I spent many years being highly interested in alternative health. My father-in-law was a homeopathic physician (MD, later trained in psychiatry, and then trained as a homeopath). I used to make my own herbal medicines from scratch, and we stopped vaccinating about 15 years ago. I also developed my own goofy set of stretching exercises that help me with chronic back pain from an injury while serving in the Army. I call it "Brian's magical backache yoga." They are a replacement for chiropractic adjustments because I am usually too cheap to pay for all the visits I really need
So ... qualifying my opinion with all that, I sort of burned out on all the research articles published all the time. I got kind of cynical about it, seeing most as marketing ads disguised as science.
I like green tea. I gave up a horrible mountain dew habit (which was WoW approved, hehe) that was destroying my health. It literally made me feel sick all the time. I changed to tea and other beverages.
Green tea has been consumed literally by billions of humans over more than a two thousand years. If it was bad for your health, we'd know by now
If it was a miracle cure for anything ... we would know that too.
Yes. I think green tea is healthy to drink, especially if you end up not drinking soda or other unhealthy drinks. It is most healthy if you just drink it as-is. Adding (refined) sugar and cream is pretty much going to ruin any healthy aspect of the beverage.
Nine reasons to drink green tea daily
1. Green tea is a superb fat fighter.
[I doubt it. But agree totally if you drink green tea instead of a latte or other cream-filled drink]
2. It targets belly fat.
[Maybe? Never did much for my belly. I don't think it helped the Buddha
3. Green tea keeps energy stable by balancing blood sugar levels.
[Doubt it. Yes, if you drink it without sugar, and are drinking it in place of the sugar roller coaster known as soda, including diet sodas]
4. Research shows it may be helpful against lung cancer.
[Maybe? I bet it doesn't hurt. A lot of these studies claim benefits based on barely noticeable but "statistically significant" variations from the control group]
5. Green tea may halt colorectal cancer.
[Doubt it. I bet it doesn't hurt. With all the 100's of millions of Chinese drinking green tea every day, you would think this would be obvious. There had to be research to figure this out?]
6. In research, it appears to cause prostate cancer cells to commit suicide.
[Cool! Maybe ... see my comments about the billions of people who drink green tea. None of them had prostate cancer? Sounds a little too good to be true.]
7. Green tea may prevent skin damage and wrinkling.
[I've seen a lot of wrinkly old people who drank green tea their whole life]
8. It contains a potent antioxidant that kills free radicals.
[Might be true. Who knows?]
9. Green tea tastes good.
[Absolutely agree! If brewed correctly with whole leaves and the right temperature of water, it is delicious. It also teaches your palate to appreciate subtle flavors and not depend on a massive dose of sugar. If not brewed good (too hot, too long), it tastes bitter like dish soap to me.]
"It's strange to be here. The mystery never leaves you alone." -John O'Donohue, Anam Cara, speaking of experiencing life.