Health Benefits of Green Tea.
Green Tea has a wide variety of health benefits to those who wish to drink it.
For one, it’s loaded with antioxidants and nutrients, of which have various powerful effects
on your body.
Green Tea comes loaded with polyphenols (natural compounds which are found in tea that give the flavor.
of the tea itself) which also function as very powerful antioxidants.
Possibly the most powerful compound in green tea is the antioxidant Epigallocatechin Gallate (Or EGCG) which, in studies
has been proven to treat various diseases and may also be one of the main reasons that green tea has such strong
But it doesn’t stop there,
Green Tea does much more than just produce the caffeine to keep you awake. It can also make you smarter believe it or not.
While Green Tea doesn’t contain as much coffee as other forms of Tea. It contains enough to produce a response,
while not having any severe side effects that other caffeine products tend to be associated with. Such as ‘jittery’ effects
that are linked to too much caffeine.
Unlike other forms of caffeine found in Teas and Coffees. Green Tea also contains much more than just caffeine itself.
It has the amino acid L-theanine which in itself, is able to cross the blood-brain barrier.
What L-theanine does is increase the activity of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA, which produce anti-anxiety effects.
While also increasing the dopamine and the production of alpha waves in the brain.
Recent studies by medical professionals have shown that the combination of caffeine and L-theanine can sometimes,
have synergistic effects together. Leading to the combination of the two often causing improved function in the brain.
If you have ever wondered why, while looking at any list of fat burning supplements. There’s a high chance that you will
have come across Green Tea on that list. This is because green tea itself has been shown to increase
fat burning while also boosting the metabolic rate.
Now there has been some studies that suggest Green Tea doesn’t show any increase in metabolism. So it’s fair to point
out that the effects can vary depending on the individual.
Another positive to point out about Green Tea is the amount of powerful antioxidants that inhibit it. Which in theory,
Can reduce your risk of cancer as antioxidants can have a protective effect on cells.
Saying this, it’s probably wise to point out that putting milk in your tea is most likely a bad idea as it can reduce the antioxidant value.
Catchins in green tea have various biological effects.
Some studies have shown how they can kill bacteria and inhibit viruses, such as the influenza virus. Which in turn,
can lower your risk of these infections.
Green Tea has also been known to improve dental health and reduce bad breath!
As mentioned earlier, Green Tea can more often than not, boost the metabolic rate in the short term. So it makes sense
that it can help you lose weight.
Studies carried out on Green Tea have shown that consumption of Green Tea leads to decreases in body fat.
Most notably in the abdominal area.
Then again in other studies, the weight lose while drinking green tea isn’t as significant as you’d probably like it to be.
So this is still to be debated on and should more often than not be taken with a pinch of salt!
In a recant study on around 40,000 Japanese adults, those who consumed the most green tea (usually 5 or more cups a day)
were significantly less likely to die over a period of 11 years.
And in another study of 14,000 Japanese individuals aged from 65-84 years old, the studies found that those
who drank the most green tea were around 76% less likely to die during the 6 year study period.
Type II diabetes is a disease which has, unfortunately reached such epidemic proportions in the past few decades, that
it now effects around 300 million people worldwide.
Type II diabetes involves having elevated blood sugar levels in the form of insulin resistance, or an inability to produce
Further studies have shown that drinking Green Tea can improve insulin sensitivity, which in turn can reduce blood
A study in Japanese individuals has found that those of which drank the most Green Tea had up to a 42% lower risk
of developing the type II Diabetes.
According to a review of a total of 7 studies, in which 286,701 individuals took part who drank Green Tea.
These individuals had an 18% lower risk of becoming diabetic.
As well as been able to improve brain function in the short term, it can also protect your brain in old age.
Alzheimer’s disease, is the most common neurodegenerative disease amoung humans, also a leading cause of dementia.
The second most common neurodegenerative disease, Parkinson’s. involves the death of dopamine producing neurons in the brain.
But multiple studies show that the catechin compounds in Green Tea canc have various protective effects on neurons in test tubes
and animal models. Which, can potentially lower the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
So why actually drink Green Tea?
Well it doesn’t taste half bad, various studies have proven that it can help with various health problems and also
could help you live longer!
If you are a Tea addict, it might be a good idea to try out Green Tea, as even the cheaper varietes positives, far outweigh
any risks that can be associated with caffeine products.