Why Green Tea?
Green tea has been used as a medicine for thousands of years, originating in China but widely used throughout Asia this beverage has a multitude of uses from lowering blood pressure to preventing cancer. The reason that green tea has more health benefits attached to it than black tea is (apparently) due to the processing. Black tea is processed in a way that allows for fermentation whereas green tea’s processing avoids the fermentation process. As a result, green tea retains maximum amount of antioxidants and poly-phenols the substances that give green tea its many benefits.
Here are 5 health benefits of green tea that have been confirmed in human research studies.
1. Make your heart healthier
Green tea contains significant amounts of flavonoids, antioxidants that protect against heart disease by slowing the breakdown of LDL cholesterol, preventing blood clots, and improving blood vessel function. Green tea is also associated with lower cholesterol and lower rates of artery blockages. People who drink a cup or two a day have a 46 percent lower risk of developing narrowed arteries. Upping that to three cups a day lowers the risk of having a heart attack by 43 percent and of dying from a heart attack by 70 percent.
2. Fat Burner
“Green tea has thermogenic properties and promotes fat oxidation beyond that explained by its caffeine content per se”. That’s what Dr. Abdul G. Dulloo, author of a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition said to WebMD.While caffeine has been shown to help burn fat and increase metabolism, it’s good to know the effect of green tea on metabolism is much more than that, because simply ramping up caffeine intake will definitely give you the jitters.Another piece in the Journal of Advances in Nutrition mentioned that a number of studies have witnessed how green tea can improve fat burning.While overall research is still limited, given the health benefits of green tea, if it is a fat burner to boot, why not? We already know that green tea is full of antioxidants, is good for both the heart and brain, and can help fight cancer, so why shouldn’t we drink it?
Researchers aren’t entirely sure why it reduce this bad substance, but one animal study suggests that the polyphenols inside this beverage may block this substance from being absorbed by your intestines and may even assist the body get rid of it.If this is the case, green tea would act as a sort of cholesterol blocker, preventing it from having an effect on your organism.By fighting bad and increasing good one, you help improve your cardiovascular health as too much of it can clog your arteries, which can cause heart disease and other problems.
4. Keeps You Looking And Feeling Young
The most important ingredient at work in green tea is Catechins that are basically antioxidants. Antioxidants help in the prevention of cell damage and since that’s what causes ageing, green tea helps slowing the process and keeping you feeling and looking young!
5.Improves Brain function
Compounds in green tea can improve brain function and make you smarter. The key active ingredient is caffeine, which is a known stimulant. It doesn’t contain as much as coffee, but enough to produce a response without causing the ‘jittery’ effects associated with too much caffeine.