Four Benefits of Green Tea
Green tea, originating in China and India, is considered by many to be the healthiest drink in existence. Chances are, even in the West, you have come across this drink at least a few times a week. So what exactly are the benefits of green tea? Why should I drink it? Here I will highlight some of the most important positives of consuming this beverage and you can decide for yourself whether you want to purchase a cup during your next visit to Starbucks.
- It fights against cancer!
You heard me right! Researchers have noted that in countries that consume higher amounts of green tea, cancer rates are lower. The component that experts believe is responsible for green tea’s cancer-fighting properties are polyphenols. In addition, green tea is loaded with antioxidants and studies have shown that these lower the chances of contracting various cancers from breast cancer to prostate cancer.
- It’s good for the heart
Green tea has been found to lower bad cholesterol and triglycerides in those who drink it habitually. These harmful compounds are what lead to heart and cardiovascular disease, which is the largest killer in the world. In fact, studies have shown that green tea drinkers are 31% less likely to contract cardiovascular disease.
- It can improve brain function.
When you were growing up, didn’t you ever wish you could take a “smart pill” to instantly become a genius and not have to work as hard in school? Well, green tea is one step in the right direction. Unlike coffee, green tea has a lower dose of caffeine which stimulates the brain and helps with memory, reaction time, and vigilance. When combined with green tea’s other component, L-theanine, users tend to get a buzz which they report helps them feel more productive as well as relaxed in comparison to when they drink coffee.
- It can protect against Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s disease, unfortunately, is a very common degenerative disease in older populations. However, the catechin compounds in green tea are shown to protect neurons and possibly lead to a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s!
There are numerous other benefits to drinking green tea. Some even claim that it is a miracle weight loss drug! Oh, and of course, it’s also delicious.
Antioxidants – these are compounds that prevent oxidation and thereby protect organisms from chain reactions that might damage their cells.
Triglycerides – a type of fat found in blood. These are created by the body from leftover calories that are not used immediately after eating.
Cardiovascular – of or pertaining to the heart and blood vessels
Vigilance – the state of awareness of possible danger and/or difficulties
Catechin Compounds – natural phenol and antioxidant that is abundant in green tea.
Autor: Michael Antonio Kalmeta /blog.cjo.pl