19 Feb Are All Green Tea’s Created Equal?
I’ve learned that not all green tea’s are created equal.
Like most of us, I would always purchase bagged teas from my regular grocery store. When it came to green tea, I didn’t have a preference because I figured they were all the same. I just looked for the cheapest box of tea and kept it moving!
Now that I’ve been learning more about the various ways to to improve my health and heal diseases naturally, I have started to pay very close attention to everything I put in my body.
My husband and I drink green tea very often, so naturally I wanted to learn more about the green tea we were consuming. I learned about the process that goes into making the grocery store bagged teas versus loose tea. I learned that there are different grades of green tea. I learned about the caffeine levels in green tea vs coffee. Is there a difference? Does green tea benefit those of us with endometriosis?
A few weeks ago I started feeling sick, which is weird because I haven’t gotten a cold or the flu in YEARS! My body was aching, my throat was scratchy, I had a pounding headache that wouldn’t go away, and I was very very tired. My husband told me he found this really great loose Jasmine Pearl Green Tea at a local farmers market. He asked me if he should get it for me to help me feel better. I said “Sure.” So he purchased it, made me a big cup, and I drank it. By the end of the day I felt like a new person.
I’m NOT kidding.
This is absolutely the reason why I am writing this post. I couldn’t believe how good I felt, so I decided I would write a blog post about it and tell the world! I drank it the next day, and the next, and I started feeling like a million bucks. I just knew there was something different about this green tea. I literally didn’t take any medicine or any extra supplements (other than the vitamins, etc… that I always take).
It had to be the tea. So I started my research.
Here is what I found out:
- There is definitely a difference in the quality of store-bought bagged tea and loose tea. There is a huge compromise in quality from full leaf tea. Most grocery store bagged teas are not the full leaf. They are dust and trimmings that fell off of the whole tea leaf, which instantly lowers the quality of the tea. Also, some of these common tea brands use bleached paper product and other harmful chemicals for the tea bags. Those of us with health issues know that any trace amount of chemicals, like the bleach used in the tea bags, can affect our health. Of course chemicals will always be part of our lives because there is practically no way to escape them all, but I like to cut down on any exposure to chemicals that I can.
- Caffeine was also a concern of mine. I always purchased decaffeinated green tea. I must tell you that if you purchase loose tea then it will have caffeine in it. The good thing is that the levels are MUCH lower in tea than coffee. I have had an issue with headaches since I was 14 years old so I stopped consuming products with caffeine to help with this problem. I can say that since I’ve been drinking this tea I have not had ANY extra issues with my headaches and I don’t feel hyper. I know many people think that drinking products with caffeine will give them a ton of energy, but my husband and I don’t experience this effect with the tea.
- And of course I had to know if green tea can help those of us with endometriosis. I learned that there is no direct link between healing endometriosis and drinking green tea, BUT green tea is an immune system booster. Too much estrogen is something that most of us with Endo have. Boosting our immune system is a great way to combat illness and estrogen dominance. Many studies have shown that green tea may help lower the amount of estrogen in our bodies. Here is a short article discussing green tea and estrogen.
- And of course green tea can help with loads of other diseases and health issues from cancer to cholesterol to Irritable Bowel Disease. Green tea is full of antioxidants.
So if you’re able, try to find some high-grade loose green tea. There are some companies who claim to make tea bags with zero chemicals, but I don’t know the names of any. The Jasmine Pearl Green Tea that I’m showing you in this post tastes really good. It has a floral aroma and a light floral taste. I usually put about 5 or 6 pearls in a regular sized glass. Pour boiling water over it, add some agave, lemon, and let it steep for at least 30 minutes. Give it a try!
*****I am not a doctor/dietician/nutritionist. I’m a normal person doing my own health research and sharing what I learn with you all! Drink green tea at your own risk.