Have you ever been told to ‘Go Green’ when it comes to tea drinking? Yes, you have guessed correct – drinking more Green Tea.
Green Tea has been consumed for centuries globally, but do you know why some scientists call it ‘the healthiest drink they can think of’ in the world?
Are those scientists saying that if you only drink green tea that all of your health issues will disappear? Unfortunately, it is not quite as simple as that but it can certainly help with living a healthier lifestyle.
Green tea is so much more than just green liquid!
So let’s look at what the fuss is all about?
There are a lot of studies and articles written about the benefits of drinking green tea, sometimes a little overwhelming. This is why I like to explain what is so amazing about this remarkable green beverage.
First, let’s look at what exactly green tea is? How is green tea made and how is it different from other teas?
There are 3 main varieties of tea- green, black and oolong. They are all derived from leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant.
Originally cultivated in East Asia, this plant grows as large as a shrub or tree. The only difference is how the teas are processed.
Green tea is made from unfermented leaves where leaves of oolong tea are partially fermented, and black tea is fully fermented. Unfermented leaves contain the highest concentration of powerful antioxidants, also called polyphenols.
As a result, green tea retains maximum amount of antioxidants and poly-phenols. This gives green tea more health benefits.
8 Remarkable Health Benefits Of Drinking Green Tea
A cup of Green tea enhances health – next time you drink Green Tea remember the following…
1) Green Tea is Full of Antioxidants
Green tea is full of wonderful antioxidants and nutrients.
But what are antioxidants exactly? Antioxidants are substances that fight the free radicals in the body.
Free radicals are believed to be damaging and can also cause cell death. They are often the main driver in the aging process.
But here’s the good news.
Antioxidants in green tea, such as polyphenols, can neutralize or prevent the damage those radicals cause. It even seems they have a greater effect than Vitamin C has.
Antioxidants are vital for good health!
2) Green Tea is Anti-Bacterial
What happens when you get sick? Your doctor prescribes you some antibiotics, right? But wait, what about a natural solution?
What I am not saying is that green tea will cure you immediately (once you are already infected), but it does not hurt!
Green tea also contains antioxidants called catechins. Drinking catechins can interfere with further development of bacteria. In fact, they stick themselves to the bacteria and cover it up.
3) Green Tea Helps with Certain Diseases
According to scientists, sipping on green tea can help with the following diseases.
a) Heart Disease – ‘Green tea may prevent heart disease and protect against the formation of clots’, according to scientists. Clots are the primary cause of heart attacks.
b) Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease in humans and a leading cause of dementia.
c) Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease and involves the death of dopamine producing neurons in the brain.
4) Green Tea Helps with Anxiety.
Green tea is packed with l-theanine, another term I am sure we have heard of. But not sure what it means?
Well, l-theanine is an amino acid found in tea. It acts as a neurotransmitter and tends to increase the alpha waves in the brain.
Those waves are known to be an indicator of relaxation and avoids anxiety.
5) Green Tea is Good For Stomach Health
Stomach issues are very common. They can vary from anything such as an upset stomach, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), ulcerative colitis or even Crohn’s disease.
As we know by now, green tea has anti-inflammatory properties.
Those effects of green tea mentioned above may also help with stomach issues like colitis. A study at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine found that ‘green tea may help both colitis and Crohn’s disease.
6) Green Tea May Help Prevent and Manage Diabetes
Green tea has been used traditionally to control blood sugar levels.
Animal studies suggest that green tea may help prevent the development of type 1 diabetes and slow the progression once it has developed.
In people with type 1 diabetes, their bodies make little or no insulin, which helps convert glucose or sugar into energy.
Green tea may help regulate glucose in the body.
Research also suggests that regular consumption of green tea may help manage type 2 diabetes.
7) Green Tea Helps with Skincare.
Great news for those who have tried all lotions to improve their skin. Green tea can apparently help with reducing wrinkles and the signs of aging. 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.
8) Green Tea and Weight Loss
Can green tea can really help with burning fat and weight loss?
Clinical studies worldwide suggest green tea can in fact increase fat burning and boost our metabolism.
A study by Dr. A. G. Dulloo states, author of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, that green tea has thermogenic properties and promotes fat oxidation.
Although the overall research is still relatively limited, knowing that green tea is full of antioxidants, is good for the heart, and can help fight certain diseases, so why shouldn’t we drink it.
Have you, like myself, often told yourself “I’m no longer going to drink coffee or tea but only drink green tea from now on”. That’s what I frequently used to told myself. Well, if I’m honest- up until a few years ago.
The difference is, I now do drink green tea daily.
Yes, I have ‘Gone Green’ and it feels great – will you be next Green Tea Convert?