Green Tea: An Elixir of Life?


Julian Zepeda

Green tea is scientifically proven to help you live a longer healthier life. It is found that if you drink green tea on a regular basis, it is healthier than water. Green tea is helpful when you are sick. It fights germs and diseases to help you have a good immune system. Some say it’s the healthiest drink on the planet.

Green tea originated in China, but its production and manufacture has spread to other countries in East Asia. Green tea was first discovered in about 2737 BC during the reign of Emperor Shennong. 

Green tea is a popular drink in many places but it is extremely popular in Japan. Studies found that the Japanese people who drink green tea regularly have a lower risk of developing heart diseases. It’s a 30 percent lower risk for women, and 20 percent for men. Green tea has many antioxidants and nutrients that’s proven to have positive effects on your body.

 Studies show that women who drink green tea regularly will have a lower risk of developing breast cancer. It is not just women who benefit; researchers found that all people who drink green tea have an overall lower risk of all cancers. Since green tea has all of these benefits, everyone should think about drinking it. 

So how much green tea do you need to be drinking?  Researchers show that people between the ages of 40-79 who drink about 5 cups of green tea everyday live a longer healthier life. However, you do not want to overdo it.  There are some negative side effects of drinking too much green tea. Those being, headaches, sleeping issues, nervousness, heart issues etc.

A limited amount of green tea everyday is good for your body and your health. Green tea also helps your oral hygiene. According to a study in 2016, green tea helps fight cavities, gum disease, and bad breath.

Green tea also has caffeine to give you a jolt of energy. Although some people think that tea is caffeine free, it isn’t. Green tea has about 30 and 50 milligrams of caffeine per 8-ounce serving.  Dr. Janae Brown explains that “because it’s a stimulant, it can increase heart rate and blood pressure, which impacts someone’s overall health.” Even though there are rarely any negative effects, it is still a risk.

This tea can also help you relax. It decreases the amount of stress and increases the amount of relaxation and concentration. You can drink tea if you are stressed to help you relax and stay focused. Some say adding sugar to your tea is a way to help your body easily absorb it.

Green tea benefits your overall health, so drink up.