Green Tea

As I am Japanese, I am often asked about green tea and many people are surprised when I say green tea contains caffeine.

Here are some other facts and reported benefits of green tea.

1) One cup of coffee contains 100-150mg of caffeine; a cup of green tea has only about 25mg of caffeine.

2) Green tea contains two other stimulants in addition to caffeine. These substances, theobromine and theophylline, may affect heart rate and the central nervous system in a way somewhat similar to caffeine. These substances are also found in chocolate.

3) Green tea has a natural antibiotic effect, killing bacteria in the mouth and improving the immune system to protect from cold and flu.

4) Green tea also contains Catechin which is an antioxidant that fight and may even prevent cell damage. Catechin also lowers cholesterol and blood pressure.

5) Green tea has been shown to improve blood flow and lower cholesterol.

6) Green tea promotes greater activity in the working memory area of our brains.