Tea is one of the most famous beverages in the world. The consumption of tea stands second only to water when it comes to which is the most drunk beverage in the world. Whether tea reminds you of the chilled glass of much appreciated ice tea in the summers, or if it brings to mind the Boston tea party, it has been an important part of our civilization since long.
But now we have even more reason to celebrate (and drink) tea. Well we are talking about green tea, which has proven its merits in many a tests and scientific experimentations. It is considered to be greatly beneficial to health; mainly because it has a lot of antioxidants occurring naturally in the tea.
Free radicals or oxidants are the particles which have the power to damage and with time destroy our cells. The antioxidants in green tea destroys these free radicals and thus provides is with a number of health benefits.
What Makes It So Healthy
This tea is loaded with polyphenols which help reduce inflammation and fight cancer. The large amounts of the natural antioxidants called catechins help prevent free radical damage, thus preventing premature aging and many diseases.
One of its most potent compounds is Epigallocatechin Gallate or EGCG. In fact, it is one of the main reasons why this tea is so healthy.
Moreover, green tea contains many essential vitamins and minerals.
What Happens to Your Body When You Drink Green Tea Regularly
Here are several reasons why you should drink green tea more often.
1. Assist in the prevention of cancer
Antioxidants help protect against the development of many types of cancer. And, since green tea is abundant in potent antioxidants, it’s logical that it could lower the risk of some types of cancer.
One meta-analysis showed that drinking green tea reduces the risk of breast cancer by 20-30%. A different study discovered that it reduces the risk of prostate cancer by 48%.
And, another meta-analysis concluded that it lowers the risk of colorectal cancer by 42%.
Still, more research is needed to prove the green tea’s ability to help prevent the development of cancer.
2. Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease
Studies suggest that antioxidants found in green tea may lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood, increase the flexibility of the blood vessels and prevent damage to the heart muscle. Also, faster and easier recovery was observed in patients who experienced a heart attack. In a recent study has been shown that drinking 2 to 3 cups of green tea a day can reduce the chances of getting a heart attack by 43 percent.
3. Improves the function of your liver
This is also a benefit of the catechins found in the green tea. It works to help clean out your liver and reduce the damage that has been done to it. While this is something that takes time if you make a lifestyle change and get rid of anything damaging your liver green tea can work its magic on it.
4. Promotes weight loss
By accelerating your metabolism, green tea helps you lose weight more quickly. There are even studies which prove that it helps reduce body fat, especially in the stomach area.
One, in particular, showed that it helps reduce body weight, body fat percentage, belly fat, and waist circumference.
5. Fights constipation
Green tea helps in regulating numerous digestive problem including constipation. It acts as a mild laxative and has the ability to speed up the intestinal transit and fight constipation.
6. Treats baldness
Green tea contains polyphenols such as catechins, which can block the production of DHT in hair follicles, a factor which is related to hair loss. By blocking the activity of this hormone, you will be able to regrow your hair. Furthermore, green tea contains a compound known as EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which can boost hair growth and treat problems such as dry scalp, dandruff and seborrhea.
7. Prevents type 2 diabetes
Green tea helps to reduce any sudden increases in blood sugar levels you may experience. It seems to work well in regards to balancing the metabolic rate and because of this works wonders for those who do not wish to develop type 2 diabetes. The more you drink, the more benefits you will find.
8. Treats depression
Green tea contains an amino acid known as theanine, naturally found in the leaves of the plant. Theanine has depression-fighting and anti-stress properties, increase the ability for learning and improves concentration. Also, it can increase the level of dopamine in the brain, that can cause an increased feeling of pleasure.
9. It lowers your risk of Alzheimer’s.
A study presented at the 2015 International Conference on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease people who drink green tea at least one time a week had less mental decline than those who did not drink it at all. It seems people who drink green tea have lower risks of developing degenerative diseases at it is. If you want to maintain your brain, you should be drinking green tea.
10. Kills bacteria and viruses
Green tea has antibacterial and antiviral properties, strengthens the immune system and helps your body fight these pathogenic organisms. Vitamin C in green tea helps in the fight against flu and colds. Studies also suggest that particular polyphenols in green tea called catechins may kill influenza virus.
In another study has been shown that green tea also enhances the performances of the antibiotics, which are nearly three times more effective when taken with green tea.
- Relieves arthritis symptoms
- Treats genital warts
- Prevents common cold and flu
- Treats many skin problems
- Make sure you choose a high-quality brand to get the maximum of these benefits.
How to prepare green tea properly?
To make a cup of tea, you need one teaspoon of green tea (or a filter bag). Soak it in 200ml of warm water and allow the tea to stand in the water for 3 to 5 minutes. It is important to know that two cups per day are enough to achieve the desired effects. Because of its caffeine content, you should avoid drinking green tea before bedtime. If you haven’t drunk green tea, it is best to start with one cup a day.
We wish you all good health, and happy tea drinking!
Source: healthiestalternative.com, awarenessact.com, gottadotherightthing.com