Can you guess what the second most consumed beverage on the planet is, after water? Surprisingly, it’s not cola but green tea! It is widely consumed in Japan and China as part of their traditional culture and is used in natural indigestion remedies.
Green tea has a long history, going back almost 5,000 years. In 2,737 BC, Chinese Emperor Shennong drank water that had accidentally been boiled with a dead tea leaf in it. From then on it was the chosen drink of Chinese high society. It was not until the 14th century that ordinary Asian people could afford green tea, and they drank it for its medicinal qualities.
Traders brought tea to Europe from Asia in the 16th century, when it quickly became Britain’s national beverage. Of course, the early American colonists continued to enjoy drinking tea. When Britain imposed a Tea Tax on the drink, it sparked a revolt known as the Boston Tea Party in 1773 which culminated in American Independence. Tea has a lot to answer for in history!
How Green Tea Differs from Black Tea
Green tea is higher than black or white tea in polyphenols and antioxidants, which may be what makes it so effective in indigestion remedies. Green tea comes from the same Camellia Sinensis plant as more popular black tea. However, green tea is made by drying freshly picked green tea leaves using steam or heat to prevent the oxidization process. The oxidation process is what makes black tea black.
The speedy preservation process used in green tea retains more polyphenols, including catechin epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) which is thought to have powerful health benefits.
Those who are affected by caffeine should look for caffeine-free green tea and green tea extracts to use as indigestion remedies; and people with existing liver problems should avoid taking concentrated green tea extracts.
Green Tea Indigestion Remedies
Green tea has been used effectively as a cancer prevention, particularly against skin, stomach, colon and esophagus cancers. In studies it appears to inhibit the growth of tumor cells in mice. Green tea has also been found to be one of the most highly effective indigestion remedies.
Drinking two to three cups of green tea each day is an effective aid to digestion without the chalky taste and dangerous side effects of antacids and other over-the-counter indigestion remedies. Green tea extracts also provide the same benefits by working in three ways:
- Catechins slow down the digestive enzyme process
- Its anti-inflammatory properties ease ulcerative colitis and inflammatory bowel disease
- Green tea appears to affect fat oxidation and insulin sensitivity in the digestive process
You may want to learn more about green tea indigestion remedies in this informative article.