Howdy Freak ! You all must be quite aware of what is Green Tea. If not, then you should definitely check my earlier article about green tea. In that article I have already given a 360 degree view of green tea. This article is a crisp article which covers mainly the top health benefits of green tea.
Green Tea is a type of tea that is actually made from Camellia sinensis leaves (name of the bush or small tree) and buds that have not undergone the same withering ( removal of moisture from the tea leaf) and oxidation process ( is a process through which tea leaves are exposed to the air in order to dry and darken, contributing to the flavor, aroma, and strength of different teas) used to make oolong teas ( a traditional chinese tea ) and black teas. Green tea was originally originated in China. But later its production and manufacturing process has spread to other countries in East Asia.
Considering its nutritional information there are many vitamins in green tea, including vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin B and vitamin C. Some well known species of green tea’s healthy minerals include Manganese, Zinc and Chromium. According to Green Tea Nutrition Facts, a cup of green tea is 99.5 percent water.
It has lots and lots of proven health benefits. In this blog post I am going to cover its top 10 proven health benefits. If you haven’t checked my earlier post on green tea. You can have a look. There you will get a complete description about green tea.
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Benefits of Green Tea
The best part of green tea is present in this portion. You will get to know how beneficial and healthy green tea actually is ! So here are few essential and proven benefits of green tea.
1. Contains antioxidants and healthy compounds
Green tea is highly rich in polyphenols. These are natural compounds that have health benefits such as reducing inflammation, treating bad cells and helping to fight cancer.
Green tea contains antioxidant compounds catechin called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). Catechins are natural antioxidants that help prevent cell damage, treats bad cells and provide other benefits.
These substances can reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, protecting cells and molecules from damage in our human body.
EGCG is one of the most powerful compounds in green tea. Research has tested its ability to help treat various diseases. It appears to be one of the main compounds that gives green tea its true medicinal properties.
Green tea also has small amounts of minerals that can benefit your health. ( Nutritional information you can check in the above section of this article ).
Always prefer to choose a high quality of green tea. There are several low qualities of green tea in market. But they do not promote such effectiveness in human health. So, never compromise with your health for few bucks.
2. Anti – Aging drink
Green tea has shown tremendous proves in improving mental health and promoting ageing factor .
Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease is known to be a common neuro-degenerative disease and is the most common cause of deteriorating cell quality in older adults and involves the death of dopamine-producing neurons in the brain.
Several studies show that the catechin compounds in green tea have various protective effects on neurons lowering the risk of these neurodegenarative diseases.
3. May lower the risk of harmful cells and cancer
The main cause of cancer is uncontrolled growth of cells. If you check the death statistics then you will find that it is one of the leading cause of deaths in the world.
Research has shown that oxidative damage can lead to chronic inflammation which can lead to chronic diseases, including cancers. Antioxidants can help protect against oxidative damage.
As you know green tea is an excellent source of powerful antioxidants therefore, it can really stop maturing these harmful cells and has proven to fight against cancer causing cells.
Green tea has significantly shown to reduce the harmful cancer cell rate generation in breast, prostate, skin and colon cancer.
Many observational studies indicate that green tea drinkers are less likely to develop several types of cancer. However, still further studies are going on to study the rate of these cell generation.
4. Skin quality maintenance
Green tea can apparently also help with wrinkles and the signs of aging. This is because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities.
Green tea has shown significant benefits in getting rid of sun burn and tan. The antioxidants present in green tea generally promotes decrement in aging factor.
Not only from external but if you consider its internal benefits, it has wide variety of internal health benefits. This internal health benefits helps to keep your immune system and bio metabolism healthy. This improves your skin quality and promotes significant benefits in your skin texture.
The antioxidants present has shown results to cure eczema, skin cancer and photoaging.
5. Blood pressure regulation
Green tea is loaded with several effective health benefits. It is widely consumed to enhance the weight loss or fat loss process across the globe.
Green tea can actually help in controlling high blood pressure. Consumption of green tea improves and maintains the flow of blood.
It also reduces inflammation in the heart tissues and pipelines. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants specially catechins which also improves heart health.
It is generally recommended to have two cups of green tea everyday those who are suffering from blood pressure issues. Meta-analysis showed that green tea consumption caused a significant reduction in systolic blood pressure and total and LDL cholesterol.
6. Treatment in depression
Theanine is an amino acid which is naturally found in green tea leaves. It is this substance that provides a relaxing and tranquilizing effect and be a great benefit to tea drinkers.
Green tea is rich in antioxidants that strengthen the immune system and help fight diseases. It also helps in reducing cell damage from free radicals.
A research study covered by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that drinking this tea regularly can reduce the symptoms of depression in older adults.
Stress, anxiety, and feelings of depression commonly occur in older adults. Green tea can be treated as a medicinal drink to reduce such symptoms.
7. Helps in fat burning process
Green tea can actually increase you body’s fat burning process and boost metabolism.
In one study involving 100 healthy men, taking green tea extract increased the number of calories burned by 4%. In another involving 30 healthy men, green tea extract increased fat oxidation by 17%.
However, it also depends on a users body how it responds. Fat burning process may vary from an individual to individual.
The average amount of caffeine in an 8-oz (230-ml) serving of green tea is around 35 mg. However, this can vary. The actual amount can be anywhere between 30 and 50 mg per 8-oz serving. Caffeine may also improve physical performance by properly mobilizing fatty acids from fat tissue and making them available for use as energy.
8. May cure your dental problems
A 2017 study indicated that green tea may reduce oral bacteria which, in turn, can promote the healthy teeth and gums. Researchers also believe that antimicrobial molecules called catechins found in green tea have the potential to kill bacteria associated with tooth decay and gum disease.
This significantly reduces your bad breath and helps to control your dental issues.
Green tea is actually much better for your breath than coffee or milk because it does not contain any dairy substances nor does it cause dry mouth like coffee does.
A Japanese study of almost 1,000 men found that regularly drinking green tea promotes healthier gums. This means regular green tea drinkers will experience less tooth loss during the aging process.
9. Helps to reduce heart diseases and maintains cholesterol level
A meta-analysis from the American Journal of Clinical Nutritionsuggests that green tea significantly reduces total cholesterol, including LDL or “bad” cholesterol, in the blood to 2.19 mg/dL.
A compound found in green tea could help break up plaques that are linked to dangerous blockages, researchers suggest. The research, part-funded by the BHF, found that a compound in green tea can break up and dissolve potentially dangerous protein plaques found in the cardiac blood vessels.
A study of 40,530 Japanese adults found that participants who drank more than five cups of green tea a day had a 26% lower risk of death from heart attack or stroke and a 16% lower risk of death from all causes than people who drank less than one cup of green tea a day.
Last year, a meta-analysis of observational studies—13 conducted in green tea drinkers and five in black tea drinkers—found that people who drank the most green tea had a 28% lower risk of coronary artery disease than those who drank the least green tea. Black tea had no effect on heart risk.
10. Controls blood sugar level
The catechins (antioxidants) present in green tea helps to reduce the effects of insulin resistance by decreasing the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates. Green tea also has a powerful antioxidant called polyphenol that may have anti-inflammatory properties.
Green tea has also proven to benefit Type 2 Diabetes which involves having elevated blood sugar levels, which may be caused by inability to produce insulin.
One study in Japanese individuals found that those who drank the most green tea had an approximately 53 % lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
According to a review of 7 studies with a total of 286,701 individuals, green tea drinkers had an 22 % lower risk of diabetes.
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