If you’re not much of a green tea drinker—knowing the health benefits of drinking tea will make you want to drink green tea once a week or even every day (if you really want to ensure that you’re getting all the benefits that your mind and body needs).
The origins of green tea started around 5,000 years ago. It’s commonly drunk in East Asia, where the tea leaves are grown. Since the ancient of time, Asians have considered green tea to be a magical drink remedy. And you’ll see why…
- Reduces Free Radicals
Green tea contains polyphenols which include catechins, theaflavins, and tannins that can reduce free radicals in the body. Free radicals are toxic which can cause damage to cells in our bodies and may develop into all kinds of diseases—no bueno! One powerful antioxidant compound to note is Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG)—it has been studied to treat many diseases—si!
2. Improves Brain Function
Green tea contains a compound called amino acid L theanine which can increase dopamine in the brain, ultimately improving blood flow to the brain. As well as, catechin—a potent antioxidant which has a protective shield on neurons that can reduce our risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
For all my coffee lovers—green tea has caffeine too! Green tea may not contain as much caffeine as a cup of espresso, but it has just enough to fire up all neurons in the brain. In addition, the balance between L-theanine and caffeine in green tea can give you more of a stabilized energy than coffee.
3. Kills Bacteria
I don’t like bad breath, do you? Catechin—a healthful nutrient in green tea has other beneficial properties like impeding the growth of streptococcus mutans which is harmful bacteria in the mouth that causes inflammation, tooth decay, and that nasty odor we call bad breath.
4. Sheds Pounds
“If I could just lose three pounds!” Don’t worry, green tea can help you shed some pounds for that party you’ve been planning to go to. Many studies have shown that flavonoids can increase fat oxidation and improve insulin activity. Flavonoids are nutrients that can suppress appetite and increase metabolic rate.
5. Reduces your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
Green tea lowers LDL cholesterol. High levels of LDL cholesterol can increase heart disease and strokes. Studies show that green tea drinkers have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Flavonoids are also associated with cardiovascular disease prevention which can lower the risk of fatty buildups while keeping your LDL cholesterol levels stable.
6. Improves Relaxation
Lastly, green tea comes in all different flavor blends like chamomile flower, lavender, and lemongrass that are pleasant flavors to sooth your restless mind and to release tension in your body after a hard day at work.
We hope you consider these green tea benefits because your mind, body, and spirit is always in need of healing and rejuvenation.
XOXO – @teamsivalya