drinking green tea? I heard that green tea is really healthy and can boost your metabolism is it true

Captain Falcon

Admin 02.10.2012. 22:57

Eliminating free radicals. Tea is generally referred to as an antioxidant which means that it features to get rid of wastes and free radicals that could be harmful to your physical state and psychological well-being. Individuals who practically experience a lot of stress and exposed to loads of pollutants within the surroundings will have bad skin, experience adverse signs and symptoms which often makes them look more stressed and depressed. Green tea fights free radicals inside the body utilizing the antioxidants referred to as catechins. These will initiate repair and prevent further damage. Free radicals are molecules that lack an electron. They are very unstable and cause several harmful effects in the body. Green tea will help in eliminating and getting rid of these free radicals.

Producing healthy skin. Green tea is said to enhance the physical state and overall look of people once free radicals, toxins and other wastes are flushed out of the body. It protects the skin from any damage caused by the sun?s intense ultraviolet rays. Constant exposure to sunlight, insufficient rest and cigarette smoking can all result in bad skin and pores. When the person consumes green tea regularly, the condition will improve in just a couple of days. There will be noticeable results in five to seven days. You will also notice a fairer and radiant looking skin after a couple of weeks.

Relieves stress. Green tea extract may also help get rid of stress by rejuvenating and repairing the cells. People who drink green tea will be able to concentrate on work better and improve performance in numerous activities during the day because of the tea?s health benefits. Individuals may now be able to balance the various facets of their lives very well. For example attending to work, investing time along with the family and relatives and taking over extracurricular roles. The consumer will improve his likelihood of obtaining a promotion or getting appointed a special function in even bigger chores simply because of the impact of Green tea.

Boosting Immunity. Green tea is known to boost immunity and fight off numerous ailments and infections. The product will protect you against inflammation in numerous parts of the body. Microorganisms and other contaminants can be easily removed and will no longer be harmful to the entire system. People who drink or eat tea on a regular basis shows high resistance to several disorders and symptoms like flu, colds, cough, fever, headaches, muscle cramps, and so forth. Taking green tea will likely increase your lifespan, kills bacteria and other irritants and enhances how your body fights off invaders.

Quick recovery. Folks who are healing from a certain sickness will recover more quickly when taking green tea. You will realize how green tea quickly rejuvenate and heal the cells in your body, therefore improving the general physiological and psychological well-being of the individual. The herb is extremely powerful when utilized with other prescription drugs and therapeutic approaches. Make sure you notify your medical professional beforehand specially when taking other medications to stop adverse reactions and various interactions between the herb and the drugs.

Improved psychological functioning. People who take in green tea regularly for a number of weeks or months will observe better alertness and enhance mental focus. People will strengthen their memory and give you the option to focus and review much better. This is certainly mainly because of the beneficial effects like improving blood circulation into the brain, maximizing oxygen capacity of the blood, and cell rejuvenation. Even brain tumors along with other psychological problems may be prevented with the products. People will even notice how it enhances your mood right after ingesting tea. This is due to the improved neurotransmitter functioning in the brain.


trish1646 06.05.2009. 20:13

Where can I buy green tea suppositories? I have read some articles online about studies done that show a twice weekly use of green tea vaginal suppositories helps to put mild (and even severe) cervical dysplasia into recession. I can't seem to find them anywhere online! I know this is sort of a holistic / herbal thing, but certainly it must be available somewhere. Thanks!


Admin 06.05.2009. 20:13

I've never seen it applied as a vaginal suppository. The papers I've seen have studied the effects of DRINKING green tea or taking EGCg (epigallocatechin gallate), which is green tea extract, orally in pill form. And there are a few good quality studies that show green tea has some positive impact on estrogen metabolism, which indirectly benefits cervical dysplasia...

Another option to consider is diindolylmethane (DIM). This is a phytochemical found in veggies in the cabbage family... there are a few forms available for supplementation.
- I3C (indole-3-carbinol) is the pre-cursor for DIM... studies have shown it to be less effective and less safe for supplementation than DIM.
- DIM is safe and effective. Studies have shown positive response and even remission in patients with cervical dysplasia up to CIN III at doses of 200-400mg/day
- ICZ is a conversion product of I3C that is shown to be LEAST SAFE of all possible variations and it is not recommended for long-term supplementation.

You can also increase dietary sources of DIM... sprouts are highest in the active compounds. Broccoli sprouts in particular will get you the best therapeutic bang for your food buck. This is a great option for people with CIN I or for general health and prevention. If you're interested to know more, feel free to email me and I'll get back to you with the amount of sprouts you'd have to eat daily to achieve therapeutic levels of DIM.

I'd recommend a talk with your doc (or a qualified ND) about the best natural options for your specific case.

Good luck!


KissMyCastiel 16.01.2010. 19:01

What are the health benefits of drinking green chai tea? I bought a box of the Stash green chai tea yesterday. My family was shocked because I can't stand tea of any kind. But I just drank my first mug of this a few minutes ago and it tastes wonderful! It actually sort of tastes a bit like the Mexican horchata. So I'm considering taking it up regularly instead of drinking Swiss Miss and Folgers. What are the health benefits of this delicious beverage?


Admin 16.01.2010. 19:01

Your sh!t will turn green.


Christy Hashimoto 06.09.2011. 10:15

Where to buy good quality green tea? Well I've heard green tea is extremely healthy and I wanted to start drinking it. My family is classic asian and we have tons, but its really old and not that fresh. So where would I buy good quality green tea NOT from the internet. Like in local super markets. I live in boston, massachusetts.

Christy Hashimoto

Admin 06.09.2011. 10:15

First of all, yes, green tea is healthy, but it is also heavily over-hyped. And in general, all tea is healthy. Tea is not healthy like a magic's more healthy in the same way that fresh fruits and vegetables, and other whole, natural foods are healthy.

I researched this topic a fair amount and wrote the following article, if you want to read more about it and see some scientific sources cited:


If you're looking for the best quality green tea, first, I recommend buying loose-leaf tea, not tea bags.

Now, in terms of where to buy the best-quality green tea? My recommendation is to look online. There are some good tea shops in Boston, and it can be nice to buy from a local shop, but in general, the best tea is available online. Tea is easy to order online because it doesn't weigh much, so shipping tends to be affordable or reasonable.

There are many different companies to buy from...which one is best depends on your own tastes, what type of green tea you want, and what your price range is. My favorite tea company which has a good selection of inexpensive Chinese green teas is Upton Tea Imports. My favorite tea company for the highest-quality Chinese green teas is Life in Teacup. Life in Teacup also sells greener oolong teas, which you might want to look at as well.

I would encourage you to visit my tea website as's both an interactive rating and review site, and a site with informational articles about tea, so you can learn more about the different varieties of tea, and where it comes from, how it is produced, and what is known about its health effects.

Here is a good starting point for green tea:

There you can find reviews (I'm Alex Zorach, if you want to read my reviews on the site, I've reviewed a lot of different green teas!) and you can also learn about the different styles of green tea, and the difference between Chinese and Japanese green teas, and the other regions producing green tea.

Good luck!


Aaron 19.10.2010. 14:41

When does Green tea and Oolong tea leaves expire? Please be honest when answering.

I have 2 tin of green and dark green tea from a friend of mine, it's about 4 years old now and I'm not sure if it will still bring the health benefit after all that exposure and time.
Oolong - I don't care how fresh it is, it's just good to drink.

Green tea is only better if it's infused with matcha (powdered green tea)


Admin 19.10.2010. 14:41

If tea is stored properly (in an airtight container in a cool, dark, dry location), it can keep for a long time. However, it does lose flavor over time. 4 years is a long time, and most teas start to lose some flavor after 2 years or less. However, tea that has gone stale is often drinkable, just bland.

Oolong tea tends to keep longer than green tea. But it's hard to generalize. The best way for you to check this out is to brew a cup of tea. If it tastes fresh, it's still fresh. If it tastes "off" or bad, discard it. If it's still drinkable, but just bland, it's up to you--you may try blending it with other herbs or flavoring; my family often adds mint leaves to old, stale black tea, so that we can use it up.

About the health benefits, the health benefits of tea probably correspond fairly well to the freshness of the tea. Just as the flavor chemicals break down, the antioxidants that are responsible for the health benefits of tea also break down over time. If you want to maximize your health benefits, you're best off drinking fresh tea.


Aaron 21.01.2009. 17:40

What type of tea is the best for you? I've heard green tea is very good, and I drink Tetley and Earl Grey on a daily basis- any more suggestions?


Admin 21.01.2009. 17:40

In regards to health benefits, Green Tea has the most proven results (with scientific study) that benefit your health. Especially regarding dieting. Of course it's no miracle cure or anything, but any little bit helps right? I actually take green tea supplements and it helps a little bit with weight loss (keep in mind it's very subtle and you will still need to workout and diet) and I feel more energetic in the day..which is probably why it helps in weight loss.

As for drinking tea. It depends on your budget. The best of course comes from specialty tea shops that you buy by weight, Then whole foods type stores, then of course just regular grocery stores (or asian grocery stores). Really it depends on your budget and how important tea is to you. If you're like my Dad and just drink black tea 5 times a day, he just drinks cheap stuff all the time (like lipton bags from safeway) and then when he's with his family or friends he whips out the expensive stuff from Hong Kong.

As for myself I don't drink tea too often, and I like all varieties. So I buy the expensive stuff from specialty tea shops and I make it more of a treat rather than a daily drink. Of course I have nothing against drinking cheap black tea at Dim Sum or cheap green tea with my Sushi.



Venkatesh_Nani 23.08.2009. 05:59

What foods help women to prevent lung,breast and cervical cancers? some may say that green tea but too much green tea is not good for health and i oppose green tea because it may not suit some people and weak immunity and cancer patients. Sometimes greentea may also take lives of patients atat time.

So no to greentea.

Insted i wanna know that vegetables which when cooked and eaten can prevent cancer in women.
I also like to say that eating dry fruits and curd may not suit cancer patients and may cause severe vomtings!
dry fruits and nuts may not suit some people.


Admin 23.08.2009. 05:59


Food habits can reduce cancers and specially, Cervical, Breast, Colorectal cancers.

Top Ten Cancer Fighting Food

1 - Yellow and Green Vegetables-
Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts are the best known varieties of the ?cruciferous' vegetables and all have good records as cancer fighters because they're rich in ?phytochemicals' such as sulforaphane. -
Spinach is a dark, leafy green vegetable high in antioxidants and rich in ?carotenoids' and folic acid, which are known to combat some cancers-
Pumpkin and carrots, which are high in ?beta-carotene', have been shown to have protective effects against stomach cancers.

2 - Tomatoes -
Tomatoes are rich in antioxidants especially vitamin C and ?lycopene'. Antioxidants protect the body from cell and tissue damage, which is caused by harmful molecules called free radicals. Cooking tomatoes in foods such as spaghetti sauce can actually boost their ability to fight cancers.

3 - Oranges-
Rich in vitamin C and ?bioflavonoids', oranges and their juice are thought to be able to improve the blood lipid (fats) profile, reduce oxidative stress, and improve blood levels of HDL cholesterol.

4 - Garlic -
This pungent member of the onion family has been hailed for its therapeutic benefits, especially for cardiovascular conditions. Garlic has also been reported to lower blood cholesterol and confer protection against cancer development and progression, and to boost general immunity.

5 - Tea -
Tea contains antioxidant ?polyphenols' called catechins. Green tea contains the highest levels of catechins, followed by oolong and black teas. Studies have shown catechins halt tumour cells and protect healthy cells from damage. Drinking three coffee-sized mugs of green tea a day might provide useful levels of polyphenols.

6 - High Fibre Foods -
Either soluble or insoluble, dietary fibre (roughage) is not digested in the stomach or small intestine, as most other nutrients are. Some components of dietary fibber are broken down and digested in the large intestine (colon). Foods high in fibber such as grains, cereals, apples, and whole wheat are thought help protect against cancer of the colon.

7 - Peppers and Spices -
Capsaicin, the active ingredient in hot chilli peppers, is thought to be able to kill cancer cells by damaging the cell membranes and limiting the amount of oxygen that reaches them. Many dried herbs we cook with, and some you may have in your garden, also contain very high concentrations of phytochemical antioxidants which have health benefits.

8 - Beans -
Rich in isoflavones, a type of phytochemical, beans are thought to provide protection against prostate cancer. Soybeans have also been shown to have breast cancer-fighting properties as well as protective effects against cardiovascular disease.

9 - Olive Oil -
One of the best and healthiest types of fat and high in phytochemical antioxidants and vitamin E. Olive oil is a major component of the so-called Mediterranean diet. Olive oil is thought to be helpful in prevention of breast and colon cancer.

10 ? Berries-
Berries including raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, cranberries, and red and purple grapes have high amounts of ?ellagic acid', a plant nutrient with protective effects against oesophageal and colon cancer in animals. Berries are also rich in powerful antioxidant flavonoids. Ellagic acid alone does not account for the fruit's ability to inhibit cancer, so a healthy diet should contain suitable quantities of fruit-


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