Many of the restaurants in Mt. Airy now offer green tea. It’s become a popular drink because of the benefits green tea provides for the body. Staying hydrated is important and water is one way to do that. When you drink green tea, it not only hydrates you, it also provides phytonutrients. Using lemon in your green tea boosts the catechin benefits by as much as 600%. Just don’t add sugar or it diminishes the benefits. If you need to add a sweetener, use a small amount of honey.
Green tea can help you control free radicals and reduce the potential for disease.
Antioxidants help eliminate free radicals that can cause cell damage. Cell damage can lead to conditions like premature aging and cancer. One of the most potent antioxidants in green tea is EGCG—epigallocatechin-3-gallate. Studies show it can reduce the potential for oral, stomach, pancreatic, breast, and prostate cancer. Green tea also protects the skin from aging. Besides hydrating the body and fading wrinkles, it also reduces free radicals that can age skin, fighting the effects of photoaging.
When you boost your metabolism, you make weight loss easier.
The catechins in green tea improve metabolism, as they protect the body from disease. Studies show that green tea can boost your metabolism and increase fat burning. One blind study compared people who used a green tea extract and those who took a placebo. The results were eye-opening. Those taking the green tea extract had as high as a 17% increase in calories burned. Green tea acts in synergy, boosting the effectiveness of hormones that break down fat cells, releasing them as energy.
Increase your alertness and protect your brain.
Green tea increases your energy and alertness, but you won’t get the shaky sensation that occurs when you drink coffee. It contains caffeine that blocks adenosine. That lets neurotransmitters such as dopamine improve alertness and concentration. Since Green tea also contains L-theanine, you won’t get the shakes as you do with coffee. L-theanine increases GABA, a different neurotransmitter, producing an anti-anxiety effect. As you boost your alertness, you’ll remain calm.
- Studies show that people who drank at least three cups of green tea daily for a year had a 30 to 40 % lowered risk of Parkinson’s. It also helps prevent other neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.
- Consuming it regularly can also reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. It helps control blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of insulin resistance, a precursor of diabetes.
- Drinking green tea can keep your breath fresher and protect your teeth. It does that by reducing the bacteria in the mouth. It has an antibiotic and antifungal effect and may help make teeth stronger.
- Some types of green tea are healthier than others. Matcha tea has the highest vitamin C. It can improve the immune system. Studies indicate that people who drink a minimum of five cups a day live longer.
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