In a land of tea lovers, green is the new black. Where the
traditional black tea is served at literally any time of the
day, green tea is fast gaining in popularity among the
increasingly health-conscious people of Saudi Arabia. The
numerous benefits of China’s national drink (tea – green and
black) have been proved in studies conducted from time to time,
where not just green but also the black tea has its own health
A recent study of over 3,400 adults in the Kingdom found that
those who consumed over six cups per day of black tea had a
more than 50 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease
compared to tea abstainers, despite other factors such as
smoking, diet and obesity.
Meanwhile, a new study last month concluded that a cup of green
tea may protect against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of
dementia. The researchers also found proof to support the
theory that green tea polyphenols might improve thinking
(cognition) in animals as well as humans.
Green tea is a natural source of flavonoids and antioxidants,
and among other benefits, aids in purifying the body, reducing
blood pressure and improving the skin health.
It is a common knowledge that green tea is the favorite drink
of dieters. And why not! In yet another study, researchers
found that men who were given a combination of caffeine and
green tea extract burned more calories than those given only
caffeine. Green tea’s bacteria-destroying abilities make it a
powerful cure for dental plaque. It’s effectiveness as a
solution for the overall body health can be seen from the
numerous body creams, shampoos, and other cosmetics making a
strong presence in the market.
The secret of green tea lies in the fact that it is rich in
catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate
(EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the
growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming
healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL
cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of
What sets green tea apart is the way it is processed. Green tea
leaves are steamed, which prevents the EGCG compound from being
oxidized. By contrast, black and oolong tea leaves are made
from fermented leaves, which results in the EGCG being
converted into other compounds that are not as effective
against various diseases.
The only known negative effect of green tea is insomnia, which
is a result of its caffeine composition. However, the caffeine
content in green tea is less than that in coffee.
While some experts recommend a dose of at least four or five
cups of the wonder drink a day, others insist a
ten-cups-per-day formula for maximum benefit. A University of
California research studying the cancer-preventative qualities
of green tea put the number at a mere two cups per day for
attaining the desired level of polyphenols. Another study, this
one by Cleveland’s Western Reserve University, found that
drinking four or more cups of green tea per day could help
prevent rheumatoid arthritis, or reduce symptoms in individuals
already suffering from the disease.
Saudi Arabia’s favorite tea company, Pepsi Lipton
International, in a bid to tap the green tea market, had
launched a new range of ready-to-drink green tea in cold format
called the Lipton Clear Green. The delicious beverage, which
allows its enthusiasts to enjoy all the benefits of natural
green tea, comes in two flavors: Mint Lemon, and Honey Lemon.
These days Lipton is ensuring that you gain from more than just
the apparent benefits of green tea as it gives random advice
carefully written on the back of the tea bags. These are ‘Feel
good Tips’, which can be anything from ‘Meet your friends for
lunch today’, ‘Spend more time outdoors today’ and so on. Need
more reason to take that sip of health?
A number of green tea brands – some original, others not – are
available in the market. If you are confused, let d3ayat’s
listing help you decide on your pick.
Marwan Al-ahmadi author of Business articles based in the