For those of you who are unfamiliar with green tea, I’d really recommend becoming acquainted… Because green tea can become your health’s best friend. It may be an acquired taste for most due to its natural bitter flavour, but its advantages make up for it, I promise.
So what makes green tea so great?
It’s LOADED with antioxidants and nutrients that give your body the power to prevent and even fight off diseases such as:
- Heart disease
- Various cancers
- Irritable bowel disease (IBD)
- Liver disease
And the list goes on.
The magic ingredients in green tea are called polyphenols. Polyphenols are antioxidants that fight free radicals in your body. Okay cool… but what are free radicals? They consist of destructive compounds in your body that can basically wreck havoc; they have the potential to mutate cells, damage DNA, and even completely destroy cells. Researchers believe that free radicals contribute to the aging process, as well as the development of a various health problems, including cancer.
Antioxidants, such as polyphenols found in green tea, can neutralize free radicals and can even reduce or help prevent some of the damage they cause.
Sounds pretty amazing, right? But we’re not finished yet as green tea has a lot more to offer!
Here is a list of:
5 Proven Benefits of Green Tea
#1 – Improves health
As previously mentioned, green tea’s antioxidants support health and growth by defending our bodies against the enemy, aka free radicals. Green tea also contains minerals that contribute to a healthy body. I’d recommend higher quality brands as they tend to use pure green tea without additives. Fluoride has been found in some of the lower quality brands.
#2 – Sharpens your mind
Green tea naturally contains caffeine. Not as much as coffee, but just enough to give you that extra boost in the morning. Of course, a heavy coffee consumer probably has a high caffeine tolerance and may not benefit from green tea’s caffeine content. I, for example, do not usually drink coffee and rely mostly on tea to wake me up. Furthermore, green tea contains an amino acid called L-theanine that has been proven to work synergistically with caffeine to heighten brain function. (http://jn.nutrition.org/content/138/8/1572S.long)
#3 – Feel the fat burn!
Read most of the weight loss product labels, and there a good chance you’ll find green tea as an ingredient. That’s because many studies suggest that green tea increases the metabolic rate in some people, causing weight loss through fat burn.
#4 – Prevents Alzheimer’s
Green tea can not only help preserve and improve your brain function in the present, but in the future too. Multiple studies reveal that catechin compounds in green tea can have various protective effects on neurons, potentally lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
#5 – Kills harmful bacteria
The catechin in green tea has been proven effective against killing off certain bacteria and inhibiting viruses like influenza, which could lower your chances of becoming ill. Consuming green tea on a regular basis has also shown to improve oral health, improve breath, and decrease dental cavities. The Streptococcus mutans bacterium is one of the leading causes of plaque formation and tooth decay, and thankfully, the catechins in green tea can stop its growth.
To your natural health,