As most other Irish people, tea has been and probably always will be a significant part of my daily diet (Barry’s gold blend specifically). However recently I have started drinking green tea as the benefits appear to be endless, let me share ten of them with you now in an attempt to convince you to do the same!
1. It is full of antioxidants. when you eat your body turns food into energy which produces a byproduct called free radicals. Free radicals can be damaging and cause aging. But fear not as antioxidants can combat the negative effect of the free radicals.
2.Weight loss. Green tea increases your metabolism. Polyphenol which is found in green tea intensifies levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body converts food into calories.
3. Anti-anxiety and relaxation. Green tea comes chock full of I-theanine which may help you to avoid anxiety and relax. Theanine supposedly acts as a neurotransmitter which increases alpha waves in the brain. Alpha waves are considered to be an indicator of relaxation.
4. Heart health. Scientists think that green tea works on the lining of blood vessels, helping them to keep relaxed and better able to withstand changes in blood pressure.
5. Healthy teeth. Green tea can kill bacteria, which in turn can improve dental health and lower you risk of infection. The catechins in green tea have other biological effects aswell. Some studies have shown they can bill bacteria and inhibit viruses like the influenza virus, potentially lowering your risk of infection. Catechins can inhibit the growth of streptococcus mutans which are the primary harmful bacteria in the mouth. Therefore green tea is associated with improved dental health and a lower risk of cavities.
6. Cholesterol. Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood (low density lipoproteins) and improves the ratio of good cholesterol (high density lipoproteins) to bad cholesterol. This helps reduce risk of coronary heart disease CHD.
7. Cancer fighter. Green tea can activate our internal cancer fighter enzymes which may hinder tumor growth.
8. Brain function. Compounds in green tea can improve brain function and make you smarter. The key active ingredient is caffeine, which is known as a stimulant. Green tea doesn’t contain as much caffeine as coffee but enough to produce a response without causing the jittery effect associated with excess caffeine.
9. Skin care. Apparently green tea can also help with wrinkles and signs of aging. This is due to the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory activities.
10. Diabetes. Green tea can apparently help to regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar levels after eating. This can help prevent high insulin spikes and fat storage.
I hope I have convinced you that Green Tea deserves your full attention. So, drink up because your overall health is about to get a whole lot better!