Doctors, nutritionists and herbalists all agree: Green Tea is one of the healthiest drinks around. With numerous health benefits and few side effects, green tea is an excellent drink-of-choice throughout the day. And the reason? It’s all about the antioxidants!
Green tea contains a supercharged antioxidant called catechin. Antioxidants in general, but particularly catechins, help protect cells, the building blocks of our bodies. Exposure to a variety of free radicals from certain foods, excessive sun, smoking and stress can damage cells, thereby putting all bodily systems at risk. Antioxidants defend cells against free radicals that can have harmful effects in many ways, and may even cause cancer. Because there is minimal oxidation during the processing of green tea before it gets to your cup, the catechin content remains in tact, offering vibrant and effective benefits.
The heart and brain are highly connected and green tea happens to be incredibly helpful to both. Studies indicate that green tea can lower cholesterol, improve blood flow and reduce the risk of heart conditions such as high blood pressure and heart disease. On a cognitive level, keeping blood flowing throughout the brain and body improves mental activity and memory function. Also, the polyphenols in green tea have been linked to blocking plaque formation in the brain, which can lead to neurological impairments such as Alzheimer’s disease.
The lower cholesterol and healthy blood pressure benefits from catechins can also help stabilize blood sugar levels by aiding the body in processing sugar. This is incredibly important to those who suffer from diabetes. But stable blood sugar is also important for weight loss. Green tea is known to increase the metabolism, helping the body burn through fat and calories to lose weight and increase muscle endurance. Research also indicates that, through its metabolic boosting properties and blood sugar stabilization, green tea can help maintain a healthy body weight.
In general, tea is healthy because it is hydrating, despite its caffeine content. Tea can has a calming effect, which can be felt as you slowly sip and savoring it. Green tea is especially relaxing because it contains alkaloids that gently tranquilize the nervous system. Plus lowering blood pressure and having a better overall outlook towards health can reduce stress. Additionally, replacing sugary drinks or coffee with tea is a great way to reduce intake of calories and chemicals from processed alternatives.
Green tea can be enjoyed in a variety of ways:
Cheers, to your Green Tea health!