Discover 8 Amazing Health Benefits of Green Tea

Discover 8 Amazing Health Benefits of Green Tea and Why You Should Drink More of It
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Green tea has been around for centuries, especially in the East where it has been used as a medicine for ages. Recently a lot of research has been done in the West to unravel the incredible health benefits of green tea, which is one of the healthiest beverages on our planet.

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Just as black, yellow, oolong and white tea, green tea leaves are harvested from the tea plant called Camellia sinensis. Native to East, South and Southeast Asia, but these days cultivated across the world in tropical and subtropical regions for its many wonderful properties.

So what makes green tea different from the other true teas? Well, the leaves are the least processed, resulting in more intact antioxidants, which are proven to be responsible for the many health benefits of green tea. Green tea is made through a steaming process, whereas the other true teas undergo an oxidation process, which destroys most of the powerful antioxidants. Drinking green tea is also one of the 70 habits featured in the e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health.

Here are 8 major health benefits of green tea, confirmed in research studies. These amazing health benefits are excellent reasons why you should drink more green tea and reap its many health benefits.

1.    Reduced Risk Of Cardiovascular Diseases

The antioxidants presented in green tea help to block the oxidation of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and raises your “good” cholesterol (HDL). Green tea has beneficial effects on your blood vessels. It may lower a high blood pressure and the formation of clots, which are both possible causes of a heart attack or stroke.

2.    Boosts Metabolism And Burns Fat

The catechins found in green tea are responsible for boosting your metabolism and helps to burn fat faster. Especially in the abdominal region. Although green tea isn’t a weight loss miracle on its own, it may be very helpful as a weight loss aid.

3.    Cancer Fighting Properties

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Antioxidants play a major role in reducing the risk of all types of cancer. They show a protective effect by neutralizing free radicals within your body. Those free radicals are responsible for oxidative damage which increases the risk of developing cancer.
Research does not only show a reduced effect on the development of cancer, it is also believed that the polyphenols are responsible for killing cancer cells and inhibiting their further growth. You can find more information in the article Healthy Diet to Prevent Cancer.

4.    Improves Brain Function

Green tea contains caffeine which stimulates your brain without causing an agitated effect, like coffee. By blocking adenosine, caffeine increases the concentration of dopamine and norepinephrine, which leads to a better brain function.
Another organic chemical substance, found in green tea, called epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG) enhances learning and memory by increasing the production of neural progenitor cells. You can find here more foods to improve your memory.

5.    Reduced Risk Of Alzheimer’s And Parkinson’s

Green tea not only aids us with our memory in the short term. It does show protective effects against degenerative diseases like Alzheimer and Parkinson.
Studies show that the powerful catechins are protecting our brain cells from dying and they can even restore the damage done to those cells. Find here more foods and supplements to delay Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

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6.    Prevent Diabetes Type II

Green tea has been used in traditional medicine for ages to control blood sugar levels. Recent studies show that EGCG’s improve glucose intolerance and insulin sensitivity. Green tea can prevent blood sugar spikes by improving the use of insulin. Find here more information about 12 best foods to control diabetes.

7.    Anti-viral And Anti-bacterial Properties

The catechins presented in green tea can inhibit the growth or even kill bacteria and viruses. Especially your teeth will reap the benefits of this. Green tea inhibits the growth of mouth bacteria and helps in the killing process of these bacteria who cause the formation of plaque, cavities, tooth decay and a bad breath.

8.    Skincare And Anti-aging

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Quite often we see green tea popping up as an ingredient in many of our organic beauty products. Free radicals are well studied and are responsible for skin-aging. Damaging free radicals deplete oxygen from our cells and break down collagen. Collagen is essential to maintain a supple and young looking skin.
Due to the high levels of oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC’s), another very powerful antioxidant, green tea delays the premature aging process. It protects us against sun damage, skin cancer, expression lines and wrinkles. Green tea is one of the top 10 super foods to get the best skin ever.

Although green tea contains less caffeine then coffee or other true teas, you shouldn’t drink more than 3 cups a day to avoid caffeine related side effects. Always opt for higher, organic quality brands. Lower quality leaves or bags often contain fluoride and have a bitter and grassy flavor. But the health benefits of green tea will still outweigh any risks.

Incorrect steeping is another reason why most people don’t like the taste of green tea. Steep too long and your tea will taste bitter. Therefore many of us add sugar and milk, but actually this is a bad idea, as especially the milk reduces the antioxidant value.

After reading all these amazing health benefits of green tea, I’m sure you will enjoy even more your next soothing and healing cup of green tea! Also if you are interested in herbal remedies, you can find more useful information in the e-book the Herbal Remedies Guide. This guide will teach you how to treat common ailments using herbs.

Another tea which has amazing health benefits is Matcha tea and you can get more information about it in my article about the 9 amazing health benefits of Matcha tea.

AmyThis is a guest post written by Amy Goodrich, yogini and dedicated blogger who loves living a natural, eco-friendly and healthy lifestyle. Visit her website http://www.body-in-balance.org/ and facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Body-In-Balance/155659454586318

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31 Responses to Discover 8 Amazing Health Benefits of Green Tea

  1. Ranjitham S pillai. says:

    Thank you for your valuable articles to live a healthy life.God bless you.

  2. Michelle Feirn says:

    Thanks for all the information…this was a very easy reference guide.

  3. syracatalon says:

    thnk u so much for the info,i learned more about greentea…i drink everyday

  4. Karim 0557520001 says:

    Thanks for your brief discussion about green tea. Really I’m very fond of drinking green tea, at least 30cups I drink every day.

  5. ian says:

    Can I get the same benefits with bottled beverages(green tea) in convenient stores like C2?

    Thanks a lot!

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Ian, you need to read the label to see if it’s 100% natural green tea. Sometimes commercial bottled green tea can contain other ingredients such as artificial sweeteners or a lot of sugar or other additives. I think maybe the safest option would be to steep and bottle the green tea yourself so you know what goes into it.

  6. Omer Bhai says:

    great…suggetion..i lov green tea…tank u very much..

  7. thanks for d info…i drink green tea everyday..

  8. Cayone Maximino says:

    Thanks for a nice information i wl start drinking tea now

  9. ethel says:

    Thanks for d info i enjoy green tea. Is it advisable for a pregnant woman to be drinking green tea?

  10. marivel r, flores says:

    i have gerd can i drink green tea?

    • Jenny says:

      Please refer to Livestrong website to see what they say about green tea and GERD – vhttp://www.livestrong.com/article/488168-is-green-tea-bad-for-acid-reflux/

  11. Natalie says:

    Green tea should be steeped no longer than 60 seconds, but 30 seconds is the magic number!!! 🙂

  12. mandeep says:

    What time of drinking green tea is more valuable? Early morning or any time of day?

  13. ariston says:

    I’m a green tea drinker myself, however I drink my tea right after every meal. 🙂
    Thanks for this article..

  14. Roxanne says:

    Could you please tell me what kind of green tea is the best to buy? I have the K-cups for Keurig, but was wondering if I should buy the bag tea instead, just not sure what brand.

    Thanks 🙂

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Roxanne, I personally don’t have a preference for a certain brand, but try to buy organic green tea.

  15. Adam Trainor says:

    Looks like İ’m late to this party on here. I’ve only recently come across this blog and I saw this post about Green Tea. I think drinking green tea has definitely become more popular over the years. You can now get green tea or herbal teas in any restaurant or coffee shop. It’s great for people to read this post and see that green tea does have it’s benefits. All the 8 benefits you have listed are these just for the pure green tea as you can get some green tea with hints of lemon or mint. Will they still give the same benefits?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Adam, I guess it depends on the amount of green tea in the flavored one – is it the same amount of green tea like the pure one with added ingredients (lemon or mint), or is there less amount of green tea in the mixture because of adding lemon or mint – I guess it depends on the tea brand that you buy. In any case, it’s better to drink even a smaller amount of green tea than not drinking it at all. Also you can always buy pure green tea and flavor it yourself with lemon or mint.

      • Adam Trainor says:

        Hi Jenny

        Thanks for the reply. That’s a great point made I have never really thought to check how much green tea is actually in the flavoured ones. When I have bought it, it’s always said on the packaging green tea with lemon or green tea with mint. I might try getting pure green tea and adding in my own slices of lemon or fresh mint so I a getting the full benefit of green tea.

  16. Jen says:

    Thank u so much for the knowledgeable info…for it is true…I’m using green tea and it helps…

  17. gangaram says:

    should we add sugar in green tea ?

  18. jennifer says:

    I have been drinking green tea for like month now, but it since like noting is happen, wot should I do pls

  19. naturazi.com says:

    Having green tea with a dash of lime an hour before sleep helps in better absorption and better health benefits.

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