Are you a tea drinker? If so, you might have heard some lovely things about jasmine green tea. This heady drink combines the goodness of green tea with the fragrance of jasmine flowers. And while this match made in heaven is pleasing to your palate, it’s just as good for your health. From its antioxidant content to its relaxing properties, there are plenty of reasons to brew yourself a cup.
1. Cancer-Fighting Antioxidants
Compared to other types of tea, green tea has a noteworthy level of antioxidant activity. It contains higher levels of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a polyphenol that has potent cancer-fighting abilities. This component is actually lost in the fermentation process used to make black tea.1 Researchers even found that it helps battle the big C by inducing death of cancer cells. During the study, they compared the activity of different phenolic acids along with the flavonoids in green tea. The conclusion? Epigallocatechin gallate was
2. Reduced Blood Pressure
Hypertension and stress can cause blood pressure levels to skyrocket, placing you at risk for cardiovascular problems like heart attacks or strokes. This calls for a simple natural remedy that can help control your blood pressure. Cue the jasmine green tea! Thanks to its distinctive aromatic fragrance, this drink can relax your body and mind. As a result, your stress subsides and your blood pressure calms down. Research has even revealed that drinking green tea does have a favorable effect on your blood pressure, especially when it comes to obesity-linked hypertension.3
Aside from the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of flavonoids in jasmine green tea, this tasty beverage also has cardiovascular benefits. Those flavonoids can improve coronary flow reserve, enabling more blood to flow through your coronary arteries.4
3. Reduced Cholesterol Levels
Health conscious people have been rooting for green tea for quite some time. So, it’s no surprise that jasmine green tea is a stellar choice for the body. Researchers have found that drinking green tea can cause a significant reduction of your total cholesterol and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels.5 Clearly, it’s pretty powerful. Animal studies have also found that jasmine green tea epicatechins (natural
4. Immune System Boost
When your immune system feels good, so do you. It turns out that it can flourish with some help from jasmine green tea. Researchers have found that the EGCG in green tea can increase the number of immune-regulating T cells in the body. It doesn’t alter the DNA code, though – it just exerts a positive influence on gene expression. This mechanism doubles as a safe dietary route for improved immune system strength and function.7
5. Diabetes Fighter
Research has found that diet may influence type 1 diabetes with autoimmune roots. For example, green tea is a staple in Japan and China. It can’t be a coincidence that broader population studies have noticed a very low incidence of autoimmune type 1 diabetes in these countries.8
For those with type 2 diabetes, the catechins in jasmine green tea can keep fasting blood insulin levels at a steady level.9 The beverage also inhibits the action of amylase, an enzyme that digests
6. Fat Buster
Green tea can rev up your metabolism, allowing you to burn 3 to 4 percent extra calories on an average every day. Research also shows that it can increase fat oxidation.11 In one study, obese test subjects on a balanced diet plan who took green tea lost 3.3 kg more than the control group by the twelfth week of the study.12
7. Aroma Benefits
Green tea isn’t the only one with crazy good health benefits. Jasmine brings its own perks to the table. As an aromatherapy fragrance, jasmine essential oil is said to be a good antidepressant. It can leave you feeling fresh and active, creating a general sense of well-being. In fact, the fragrance is a popular aphrodisiac in some cultures.13
How Much Can You Drink?
There’s no doubt that jasmine green tea can work wonders for you. But how much should you have? Experts suggest a few cups every day to reap all its benefits. One Harvard Health report explains that in countries where green tea is drunk regularly, the norm is around three cups a day – not more.14 Overdoing it may do you more harm than good.
|↑1, ↑4||Cheng, Tsung O. “All teas are not created equal: the Chinese green tea and cardiovascular health.” International journal of cardiology 108, no. 3 (2006): 301-308.|
|↑2||Du, Guang-Jian, Zhiyu Zhang, Xiao-Dong Wen, Chunhao Yu, Tyler Calway, Chun-Su Yuan, and Chong-Zhi Wang. “Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) is the most effective cancer chemopreventive polyphenol in green tea.” Nutrients 4, no. 11 (2012): 1679-1691.|
|↑3||Bogdanski, Pawel, Joanna Suliburska, Monika Szulinska, Marta Stepien, Danuta Pupek-Musialik, and Anna Jablecka. “Green tea extract reduces blood pressure, inflammatory biomarkers, and oxidative stress and improves
|↑5||Onakpoya, I., E. Spencer, C. Heneghan, and M. Thompson. “The effect of green tea on blood pressure and lipid profile: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials.” Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases 24, no. 8 (2014): 823-836.|
|↑6||Chan, Ping Tim, Wing Ping Fong, Yuk Lin Cheung, Yu Huang, Walter Kwok Keung Ho, and Zhen-Yu Chen. “Jasmine green tea epicatechins are hypolipidemic in hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus) fed a high fat diet.” The Journal of nutrition 129, no. 6 (1999): 1094-1101.|
|↑7||Wong, Carmen P., Linda P. Nguyen, Sang K. Noh, Tammy M. Bray, Richard S. Bruno, and Emily Ho. “Induction
|↑8||Karvonen, Marjatta, Maarit Viik-Kajander, Elena Moltchanova, Ingrid Libman, R. O. N. A. L. D. LaPorte, and Jaakko Tuomilehto. “Incidence of childhood type 1 diabetes worldwide. Diabetes Mondiale (DiaMond) Project Group.” Diabetes care 23, no. 10 (2000): 1516-1526.|
|↑9||Li, Yanchuan, Cheng Wang, Qingjie Huai, Fuchuan Guo, Liyan Liu, Rennan Feng, and Changhao Sun. “Effects of tea or tea extract on metabolic profiles in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus: a meta‐analysis of ten randomized controlled trials.” Diabetes/metabolism research and reviews 32, no. 1 (2016): 2-10.|
|↑10||Green Tea for Type 2 Diabetes. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.|
|↑11||Dulloo, Abdul G., Claudette Duret, Dorothée Rohrer, Lucien Girardier, Nouri Mensi, Marc Fathi, Philippe Chantre, and Jacques Vandermander. “Efficacy of a green tea extract rich in catechin polyphenols and caffeine in increasing 24-h energy expenditure and fat oxidation in humans.” The American journal of clinical nutrition 70, no. 6 (1999): 1040-1045.|
|↑12||Auvichayapat, Paradee, Montira Prapochanung, Oratai Tunkamnerdthai, Bung-orn Sripanidkulchai, Narong Auvichayapat, Bandit Thinkhamrop, Soontorn Kunhasura, Srisuda Wongpratoom, Supat Sinawat, and Pranithi Hongprapas.
|↑13||Sayowan, Winai, Vorasith Siripornpanich, Tapanee Hongratanaworakit, Naiphinich Kotchabhakdi, and Nijsiri Ruangrungsi. “The effects of jasmine oil inhalation on brain wave activities and emotions.” J Health Res vol 27, no. 2 (2013).|
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