We all know that tea is a natural stimulant and a refreshing drink at the same time. But what do research and studies say about the health benefits of Green Tea?
Let’s find it out!
Green Tea is becoming popular amongst health-conscious people and what makes it healthier than Black Tea is that it is less processed Tea, allowing it to retain its natural texture, flavor, and green color, since the chlorophyll vestiges in the leaves.
Is Green Tea worth the entire buzz around it?
Health Advantages of Green Tea
Boosts Metabolic Rate
Green tea is considered good for healthy weight management and weight loss. Drinking it regularly leads to enhanced metabolic rate which further helps you in getting rid of unwanted body fat.
Prevents Allergies and Infections
Green Tea may help you prevent and fight seasonal allergies and prevent seasonal infections due to a naturally occurring flavonol in it, ‘Quercetin’.
Green Tea is packed with Flavonoids, antioxidants, and nutrients that support and boost brain functions, weight loss, and even fight auto-immune diseases.
Green Tea is a good source of vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2, B3, vitamin C, and E. It is also rich in amino acid L-theanine which helps to feel relaxed and also fights stress and anxiety.
L-theanine present in Green tea increases the activity of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA, which has anti-anxiety effects.
Anti-Inflammatory and Healing Properties of Green Tea
Green Tea possesses anti-inflammatory properties and studies show it is beneficial in preventing and treating cardiovascular disorders, high cholesterol, rheumatoid arthritis, general body pain, and osteoporosis.
Over time it has evolved as a stimulating and refreshing health drink that caters to a myriad of illnesses and has anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Consumption of Green Tea is known to unclog the arteries and flush arterial plaque out of the body and hence lowers the risk of heart diseases and atherosclerosis.
Rich in Antioxidants
Green Tea is loaded with polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins, which act as powerful antioxidants and protect us from free-radical damage and slows the early signs of aging.
The antioxidants present in tea reduces the formation of free radicals in the body and even protects cells and molecules from damage.
Free radicals are known to play a key role in aging and all sorts of diseases. Research has shown that the antioxidants found in this form tea can penetrate the tissues of the eyes and its antioxidant activity may boost eye-sight.
Drinking 3 to 4 cups of Green Tea daily can help clear up a urinary tract and antioxidants present in it are effectual in treating bladder inflammation.
Green Tea for Oral Health
Green Tea is great for oral health and is known to promote healthy gums and teeth. Its ability to control harmful bacteria in the mouth and lower the acidity of saliva makes it an effective remedy for preventing cavities and dental plaque.
Green Tea – Energy Booster
Green Tea is considered an ideal solution to counter fatigue, laziness, sleepiness, and lack of energy as it stimulates our cells and improves blood circulation.
Good for Diabetics
Green Tea, if consumed without sugar helps to reduce high blood glucose levels. The antioxidant and astringent qualities of this tea ensure healthy and optimum functioning of the pancreas.
Aid for Hangover
Drinking Green Tea first thing in the morning after a party night can ease your symptoms of Hangover caused by the consumption of alcohol. Add some lemon juice in a cup of Green Tea for immediate relief.
Protects from Neurodegenerative Disorders
The bioactive compounds found in Green Tea can improve Brain function and make you ‘Smarter’. It may have protective effects on brain neurons and may reduce the risk of both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, the two most common neurodegenerative disorders.
Studies show that green tea drinkers are likely to live longer than non-tea drinkers as this beverage is loaded with lots of health benefits
A study was done on adults who drank 5 or more cups of Green Tea a day were significantly less likely to die during the 11 year observation period.
Green tea contains less caffeine than coffee and hence is also a good choice for Coffee drinkers as more caffeine intake is not good for your health.