Health Benefits of Green Tea
Tea is one of those rare beverages that universally accepted by science as a healthy one. There are different types of tea like black tea, green tea, yellow tea, white tea, herbal tea, etc. Among them, Green tea is known for its health benefits. Green tea was originated in China and is made from a plant species called Camellia Sinensis. There are abundant of healthy nutrients present in Green tea that benefits the body in many ways. Let’s discuss some benefits in detail.
· Green Teas May Help Prevent Cancer
The main thing that makes green tea so good for you is it loaded with many healthy nutrients. All of these bio-active Polyphenols are awesome for your health. You may have heard of some of them known as catechin and these are just antioxidants. Antioxidants prevent free radical damage to your body. Overtime free radical damage can cause cancer. So, Green tea may help to prevent cancer. Sometimes, you may have observed rust on faucets of your kitchen or bathroom, this rust is a direct result of free radical damage that we have talked about. So, antioxidants prevent that rust from forming. Now, think Antioxidants as a rust prevention. Those who drink green tea have a lower rate of cancer and it has been realized that it has been to do a lot with a huge amount of antioxidants found in green tea. But you need not get too excited with this fact because of this just a correlation, not causation. It is good to drink green tea but it will not cure or prevent all types of cancer.
· Green Tea is Great For Your Mouth
Do you have stinky breath? Maybe you should try some Green tea. Nutrients present in Green tea are called Catechins, do a great job of inhibiting and killing certain types of bacteria. In fact, studies were done and proved that bacteria known to cause bad breath in the mouth was killed by drinking Green tea. Also when you have less of those specific bacteria, you have less plaque. So, Green Tea also decreases the risk of developing a cavity.
· Great Tea is Great For Focus
It does a great job of giving you stable energy without all the jitters. It has about 30-50mg caffeine which is roughly a half cup of coffee. You still focused and stimulated but don’t have that jittery feeling that you get with a big cup of coffee. Another nutrient within green tea that works together with caffeine to boost your brain function is called L-Theanine. Its benefit is that it gives your brain relaxation without the added sedation or drowsiness that comes along with other relaxing agents.
· Great Tea is Good For Your Heart
We have seen in animals or lab models that it increases your good cholesterol and lower your bad cholesterol. Well, we found in animals, lab and human trials are that Green tea lowers your blood pressure and it is very important to control your Blood pressure.
· Green Tea Can Help You Burn Fat
Green tea can help in burning the fat. But this depends upon individual cases because not all studies agree on this. But there is a promise of increase metabolism and fat oxidation essentially fat burning. Some of the lab models have shown a decrease in new blood vessel formation within which fat stores. It means it literally takes some vital nutrition for fats and making it tight.
· Green Tea Can Protect Your Brain
Green Tea can help to protect your Brain. Animal and lab model both show that the Catechins, the nutrient we keep mentioning over and over again, decreases the risk of you of developing Alzheimer or Parkinson’s disease.
· Green Tea may increase Lifespan
Green Tea may increase your lifespan. There is been ton of research done on this and some studies even have 40000 participants that show those who drink 3-5 cups of tea a day, have increase lifespan and have decrease all-cause mortality i.e. dying from anything, have decreased in heart disease and strokes but before we get too excited, we need to remember correlation vs. causation. Just because those who drink Green tea live longer, it doesn’t mean Green tea is the sole responsible for this. So, yes enjoy your Green tea but don’t think you will live forever.
Things to keep in mind for preparing a Healthy Cup of Green Tea
· Don’t add green tea directly to boiling water as this destroys those healthy Catechins that we are talking about.
· Don’t decaf because the decaffeination process hurts more of the nutrients found within green tea
· Add lemon into your tea as is easily absorb some of the nutrients.
· Don’t buy cheap green tea. Go for the good, premium stuff as they contain more healthy nutrients that we have discussed.
But just remember as with everything in life, you can have too much of good things, so don’t overdo with green tea.