7 Reasons to Drink Green Tea
I love teas, they’re delicious and healthy at the same time. One of my previous posts focused on different reasons to drink black tea, and this time I’m going discuss all the amazing reasons why you should drink green tea. This tea is amazing, it has a divine scent and unique taste that revitalize you immediately. Most people aren’t even aware how beneficial this beverage is, in fact it’s considered as one of the healthiest drinks on the planet. Below, you can see all the marvelous reasons why you should get your pack of green tea today.
1.Green tea improves brain function
Besides keeping you awake, this tea has a tremendous potential to improve your cognitive functions. One of the key active ingredients in this tea is caffeine. Although the amount of caffeine in green tea is significantly lower than it is in an average cup of coffee, it still manages to produce a response without causing the jittery effects associated with excessive consumption of caffeine. So, what is the purpose of caffeine in green tea? It blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine and, thereby, increases the concentration of neurotransmitters such as dopamine or norepinephrine, according to a study published in the journal Brain Research Reviews.
Besides caffeine, green tea also contains L-theanine, an amino acid whose purpose is to increase the activity of GABA, inhibitory neurotransmitter.
Furthermore, the journal Psychopharmacology, published results of a study which discovered that green tea enhances cognitive functions, especially the working memory.
2. Green tea increases fat burning
Most fat burning supplements or weight loss teas have one ingredient in common – green tea. That’s because this tea increases fat burning and boosts metabolic rate. For example, the British Journal of Nutrition featured a research which showed that men who received a mixture of caffeine, guarana extract and green tea also experienced elevated energy expenditure in 24 hours. Moreover, the American Physiological Society published a research revealing that body weight management with green tea occurs due to the fact that catechins and caffeine act through inhibition associated with fat deposits and weight gain. Additionally, the study also showed that the tea has potential to prevent overweight and obesity.
3. Prevents different types of cancer
It is a well-known fact that oxidative damage contributes to formation of cancer cells and development of cancer. That’s why it’s recommended to consume foods and drinks with high antioxidant content. Well, green tea is an excellent source of antioxidants and it seems logical that the beverage could have anti-cancer properties as well. It’s not just an assumption, numerous studies have proven this theory. For instance, the study published in the journal Carcinogenesis, revealed that green tea consumption is linked with lower risk of breast cancer, while research which appeared in the American Journal of Epidemiology discovered that intake of this tea was strongly associated with a dose-dependent decrease in the risk of advanced prostate cancer. Moreover, the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention featured a research which found that a regular consumption of this tea may reduce colorectal cancer in women.
4. Reduces risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
Not only can green tea improve working memory and other cognitive skills in the short-term, it also has long-term effects. There’s a growing body of evidence suggesting catechins found in this tea protect neurons, thus reducing risk of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. According to a paper published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, green tea polyphenols are now being considered as therapeutic agents in epidemiological studies whose goal is to alter brain aging processes. At this point, experts are working on different ways to incorporate compounds found in this tea to slow down progression of neurodegenerative diseases.
5. Better dental health
Catechins found in this tea can kill bacteria and inhibit viruses, thus lowering your risk of infections. Plus, regular consumption of this beverage is linked to improved dental health and lower risk of caries, according to a study that appeared in the Caries Research.
Here’s yet another amazing reason why this beverage is good for oral hygiene, the Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology published a research which discovered that green tea helps you get rid of bad breath.
6. Decreased risk of Type 2 diabetes
Green tea has an amazing potential to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood sugar levels, according to a study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Furthermore, a study involving Japanese population found that those who drank higher amounts of the tea had 42% reduced risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Findings from this extensive research that included 17,413 adults were presented in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
7. Better cardiovascular health
Benefits of this tea to improve some of the main risk factors for cardiovascular diseases are well-documented.Regular intake of this tea is associated with lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and higher levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. It also increases the antioxidant capability of the blood which protects particles of LDL cholesterol from oxidation according to research from the Atherosclerosis. This is important because oxidation of these particles leads to heart disease.
TIP: If you like to drink your tea with a little bit of milk, it’s not a good idea in this case. Milk reduces antioxidant value of green tea and prevents it from delivering its benefits.
Do you like green tea? What is your drink of choice? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.