Health Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

Green tea has been used as a medicine for thousands of years, originating in China but widely used throughout Asia this beverage has a multitude of uses from lowering blood pressure to preventing cancer. Here’s a list of some of its amazing benefits, this ancient elixir heals you from your brain to your belly: 

 
  • Weight loss:  “Green tea increases the metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories,”
  • Diabetes:  Green tea apparently helps regulate blood glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can prevent high insulin spikes.
  • Heart disease: Scientists think, green tea works on the lining of blood vessels, helping keep them stay relaxed and better able to withstand changes in blood pressure. It may also protect against the formation of clots, which are the primary cause of heart attacks. Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
  • Healthy teeth: Green tea can kill bacteria, which improves dental health and lowers your risk of infection. The catechins in green tea have other biological effects as well. Some studies (including a study recently published in the Journal of Period-ontology)show that they can kill bacteria and inhibit viruses like the influenza virus, potentially lowering your risk of infections. Green tea consumption is associated with improved dental health and a lower risk of caries. “Another awesome benefit of green tea, multiple studies show that it can reduce bad breath,”. So, the catechins in green tea may inhibit the growth of bacteria and some viruses.
  • Brain function: Compounds in green tea can improve brain function and make you smarter. The key active ingredient is caffeine, which is a known stimulant. It doesn’t contain as much as coffee, but enough to produce a response without causing the ‘jittery’ effects associated with too much caffeine.
  • Blood pressure: Regular consumption of green tea is considered to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
  • Depression: Theanine is an amino acid naturally found in tea leaves. It is this substance that is thought to provide a relaxing and tranquillising effect and be a great benefit to tea drinkers.
  • Skincare: Green tea can apparently also help with wrinkles and the signs of ageing, This is because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Both animal and human studies have demonstrated that green tea applied topically can reduce sun damage.
  • Anti-viral and Anti-bacterial: Tea catechins are strong antibacterial and antiviral agents which make them effective for treating everything from influenza to cancer. In some studies green tea has been shown to inhibit the spread of many diseases.
  • Cancer: Antioxidants in green tea may lower your risk of various types of cancer.  It is well known that oxidative damage contributes to the development of cancer and that antioxidants can have a protective effect. Green tea is an excellent source of powerful antioxidants, so it makes perfect sense that it could reduce your risk of cancer, which it appears to do: Be it breast, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer. Green tea can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, but it is also widely thought to kill cancer cells in general without damaging the healthy tissue around them. It is important to keep in mind that it may be a bad idea to put milk in your tea, because it can reduce the antioxidant value. Bottom Line: Green tea has powerful antioxidants that may protect against cancer.
  • Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s: It is said to delay the deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Studies carried out on mice showed that green tea protected brain cells from dying and restored damaged brain cells.
  • Stress: The thiamine in green tea has been shown to produce a calming effect. The only thing is that in order for you to feel less stressed you might have to drink 5 cups of it a day. This decaffeinated green tea acts as a perfect substitute for coffee.
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