Benefits of Drinking Jasmine Green Tea

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Benefits of Drinking Jasmine Green Tea
Jasmine flowers add a mood-lifting scent to healthy green tea. (jasmine image by Maria Brzostowska from Fotolia.com)

Packed with antioxidants, green tea carries numerous health benefits ranging from clearing skin and improving digestion to aiding in weight loss and cancer prevention. Jasmine green tea is simply green tea infused with the scent of jasmine flowers. It offers all the health benefits of regular green tea, along with mood-lifting properties from the aromatic scent of jasmine.

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Psychological Benefits

Drinking jasmine green tea can reduce stress and improve your mood. In a 2005 study performed at Kyoto University, scientists found that the scent of jasmine tea had sedative effects on autonomic nerve activity and mood activity. According to the study, when the 24 healthy test subjects were exposed to the scent, a "calm and vigorous" mood state resulted. In other words, jasmine green tea helps to ease stress and increase energy while lifting your mood.

Heart Health

Studies have shown that green tea may help to prevent coronary artery disease. In a study performed on rats at the Chinese University in Hong Kong, scientists found that the purified epicatechin derivatives from jasmine green tea relaxed rat arteries, allowing blood to flow more easily. Similar data collected on people indicates that consuming three cups of green tea each day decreases the rate of heart attack by 11 per cent, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. While this evidence suggests green tea can help to prevent heart disease, the FDA requires more research before green tea makers can claim this on packaging.

Weight Loss

According to the University of Maryland Medical centre, green tea may aid in weight loss by boosting metabolism. When combined with caffeine, one study showed that green tea helped moderately obese patients to lose more weight and maintain weight loss over time. Scientists believe that the polyphenols found in green tea may be responsible for this weight-loss effect.

Cancer Prevention

Clinical studies have shown that the polyphenols found in green tea may help to prevent cancer, and help to kill cancerous cells and halt their progression. One study found that women who drank black tea and powdered green tea were less likely to develop bladder cancer, and another showed that green tea improved the survival rate of bladder-cancer patients substantially, reports the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Another study of 472 women at different stages of breast cancer found that the women who drank the most green tea experienced the least growth of cancer cells. Green tea may also help to prevent or slow many other types of cancer, including prostate, pancreatic, lung and skin cancer. More studies must take place to confirm the positive impact of green tea on preventing cancer and slowing its progression.

Improving Digestion and Diabetes

Green tea has long been consumed as a digestive aid, and may help to reduce the inflammation associated with Irritable Bowel Disease, including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (two types of IBD). It also stabilises blood sugar, a substantial benefit for those who suffer from diabetes. In addition, studies indicate that green tea may help to clear the liver of toxins and prevent liver disease. One study from the University of Maryland found that men who drank more than 10 cups of green tea each day were less likely to suffer from liver disorders.

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