Aside from water, tea is the most regularly consumed beverage in the world. In Asia, green tea is a common recipe ingredient, which is a great—and sneaky—way to incorporate this superfood into your diet. Green tea is said to be the healthiest beverage on the planet.
Many people report having more steady energy and being much more creative when they drink green tea, compared to coffee.
Here’s what green tea has to offer, from our brain to our belly.
Heart Disease. Green tea improves both blood flow and the capability of arteries to relax, with research suggesting a few cups of green tea each day may help prevent heart disease. It may also defend against the formation of clots, which are the main cause of heart attacks.
Esophageal Cancer. Green tea is an exceptional source of powerful antioxidants, so it makes perfect sense that it could decrease your risk of cancer. It is also extensively thought to kill cancer cells in general without damaging the healthy tissue around them.
Weight Loss. If you look at the ingredients list for any fat burning supplement, most likely, green tea will be listed there. Green tea increases the metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to strengthen levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.
Skincare. Green tea can apparently also help with 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 decrease sun damage.
Cholesterol. Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. It is said to delay the deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Studies carried out on mice showed that green tea protected brain cells from dying and restored damaged brain cells.
Diabetes. Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can prevent high insulin spikes and resulting fat storage.
Memory. It protects your brain. A drink with 250 mg of green tea extract increased the brain connections that process and store information.
Tooth Decay. Drinking green tea on a regular basis can lead to a healthy mouth because tea’s catechins can essentially help kill mouth bacteria. Mouth bacteria can turn the sugar in foods into plaque, and plaque produces acids that can cause tooth decay. Catechins may also help kill the bacteria that can cause bad breath.
Blood Pressure. Regular consumption of green tea is thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
Anti-viral and Anti-bacterial. Tea catechins are strong antibacterial and antiviral agents which make them effectual for treating everything from influenza to cancer.
If you’re not very enthusiastic about green tea’s flavor, there are many ways to drink it. Try a few different kinds. Try it iced or hot. Add some of the natural herb to sweeten it if you want a sweeter drink. I personally love it with a fresh squeeze of lemon!
On the other hand, you should know that while adding lemon to your tea is beneficial, adding milk is not. The proteins in milk may bind to and neutralize the antioxidants in tea, such that its health benefits are significantly reduced.
If you basically want to lose weight and lower your risk of chronic diseases, then you might want to consider making green tea a regular part of your life.