Green tea is a beverage that has long since been associated with the Middle East as well as China and Japan. Brewing green tea for health and longevity, the notion of the benefits of green tea was soon gobbled up by holistic healers who recognized that the substance in the Japanese green tea that made the beverage so healthful was largely untapped in the Western world, and before long green tea became a standard.

When contemplating the purchase of green tea extract for health purposes, it is important to separate facts from fiction. As you are checking out various sites on the ‘Net that promise the green tea benefits in capsule format, you will find that several of the claims often sound simply too good to be true. For example, questionable properties associated with loose leaf green tea are the supposed prevention of cancer, while Arizona green tea is allegedly useful in the treatment of osteoarthritis and even multiple sclerosis. Furthermore, green tea has been hailed as a prevention tool for Alzheimer’s disease while even the humble Lipton green tea has been credited by some Internet business entrepreneurs to have fat burning properties. Green tea weight loss products are so commonplace now, that some have actually developed an entire green tea diet around commercially available Chinese green tea!

It is important to recognize that the Food and Drug Administration has been bombarded with requests for information about this seemingly miraculous green tea that several studies were initiated which showed that the benefits of green tea extract had been greatly exaggerated by those who either drew faulty conclusions, experienced reactions that are deemed atypical or simply set out to deceive. There are, however, some kernels of truth to the efficacies of green tea! A correlation pointing to the tea leaf – green as it were – and a reduction in coronary risk factors has been tentatively established, but the extent to which the tea is to thank for this development is still under debate. At this point in time, some studies suggest that imbibing about 1.5 liter of green tea on a daily basis will lead to a reduction in the bad cholesterol. This, or course, will logically lead to lessening of the plaque build up in and on arterial walls, which in turn will reduce the likelihood of coronary disease.

Since green tea caffeine is just as harmful as any other kind of caffeine to pregnant women, the tea is greatly discouraged for consumption by pregnant females.