7 Interesting Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea is overflowing with antioxidants

Green tea is full of antioxidants, polyphenols, and flavonoids that build immunity and protect us from common health issues like cold and flu. The major polyphenols present are flavonoids, which reduce inflammation in the body and function as powerful antioxidants to protect the body against diseases. The antioxidant polyphenols have been found to help in bone building and minimizing the risk of fracture. As part of a balanced diet, green tea acts as a superfood enriched with antioxidants.

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Antioxidants delay ageing of skin

Research has shown that polyphenols in green tea preserve skin health and protect it from the effects of harsh ultraviolet (UV) rays. It decelerates ageing and has other anti-inflammatory benefits. Due to its capability in preventing the breakdown of collagen and elastic fibres of the skin, green tea also helps fight against wrinkles. Regular Green tea consumption also facilitates healthy hair and clear rejuvenated skin.

Maintains good brain health

The key ingredient to keeping you alert is caffeine, which is a known stimulant in coffee. However, green tea doesn’t contain as much caffeine as coffee, but just enough to initiate a response without the side effects of too much caffeine. Such types of teas contain an amino acid called L-theanine, which produces a relaxing effect. The powerful combination of caffeine and L-theanine optimizes brain function to enhance working memory and uplift the mood. It is a potent protector against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Green tea enhances brain function and the catechin compounds in it aid in lowering the risk of Dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is a common neurodegenerative disease and the main cause of Dementia in older adults. Parkinson’s disease is another common neurodegenerative disease where the dopamine-producing neurons in the brain die away.

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Accelerates weight loss and aids in weight management

Research shows green tea can boost your metabolic rate resulting in escalated fat burning, due to its thermogenic properties. It stimulates fat burning by reversing metabolism and also curbs cravings to an extent. It inhibits a process known as angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels. The growth of fat tissues depends on it.

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Lowers the risk of Cancer

Cancer, one of the world’s leading causes of death is caused by the uncontrolled growth of cells. Green tea prevents cancer by providing protection against damage that can trigger the rampant growth of cells, which ultimately leads to cancerous mutations. Although there have been many observational studies indicating how such tea drinkers are less susceptible to develop certain types of cancer (skin, breast, lung, or colon), an in-depth research is needed to confirm the same.

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Boosts immunity

Green tea contains valuable antioxidants that contain antibacterial and antifungal properties that boost immunity. Streptococcus mutans is a common bacterium in the mouth that is the cause of plaque formation, contributing to cavities and tooth decay. Green tea contains a substance called catechins, which inhibits the growth of oral bacteria. The catechins present have antibacterial properties and help reduce bad breath by suppressing the growth of bacteria, thereby lowering the risk of infections. In fact, Japanese research has shown that regular green tea drinkers even live longer.

It also aids in maintaining a healthy heart by increasing the good cholesterol and reducing the bad cholesterol in the body, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease.

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Green tea helps prevent diabetes

In many cases, studies have shown that green tea improves insulin sensitivity and reduces blood sugar levels. Scientists found that the consumption of green tea was inversely associated with the risk of developing diabetes since it helped in lowering fasting blood sugar levels.

Wondering how to get started? Well, listed below are some of the most popular brands of green teas that you can buy online.

Look no more and start drinking for a healthier and happier version of you!

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Shreya Paul
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