If you are are like me and are interested in natural ways of health and well being, then you must have come across discussions of Green tea and its benefits. And if you’ve been wondering does green tea have caffeine content, then you have come to the right place. More and more people are becoming conscious of their caffeine intake, and with good reason too. Too much of caffeine can cause a number of side effects like restlessness, sleeplessness, anxiety etc.
Now coming back to green tea – Yes, it does contain some caffeine, however, it contains a lot less caffeine than an average cup of coffee. One cup of coffee is known to contain 100-150 mg of caffeine, while one cup of green tea only has about 25-50 mg. This is a much smaller amount of caffeine than most drinks have and this tea is sometimes used as a substitute when quitting the use of coffee.
It is known that tea does contain other stimulants that are related to caffeine, which stimulate the nervous system and the heart. These stimulants are called theophylline and theobromine. These stimulants are somewhat related to caffeine and also they can be found inside of the cocoa plant, which is what chocolate is made of. This type of tea is also known to contain an amino acid known as L-Theanine, which is known to have a calming effect for the user and may even offset some other stimulant effects.
Apart from the low green tea caffeine content, there are other reasons too this beverage is becoming popular. Regular intake of this tea has been shown to lower the risk of heart disease. A study performed in the Queen Margaret University in England showed reduced levels of blood pressure, cholesterol and fat levels in the body. These benefits can largely be attributed to the phenolic compounds like EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate) found in the tea.
Green tea for the reasons mentioned above is a healthier alternative to drinking coffee. Tea was being used by the Chinese for many years and in the UK it is known as a national drink as many people there choose to drink tea over coffee. There are quite a lot of Americans too who now are choosing to make the switch from coffee to tea as their daily beverage of choice.
If you don’t like drinking tea
Of course, not everyone can switch over from coffee to tea at the drop of a hat. Some habits are hard to break. A simple alternative here is to take a natural supplement that contains extract of the tea. This way you won’t have to drink copious amounts of the beverage daily to get the promised health benefits. Just a couple of pills a day can give your system all the phenols and Catechins needed.
The added advantage here is, these supplements would also remove the caffeine content of the tea and provide you only the beneficial parts of it. So although green tea does have caffeine, you will be able to avoid it altogether and enjoy all its benefits.
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