Green tea is well known for its health and beauty benefits. Millions of people all around the world drink it daily (despite the not-the-best flavour) and swear by the results of it. With a huge amount of nutrients and antioxidants, green tea is one of the best and easily accessible beverages that will turn your life into nothing but positives!
Green tea is made from Camellia sinensis leaves, that go through a different withering and oxidation processes than black tea or oolong. Green tea originally comes from China, where for thousands of years it has been used as a medicine for many common illnesses.
Why is this tea so healthy and what can it do for you? Get yourself a cup of (green) tea, sit comfortably and check our 10 reasons to drink it!
1. Weight loss
One of the most known benefits of drinking green tea is that it helps to fight with the extra weight. Although one cup a day will not replace being active, eating healthy and cutting down on sugar, it can improve your metabolism and increase fat burning. Catechins are great metabolism boosters, caffeine will give you more energy, and the polyphenol will intensify oxidation of your fat. But still, have a tea and then hit the gym.
2. Lower cholesterol
Drinking green tea can help you reduce the bad cholesterol level in your blood. How? It is believed (and found in various studies, don’t worry) that the catechins found in green tea can prevent your organs from absorbing the bad cholesterol (low-density cholesterol) and in the same time they will improve the absorption of good cholesterols (high-density cholesterols). Tannins from the tea can naturally lower the cholesterol in your body.
Nowadays, with the enormous sugar consumption and unhealthy products easily found in every supermarket aisle, diabetes is one of the most dangerous diseases threatening people. Green tea is really helpful with regulating the level of glucose and reducing the levels of blood sugars. Drinking green tea is proved by various studies on 286,701 people (!) to be lowering the risk of type II diabetes by 18%. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
4. Glowy skin
Ladies, don’t you love when your skin is just glowing and looking great? Have some tea! The antioxidants found in green tea will improve your skin and make it more resistant to solar radiation. What’s more, they will also help you delay the process of skin ageing. Green tea maybe won’t erase the wrinkles from your face, but it will definitely fight with the new ones coming. In one of the recent studies in Germany, the researchers discovered that women drinking up to 6 cups of green tea in a day had a lower level of redness after exposure to a solar simulator. What else you can do, is soak cotton pads in the tea, let it cool down, and place it under your eyes. That will help you reduce your dark circles in an instant.
5. Fresh breath
Another reason to drink green tea regularly is maybe less serious than saving your life by protecting you from diabetes, but also VERY important. Your breath. Green tea is a great warrior when it comes to bacteria. Catechins will inhibit some of the viruses and bacteria growth in your mouth area, which equals fewer throat infections and better breath.
6. Better memory
If you are someone, who constantly forgets about meetings, house chores or (dear God) anniversaries – go get some tea. Green tea is great for preventing brain cells from dying. An amino acid called L-theanine, which increases dopamine and the inhibitor of GABA neurotransmitter.
Caffeine, which is an important brain stimulant and improves brain functioning in many ways, is found in a lower percentage in the green tea, then it is of coffee, so you won’t get a huge kick, but will see the effects in the future, by, for example, avoiding Alzheimer’s disease.
7. Reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease
Speaking of – Alzheimer’s disease is a terrible threat to all the people facing getting older (so basically, all of us sooner or later) and although green tea will not make you bullet-proof, it can help. Polyphenols in green tea will improve parts of the brain responsible for learning and memory. They can also prevent the cells damage and may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as Parkinson’s disease.
8. Getting rid of anxiety
Anxiety and panic attacks are common syndromes in today’s stressed world. Here, once again, to the rescue come caffeine and polyphenols. The first one improves plenty of brain functions, like mood improvement. The other one helps you keeping glucose on a good level, which is basically keeping your brain fueled. Last, but not least, theanine is an amino acid, helpful when it comes to reducing stress and anxiety.
9. Heart diseases
Not only you get relaxed from a cup of green tea, your blood vessels feel it as well. Green tea can prevent them from getting clogged, which is the main cause of heart attacks. Chinese studies proved, that antioxidants found in green tea, the same ones that are fighting with the bad cholesterol, reduce the risk of getting a heart attack by 11%. That’s worth a cup, isn’t it?
10. Reduced risk of cancer
As this reason is pretty serious and reducing the risk of any cancer is something always something worth reading, there is not enough scientific proof, to swear by this one. On the other hand, antioxidants can always give a little help with this problem, because what they do is preventing and fighting cells damage. And what causes cancer is the uncontrolled growth of bad cells and replacing the good ones. Which is damaging our body cells. Which is exactly what antioxidants can help with. It appears that drinking green tea can reduce the risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colorectal cancer. Various studies show that people, who drink green tea on a daily basis
are in the group with the lower risk of cancer. So again, drinking this beverage may help you, it can be useful, but it won’t make you immortal and resilient to serious diseases.
As you can see, there are enough reasons to drink green tea. The list could go on and on, but the message is simple – a cup or two per day can help you in many ways, some of which you may not even know. If you are not a big fan of the flavor, you can try adding a little bit of honey, milk or natural fruit syrup to it. What you should avoid is bottled green tea from the supermarkets. This drink has nothing to do with real, healthiest green tea and is loaded with sugar and artificial flavors.
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