The first thing that comes to our mind when we see a person drinking green tea is that he/she must be trying to lose weight. That’s our first impression of green tea; that it is used for weight loss. Well that is true but there are certain other benefits of green tea as well. Overall a large majority of people still drink coffee and black tea but dear friends more and more people are getting to know the health benefits of green tea and are shunning coffee and black tea for a cuppa green tea. Here are a few ways that green tea is beneficial for you
Green tea primarily contains caffeine and healthy dose of antioxidants called ‘catechins’ and the main antioxidant in catechins is called EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate). Caffeine has well documented effects on stimulating performance during workouts and aids in fat burning while antioxidants boost metabolism. A good metabolism assists in shedding those extra pounds faster.
Improves neurological function:
As discussed earlier that green tea contains caffeine. Caffeine increases brain’s function by blocking an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine. Caffeine has also known to increase concentration of good hormone called dopamine makking you feel good by improving your mood. It also contains an amino acid called L-Theanine which has the ability to cross the blood brain barrier. This amino acid can have anti-anxiety effects on your brain. People drinking green tea have more stable energy than people who drink coffee. This improved brain function may also reduce chances of chronic brain diseases like Alzheimer and dementia.
Improves physical performance:
Due to its fat burning properties and increased metabolism, green tea supplements are very popular among athletes and active personalities. Although metabolism increase may vary from individual to individual, there’s no denying the fact that caffeine in green tea improves physical performance and antioxidants mobilize the fat cells in our body thereby making it more enduring towards physical performance.
Cancer is caused by malfunctioning or damages cells. The damages cells multiply during the oxidization process. The active anti-oxidants present in green tea can have a protective effect on this oxidization. Many studies have observed that green tea drinkers are less likely to get various types of cancer (breast cancer, Prostate cancer, colo-rectal cancer etc.) Green tea may lower risk of cancer in the tune of 20-48%. That’s a very significant statistic and all the more reason to start drinking green tea regularly.
Helps in killing bacteria:
The biological effects of green tea include killing of bacteria which may cause virus and potentially higher infections. Green tea consumption has shown to improve dental health as well as the Catechins present in green tea kill a primary harmful bacteria in the mouth which contributes to cavities and tooth decay. Green tea is also shown to reduce bad breath. Many leading mouth fresheners and mouth washes have started using green tea as an ingredient in their products.
May reduce risk to type II diabetes:
Green tea has shown to improve insulin sensitivity. Irregular insulin levels are a leading cause of type II diabetes; a disease which has reached alarming proportions around the world. The antioxidants present in green tea help reduce blood sugar levels and many studies have proven as a fact that consuming green tea may reduce chances of developing diabetes by up to 40%.
Improves Cardiovascular Health:
The improved metabolism caused by green tea, hereby, increases blood activity in the body. And this increased blood flow reduces chances of oxidization of blood cells. This oxidization of blood causes increased cholesterol which leads to heart troubles. Green tea’s antioxidant capabilities, thus, may improve your cardiovascular health too.
Anti-oxidants are a mood stimulant and also make skin glow. A person who has a active dose of anti-oxidants looks much younger than his/her actual age. This happens as the oxidization of cells is prevented by the green tea anti-oxidants. Plus the reduced chances of getting chronic diseases provided by green makes you live longer too. Death chances get reduced by up to 23% among women and 12% in men who drink green tea.
We hope this article highlighted some of the good effects of green tea on your health. Another thing that we would like to mention is that you should not load your green tea with sugars, honey and cream etc. It should be consumed in its natural flavor. But if you do not like the taste, you can add a dash of lemon and some honey and then enjoy a nice hot cup of green tea.
We hope you found this article informative. If you did check out “this article” as well where we discuss the epidemic of obesity in today’s world.