The English have definitely understood something about the health benefits of drinking tea as a reflection of their brilliant everyday 5 o’clock tea tradition. But is there more to this habit than an authentic sweet tooth? Scientists nowadays think there is. Tea drinkers are healthy and more optimistic. And green tea drinkers are even more, no matter if they are men or women. Here are the top 10 benefits of green tea you can never miss out. Green tea is probably one of the best beverages you can consume, next to water.While it comes from the same Camellia sinensis plant as all other tea varieties, green tea is processed from unfermented leaves and therefore contains the highest concentration of polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants that give green tea all its wonderful health benefits. So it’s better than black tea, white tea or rooibos.
As far as drinking tips are concerned, allow tea to steep for three to five minutes to bring out its catechins. The best way to get the catechins and other flavonoids in tea is to drink it freshly brewed. Decaf, bottled ready-to-drink tea preparations such as Lipton, and instant teas have less of these compounds. For instance the pomegranate green tea from Lipton tastes incredible, but it’s not what it should be as far as quality requirements are concerned.
Tea can impede the absorption of iron from fruits and vegetables. Adding lemon or milk or drinking tea between meals will counteract this problem.
Also try drinking quality organic green tea, such as quality gunpowder green tea. Bigelow teas are recommended as well. Japanese Sencha or Ginseng green teas are also highly recommended, and jasmine green tea is among the most popular types. It doesn’t matter how you serve it: hot vs. iced, its benefits won’t disappoint you. There’s also the Matcha Green Tea Powder out there, which is also a great substitute for the actual beverage, as it contains much more benefits, because when you drink matcha you ingest the whole leaf extract, not just the brewed water.
1. Promotes Oral Health
Green tea consumption is associated with improved dental health and a lower risk of cavities. The natural fluoride in green tea, polyphenols and catechins can effectively kill the bacteria that cause tooth decay, bad breath, cavities and various gum diseases. According to a study published by the European Journal of Nutrition, consumption of one or more cups of green tea a day can significantly reduce the risk of tooth loss. However, the oral benefits of green tea are lost when sugar, honey, or other sweeteners are added to the tea. So stay away from that Green Tazo Chai Tea Latte, despite its complex, incredible taste…
2. Supports Skin Health
If you wish to look younger than your age, one or two cups of green tea can help a lot. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in green tea protect the skin from the harmful effects of free radicals, which cause wrinkling, brown spots and skin aging. Studies have demonstrated that green tea applied topically, as a face mask can also reduce sun damage. In addition, green tea helps fight against skin cancer. How cool is that?!
3. The Good Old Weight Loss Benefit
If you look at the ingredients list for any fat burning supplements, chances are that green tea will be on there. This is because green tea has been shown to increase fat burning and boost the metabolic rate, in human controlled trials. I’d like to point out that some studies on green tea don’t show any increase in metabolism, so the effects may depend on the individual. Caffeine itself has also been shown to improve physical performance by mobilising fatty acids from the fat tissues and making them available for use as energy. In two separate review studies, caffeine has been shown to increase physical performance by 11-12%, on average. So you can serve it as a morning treat, as well.
4. Keeps Bones Strong
The high fluoride content in green tea helps maintain bone strength. Regular consumption of green tea is associated with a lower risk of osteoporotic fractures. Loss of bone density is prevented by the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties present in green tea. It helps suppress the breakdown of bone while increasing the amount and activity of bone-building cells. Drink green tea every day to help preserve your bone density.
5. Helps Diabetic Patients Improve Overall Health
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.
6. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Prevention
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. So can coffee, apparently, but its several side effects are discouraging for a lot of people. It’s not just about having decaffeinated coffee, its’ something fishy regarding the oils it secrets.
7. It fights Depression
Theanine is an amino acid naturally found in tea leaves. It is this substance that is thought to provide a relaxing and tranquilizing effect and be a great benefit to tea drinkers. This is one of the most immediate effects, and therefore among the best benefits of green tea consumption.
8. It fights Against Bad Cholesterol
Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
9. Green tea Keeps Your Heart in Shape
Last year, a meta-analysis of observational studies—13 conducted in green tea drinkers and five in black tea drinkers—found that people who drank the most green tea had a 28% lower risk of coronary artery disease than those who drank the least green tea. Black tea had no effect on heart risk. Keep in mind that a lot of the studies had been conducted with capsules/pills containing catechins, the active polyphenols in green tea, rather than with the beverage itself. So those should do too, in case you are not a big green tea fan.
10. Antioxidants in Green Tea May Lower Your Risk of Various Types of Cancer
Cancer is caused by uncontrolled growth of cells. It is one of the world’s leading causes of death. It is well known that oxidative damage contributes to the development of cancer and that antioxidants can have a protective effect. Green tea is an excellent source of powerful antioxidants, so it makes perfect sense that it could reduce your risk of cancer, which it appears to do.
Let us all have a bath is green tea, shall we? They say it makes your hair shine, as well.