Many varieties of tea have been shown to have certain effects on health such as boosting immunity, helping your body and mind relax, improving fertility, and even lowering cholesterol. Whether all of this is true depends on the type of tea, its manufacturing, the amount consumed in a day, and how it is prepared. Some of the properties may be damaged if the water is too hot when brewing.
I have long been a fan of green tea. It started off when I was in high school, or early college, when I first heard that it could help you lose weight. I stocked up on the bottles of Diet Lipton Green Tea and began drinking one or two bottles a day. Needless to say I did not lose any weight from just drinking the green tea, especially that particular green tea with additional chemicals and additives. The point here is that there is a difference between the Lipton Green Tea that you buy in the bottle with chemical additives and dried green tea leaves. The bottled green tea loses some of its benefits from the added chemicals and is sometimes diluted down with water, so you are not getting as much tea as you think.
Some studies suggest that drinking green tea can significantly lower your total cholesterol levels, including LDL cholesterol. Green tea does not seem to have an effect on HDL cholesterol though. Remember, LDL cholesterol is your “bad” cholesterol that you want lower and HDL cholesterol is your “good” cholesterol that you want higher.
It can be easy to add green tea into your day by brewing a cup in the morning in place of your morning coffee. If you’re an avid coffee drinker and are afraid of not getting your morning caffeine fix, green tea does have caffeine in it. Not as much as coffee does, but it does still have enough to get you up and to work. Once you’re at work you can have your cup of coffee if you need it. If you don’t want green tea in the morning, maybe try it mid-morning or after lunch during that afternoon meeting.