I have wrote many essays about different alternative healing methods, while enrolled in Complementary & Alternative Therapies class . Today’s “Article Review” is for Beneficial Effects of Green Tea, which was written by Carmen Cabrera, Reyes Artacho, and Rafael Gimenez. In turn, the health benefits of green tea consumption are related to all the topics discussed in Complementary & Alternative Therapies class, since this beverage is used as a liquid herbal, while at the same time, its natural anti-oxidant properties add “flavor” to any of the alternative therapies practiced. Besides reviewing Beneficial Effects of Green Tea, I have also listed various resources on the subject, demonstrating facts about amazing tea for better health.
I selected the article presented, in order to get a brief outline about the benefits of green tea, since I consume this healthy beverage for better skin cell renewal, boosted metabolism, and other helpful reasons described in the authors’ information. Once I reviewed the outline, I had seen other links on the Web site, where I can journey to learn more details about the astonishing effects of green tea consumption. The main points in the article were simply: The benefits of green tea consumption and how it has faithfully been used in traditional Chinese medicine and by various civilizations for many years, while at the same token, more research is necessary to utilize more information about its contributions to human health.
My chosen article, Beneficial Effects of Green Tea relates to theories and concepts presented in class, because herbals have been used in conjunction with Holistic therapies for positive health results. Furthermore, my previous Complementary & Alternative Therapies class discussed Holistic methods and how herbals are integrated into alternative therapies, while much of this I have presented in past “Speaker Reviews.”
In previous “Speaker Reviews,” I mentioned that over 47 million Americans are uninsured, as medical costs continue to soar. Thanks to the worst recession since the Great Depression (1929-1939), the ranks of the uninsured loom larger with each passing day. As of 2013, an estimated 49 million Americans lacked health insurance, while more job losses occurred and the “underinsured” were not factored into the equation. In remedy to millions of Americans unable to afford conventional medicine, many people have turned to alternative therapies for better health, including visits to the chiropractors’ offices. There are varied reasons why people currently endorse alternative therapies, such as using herbals; however, the main reason, at least for me, is the fact that I am uninsured and cannot afford costly treatments in a hospital or doctor’s office. For example, I take herbals, such as “garlic,” which alleviates painful ear infections, since penicillin is expensive for the same results. Unbeknownst to many people, garlic is also called “Russian Penicillin,” as it has been used in Russia and other countries for centuries. Furthermore, garlic and green tea have the same agendas towards optimal health: To fight disease and infections, while promoting healthy cell renewal. Taking odorless garlic tablets does not have near the bad taste as harvesting penicillin from home-grown bread mold!
In Beneficial Effects of Green Tea, the authors briefly sum up the fantastic benefits of green tea and how it has been an enormous part of traditional Chinese medicine throughout the millennia. Not surprisingly, tea is the most widely consumed drink in the world, which is behind water. Harvested from the Camellia sinensis plant, green tea has many catechins than black or oolong tea, as these are components with strong antioxidant properties. There are also many vitamins and minerals in the contents of green tea, as it is known to contribute to a reduction in risks for cardiovascular disease, cancer, immune deficiency, and other ailments, while also promoting weight loss, anti-aging, antibacterial and antivirasic activities, solar ultraviolent protection, bone mineral density increase, anti-fibrotic properties, and neuroprotective power. Traditional Chinese medicine has used green tea as a healthful beverage for centuries, while the same concept still holds true today. Unfortunately, although evidence from research indicates the promising effects of green tea, more future studies are necessary to understand its healthy contributions to society.
Drinking green tea is increasingly encouraged in Western diets, as one of popular outcomes of this marvelous substance is the boosting of metabolism, which combats the epidemic of obesity in the United States. Presently, there are at least 60% of Americans, who are obese, which in turn, contributes to poorer health. More diet pills and fluids are enhanced with green tea to maximize their fat-burning properties. For instance, when taking a closer look at Asian countries, they thrive mostly on seafood, rice, fruits, vegetables, chicken, and other non-processed, organic foods, while also incorporating green tea into their daily regimes. As a result of their diets, Asians have embraced healthier lives and leaner bodies, while in comparison, Americans continue their unhealthy food and beverage choices towards obesity and other declining health issues.
What impressed me most about Beneficial Effects of Green Tea was the fact it was brief and to the point, while at the same time, displayed how green tea’s magnificent effects can enhance optimal health. Although it is best to practice preventive medicine, drinking green tea contributes to this fact, as it acts like a soldier against impending ailments. More research will certainly determine that there are more healthy benefits of green tea, while excavation of ancient artifacts shall continue producing records of ancient Chinese and other civilizations integrating this beverage into their health goals.
Since the article was brief, many details about green tea were not listed; yet, at least there is a general insight of why green tea is becoming so increasingly popular in Western and other diets. Hence, the article is trustworthy, since I found other resources backing up green tea’s claims that the authors pointed out in their brief summary. Getting an overall picture of what green tea is and how it promotes healthier living, the authors entranced their readers to further explore other resources for more details. Yes, I found additional information, which support what I have read in Beneficial Effects of Green Tea, as they are listed at the end of this “Article Review.”
In conjunction with amazing information about green tea, I have researched other intriguing articles, since they also are related to Holistic and herbal medicine. Sure enough, there is an array of information about herbals and how they are successfully used in alternative therapies, such as homeopathy, aromatherapy, Ayvuredia, massage, acupuncture, and other self-healing techniques. At this moment in time, the debate rages on, as people around the world merrily drink to the benefits of green tea.
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