3 Reasons To Start Drinking Green Tea
Whether you prefer it hot, iced, with or without honey, many nutritionists will agree that brewed green tea is the healthiest beverage to drink. Numerous studies have proven that, if drank regularly, this ancient Chinese elixir can boost your health and make you feel great. The secret of green tea lies mostly in the high content of powerful antioxidants called catechins. Like all antioxidants, catechins neutralize free radicals and spare us many troubles that reactive particles might otherwise cause. Regulation of blood flow and blood sugar levels, lowered cholesterol, preservation of oral health, prevention of certain types of cancer – these are all good reasons to add green tea to your daily diet. Apart from the above-mentioned, we’d like to share with you our top 3 reasons to start sipping on green tea on a daily basis.
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Green Tea Improves Brain Function
Tea catechin prevents the formation of plaques in the blood vessels, and trust us – no one will be more grateful for keeping your blood vessels clear, than your brain. Better blood flow means more oxygen, which means healthier brain cells.
Besides cathechin, green tea contains another important active ingredient – caffeine. Regardless of what you’ve heard, this stimulant does much more than just keeping you awake. A study conducted in Switzerland found that the caffeine contained in green tea increases the concentration of neurotransmitters and improves your mental reaction time and memory.
Another entry for the ‘pro’ column is the fact that green tea contains less caffeine than coffee, yet it contains enough to produce a positive effect on your cognitive functions. In other words, it gives you a milder ‘buzz’ but does not cause the jitters that are often associated with caffeine ‘overdose’.
The list does not end here, though. Apart from the short term improvement, green tea may preserve your brain functions in old age as well. The catechins protect the neurons from degradation and lower the risk of developing two of the most common neurodegenerative diseases – Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Green Tea Prevents Skin Damage
Afraid of photo aging? Green tea is what you need! The amazing ECGC turns out to be 200 times more potent than vitamin E when it comes to protecting the skin from damaging ultraviolet rays and warding off free radicals. Research shows that people who drink green tea daily are less prone to the negative effects of prolonged sun exposure i.e. they are less likely to age prematurely. If you want to keep that youthful look, replace your morning cup of coffee with a cup of green tea.
What’s even more curious – topical application of green tea have shown to be effective against skin cancer. In a recent study, skin tumours were treated with green tea extract for a month. At the end of the treatment period, 40 % of the tumours had disappeared. Now that is impressive!
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Green Tea Boosts Metabolism and Burns Fat
Take any fat-burning diet supplement. Chances are you will find green tea on the ingredients list. What’s the reason behind it? You know that “boosting” effect that green tea has on your brain? Well, the green elixir has the same effect on the rest of your body – it speeds things up a little bit.
A recent study, involving 10 men, has been shown that green tea, in particular EGCG, can rev up metabolism by up to 10 percent. Faster metabolism means that your body converts more calories from food and body fat into energy. EGCG selectively targets belly fat helping you get rid of that stubborn pudge more easily, which makes green tea a top notch fat fighter.
Here is how to make your next cup of tea:
Add green tea leaves to water that is hot but not boiling, because boiling water destroys catechins. Leave for 3-5 minutes and strain. Add a few drops of lemon juice to help your body absorb catechins more easily. Sip and enjoy!
How often do you drink green tea? Have you noticed improvement in your overall health, after you started drinking green tea daily? Tell us in the comments below!
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