Green tea might be the healthiest beverage in the world. It has been used as a medicine for hundred of years in China and other parts of Asia. A lot of health benefits of green tea has made it popular choice among health conscious people.
Green tea is made from the same tree as black tea. But green tea’s processing avoids the fermentation process whereas black tea is processed in a way that allows for fermentation. As a result, green tea is rich in antioxidants and nutrients.
The antioxidant and nutrients in green tea have many incredible benefits.
Here are couple of research-based health benefits of green tea
Reduces risk of type 2 diabetes
95% of all cases of diabetes are type 2 diabetes. Green tea can reduce blood sugar level and increase insulin sensitivity. Both of which help prevent type 2 diabetes. Studies found that green tea drinkers have up to a 42% lower risk of type 2 diabetes (3, 4).
Help prevent cancer
Oxidative damage in the body contributes to the development of cancer. The antioxidant can prevent this. Green tea is a powerful source of antioxidant. Multiple studies show that green tea drinkers are at a significantly lower risk of developing various types of cancer & this is one of the most important health benefits of green tea (5, 6, 7).
Improves brain function
One of the key ingredients of green tea is caffeine. Caffeine leads to the improvement of mood, reaction time, vigilance, memory and other aspects of brain function (8). Green tea also contains amino acid L-theanine. L-theanine improves learning and problem-solving abilities (9).
Improves cardiovascular health
Helps manage anxiety, stress, & depression
Improves physical performance
Lowers blood pressure
High blood pressure doesn’t show symptoms in early stage. You can suffer for years before you see any symptoms. The antioxidant in green tea plays a role in lowering blood pressure (18). According to study, around 4 cups a day is enough for keeping blood pressure in check (19).
Prevents tooth decay
Green tea can reduce inflammation, and fight bacteria and inhibit viruses. It helps prevent dental cavities and gum disease (20, 21). It is also very good at reducing bad breath. It outdoes mints and gums (22).
Preserves bone health
Bone problem is a major health risk in elderly people. Green tea preserves bone health. It decreases the risk of bone fracture. It also helps prevent age-related bone loss (23).
Help prevent arthritis
Arthritis is an autoimmune disease. It causes painful inflammation of the joints. Studies found that green tea help suppresses autoimmune disease (24).
Reduces cholesterol level
Green tea it lowers LDL “bad” cholesterol in the blood. But it has no effect on HDL “good” cholesterol. So it improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol (27).
Helps you look your best
The antioxidant in green tea can delay the sign of aging (28). It also protects the skin against harmful UV rays (29). On top of that, green tea stimulates human hair growth (30). So you can get glowing skin and a full head of hair by drinking green tea.
How Much Should You Drink
You are unlikely to get most benefits by drinking only one cup every day. Some people say drinking two is enough. Some say five. Some drink more than five cups every day.
Not as much as coffee, but green tea contains caffeine. If you drink a lot, you might start feeling the side effects. So start by drinking just one cup every day. Then gradually increase it as you want. If you start to feel side effects, cut back again.
Green tea contains tannins. It can decrease the absorption of iron and folic acid. So if you are pregnant or trying to conceive, don’t add green tea in your diet.
Not all green teas are equal. Some people think Matcha, a special form of green tea, is more powerful than regular green tea. But whatever you choose, always choose organic. To get the most benefits of green tea, steep for several minutes in hot, but not boiling water.
You can also add healthy ingredients like ginger to get more benefits.
Would you consider making green tea a regular part of your life?