Green tea is one of the healthiest beverages that you can drink. From the Antioxidants to the Nutrients, your body will love. There have been many studies on the health benefits of green tea from brain activity, weight loss, cancer risk and more. Let’s take a look at all of the great benefits of drinking green tea.
What Makes Green Tea Interesting
First, let’s go through the history of Green tea. Green tea has been popular in China since as early as the 3rd century. Over the years green tea has changed from a luxury item to common beverage in the Chinese culture. In Japan it is believed to have been brought over from Buddhist monks, in the early 9th century, bringing their enlightenment to the Japanese people. Today most of the green tea is produced and consumed in Asia. Although it’s popularity, mostly due to the known health benefits, has been steadily climbing in Western cultures throughout the last century.
Besides green tea there are many other variants that are commonly consumed. Green tea is an unoxidized tea unlike the most popular black tea. Besides water, tea is the highest consumed drink in the world. Yes, you can buy it by the bottle but it is always healthier and tastier when brewed at home. Green tea can even be used as bug repellent!
How Nutritional is Green Tea?
Green tea comes from a plant, the tea leaves are all natural so you know it’s packed with nutrients. It’s a 0-calorie drink, no fat, no saturated fat, high in potassium, no trans-fat, low in sodium, high in vitamin C, low in carbohydrates, no sugar, and high in folic acids. Green tea contains high amounts of vitamins and minerals which are great for overall health. It truly is a superfood and is great to add to your diet.
Now for the Amazing Health Benefits
Since Green tea is a low-calorie drink of course it will help you lose weight. Research shows it can speed up your metabolism and help you burn calories.
Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
High blood pressure is very common, green tea can help keep your blood pressure leveled. Your cholesterol can also be lowered thanks to the antioxidants. This also helps reduce your risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
Anxiety and Depression are caused by biochemical imbalances of hormones; green tea can reduce those imbalances and reduce the symptoms. If you’re feeling depressed or anxious lay off the alcohol and caffeine, try green tea.
Green tea is full of vitamins and minerals that benefit your skin. Could green tea be the fountain of youth? Vitamin B, caffeine, amino acids, potassium, all great for your skin. Green tea cleans all toxins out of your system which cause inflammation of the skin, this means less puffiness and dark spots and circles. It can also help with acne. Try green tea directly on the skin.
If you are having any type of stomach issue like bloating, diarrhea or constipation, if you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Disease then you should drink Green Tea. It’s the easiest relief. When you have IBS or IBD your intestines get inflamed causing lots of pain and problems. Green tea can help with that inflammation. Recommended to drink warm since it’s more comforting to the body.
Green tea is a great defender of the heart, it can improve your blood flow and keep your arteries clean. Drinking green tea also helps you in your recovery after a heart attack. My favorite reason to drink green tea is the effects of green tea when stressed. It calms your body and slows your heart rate, next time you’re feeling a panic attack coming on then drink some tea.
Green tea has an EGCG compound that can help prevent cancer cells from growing and even kill cancer cells. It tackles the protein in your body that causes cancer cells to grow. Green tea also helps if you have a tumor. It has been shown to stop new cells from forming in the tumor.
This one surprised me, the antioxidants in green tea can treat Parkinson’s. the Michael J. Fox Foundation tested this theory out and patients that drank green tea had great improvements. The compounds found in the tea have a positive protective neurological effect which can reduce symptoms of Parkinson’s.
Green Tea has been found to possibly slow or prevent Alzheimer’s and Dementia. It may protect the brain from losing memory and thinking ability. Green tea stimulates the brain so that it can function well.
Sold yet? I am! I drink green tea and iced tea every day. I cut out soda from my life and switched to green tea. Green tea is great iced, hot, green tea smoothie, all great options. Your body and mind will love you for this switch. This truly is a super-food.