Green tea – hype or necessity?
The green tea is a pale tea made from leaves that have been dried but not fermented. It originated in China where it was first brewed in 2,737 BC. The health benefits reaped for so long from the green tea are due to its fantastic composition: it contains a variety of enzymes, amino acids, carbohydrates, lipids, steroids, phytochemicals and dietary minerals, all very beneficial for the body.
Studies on animals, and even in vitro studies, established the most important impact the green tea has on our health.
Here are 7 health benefits of drinking green tea on a daily basis, and 7 reasons why you should include it into your daily routine:
1. Prevention from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
Just like in coffee, the green tea’s main ingredient is caffeine. People will ask: What’s difference then? And I will say: There’s a world of difference! Since the green tea is not as high in caffeine as the coffee is, drinking it makes you ready for brainstorming without the “jittery” effects of too much caffeine intake. Now, isn’t this great, or what?
What’s more, many green tea drinkers report improved mood, vigilance, reaction time, memory… So, it seems like drinking green tea can even make you brighter, doesn’t it?
The next important substance in the green tea is L-theanine, which contributes to fighting anxiety as it increases dopamine levels and production of alpha waves in the brain. Many people also reported having balanced energy and being more productive when drinking green tea, compared with coffee.
The green tea is also said to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Studies carried out on mice showed that this tea protected brain cells from dying and restored the function of damaged brain cells.
Brain is No.1 organ inside our head, so we must take excellent care of it!
2. Weight loss, fat burning and improved physical performance
As it doesn’t lack caffeine, the green tea is an excellent substitute for coffee for those hooked on it. It gives you the energy boost you are used to. If you feel like a water balloon, don’t be irritated. A cup of green tea is an excellent diuretic to help you flush extra water out of your body. At the same time, it speeds up metabolism, which certainly ensures weight loss!
Being high in antioxidants, the green tea cleanses your body as if it was a brush. It contains substances called catechins, which basically enhance your metabolism and speed up the weight-loss process. Try drinking 2 to 3 cups a day and you are bound to notice the effects.
3. Lowered risk of various types of cancer
It is well known that oxidation damage contributes to development of cancerous cells (that is to uncontrolled growth of cells). The golden rule is: Prevention is better than cure! Antioxidants contained in the green tea do exactly that: they prevent from breast, prostate, colorectal, bladder, ovarian, pancreatic, lung, skin, stomach and esophageal cancer.
Researchers firmly believe that polyphenols in the green tea slow down tumor growth. Some studies have even compared the cancer rate in green-tea-consuming and non-consuming countries, the latter having higher rates.
4. Heart health
Scientists believe that the green tea works on the lining of blood vessels, helping them to remain relaxed and to withstand changes in the blood pressure. It may also prevent formation of clots, which are the major cause of heart attacks!
The green tea also promotes overall cardiovascular health, as it lowers bad and increases good cholesterol in the body and prevents against diabetes type 2-factors which almost invariably lead to cardiovascular diseases.
5. Dental health
Catechins in the green tea also contribute to killing bacteria and inhibiting influenza, powerfully lowering the risk of infections.
Streptococcus mutans is a harmful bacterium primarily found in the mouth. It causes plaque formation, cavities and tooth decay. The green tea intake inhibits the growth of streptococcus mutans. Once this bacterium is gone, bad breath will be gone too!
6. Bone health
The green tea slows down the process of age-related bone loss and decreases the risk of fractures caused by osteoporosis, according to a study published in the journal Nutrition Research. Women who drank up to three cups of tea a day had 30% lower risk of osteoporosis-related hip fractures.
7. Younger-looking skin
Studies have shown that oral intake of the green tea helps with wrinkles and signs of aging due to its variety of antioxidants and its anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, both animal and human studies have demonstrated that if green tea is applied directly to the skin, it can reduce sun-caused damage.
Drink this elixir of youth and you will love the skin you’re in!