Green tea is loaded with antioxidants which yield Green tea a host of benefits making it one of the healthiest beverages to consume. Here are a few of the health benefits of Green tea that deserve to be talked about.
The powerful bioactive ingredients help in promoting overall health
The few of the well known bioactive ingredients present in Green tea include polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins. Another powerful compound is Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) which is a category of powerful catechins which help in promoting good health. All these compounds help in reducing the formation of free radicals in the body and are known to play a major role in protecting cells and molecules from damage. These radicals also play an anti-ageing role and fighting diseases.
Apart from these ingredients, Green tea also has minerals which have huge health benefits.
Stimulates brain function
Caffeine present in Green tea help in an important stimulant for the brain. The good thing about Green tea is that it contains just the optimum amount of caffeine which is much lesser than the amount of caffeine present in coffee.
This healthy quantity of caffeine present in Green tea blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine. This in turns results in deeper focusing abilities. The firing of neurons is increased along with the concentration of neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine.
This helps in improving overall brain functions like focus, mood stability, vigilance and response time.
Another important compound that Green tea contains which helps in promoting brain health is L-theanine. L-theanine along with caffeine has synergetic effects on the body. Along with increasing the amount of dopamine, it also increases the production of alpha waves in the brain.
So if you are looking for a stable source of energy which will create a good impact on your overall productivity levels, then Green tea is recommended.
Lowering the chances of cancer
All forms of cancer are caused by uncontrolled growth of cells and more and more lives face the risk of being diagnosed with cancer every day.
The role of antioxidants in reducing the oxidative stress is well known and hence Green tea might be helpful in lowering the chances of cancer.
Some studies have revealed how women who have Green tea regularly have 22 per cent lesser chance of developing breast cancer. There are similar studies which have analyzed the impact of Green tea in preventing prostate cancer in man which have shown a decrease of about 48 per cent. Since prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in men, regular consumption of Green tea might a good way to fight the chances.
Promoting weight loss
Green tea has an impact in increasing the metabolism rate and facilitating the fat burning process. This results in an overall weight loss. Studies reveal that fat oxidation can go up by 17 per cent through regular consumption of Green tea.
Caffeine also plays a role here. Along with stimulating the brain, it also increases the physical performance and metabolism rate which leads to more burning of fat.
Read more: how to drink Green tea for weight loss
Helps in maintaining good mental health
Green tea is known for its effects on improving brain functions. What this means is that the effects of ageing on the brain are reduced.
Many diseases like Alzheimer’s disease associated with memory loss can be prevented to a certain extent by regular consumption of Green tea. Similarly, Parkinson’s disease is also associated with dementia.
The catechins present in Green tea protect neurons against such damage. Hence, Green tea is expected to reduce the chances of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Helps in maintaining good dental health
Streptococcus mutans are the harmful bacteria in the mouth that are responsible for most dental health issues. This form of bacteria is responsible for the formation of cavities, plaque and other dental issues that lead to tooth decay.
The catechins present in Green tea improve dental health by preventing the growth of Streptococcus mutans.
Along with fighting bacteria, it also helps in fighting virus such as the virus that causes influenza.
Not only that, but Green tea can also be used to fight bad breath. It has the ability to inhibit the growth of bacteria and viruses that cause dental diseases. This is done by slowing down the growth of bacteria that leads to bad breath. A dental hygiene routine with Green tea requires you to wash your mouth with a high concentration of Green tea (1 tea bag in 1 cup of water), and it will freshen up your mouth instantly.
Application of Green tea concentrate on the gums can help in reduce gum inflammation.
Helps in promoting good health of the heart
The antioxidants present in Green tea are well known for their effects in reducing the cholesterol levels. This is useful in maintaining good cardiovascular health.
Along with this, it also prevents LDL (low-density lipoproteins)cholesterol particles from oxidation which is also important for preventing heart diseases. Tannins help in reducing the level of LDL cholesterol in the body. LDL is known as the “bad cholesterol” as it can cause a plaque build-up in the arteries, thus causing blockages.
Green tea also reduces the overall cholesterol consumption in the gut which helps in keeping cholesterol levels in check.
Some studies have found out that drinking Green tea reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases by 31 per cent.
Reduces the risk of type 2 Diabetes
The regulation of blood sugar levels is extremely necessary for people who are prone to developing diabetes. Green tea has been studied for its effects on reducing diabetes and one study revealed that it is capable of reducing the chances of diabetes by about 42 per cent. Also, Green tea is helpful in increasing insulin sensitivity which reduces the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in the long run.
Helps you relax
The compound L-Theanine found in Green tea can provide a calming effect on the mind and body. Hence, Green tea helps you relax better. L-Theanine is a relaxing and non-dietary amino acid found pretty much exclusively in teas from Camellia Sinensis.
Promotes healthy skin
The polyphenols present in Green tea help in reducing skin ageing. Apart from that, the various antioxidants present in Green tea actively act of the free radicals and hence reduce the damage caused by sun exposure. It is for this reason tea concentrate is used in cosmetics. It helps in preventing the free radicals from settling between the skin cells, which weakens the health protection system of the skin, thus causing the formation of wrinkles on the skin.
A Green tea concentrate can directly be applied to the skin to reduce visible damages to the skin, reduce sunburn and prevent the formation of acne.
Helps in hair growth
A compound DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) prevents hair growth and causes hair to fall. Green tea promotes healthy hair by preventing the formation of DHT.
Also, due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, it stops the formation of dandruff and prevents other scalp related issues. This is due to the polyphenols, Vitamin E and Vitamin C present in Green tea.
Helps in fighting allergies
Green tea is helpful in fighting most kind of allergies and related infections. EGCG, a catechin compound found in Green tea blocks the key cell receptors that produce histamine and immunoglobulin E (IgE), that are compounds involved in producing an allergic response, and thus, helps in stopping your body from reacting to allergens like pollen, pet dander, and dust, amongst others.
Relieves stress and depression
Green tea is good for the brain and is known to reduce depression. The polyphenols present in Green tea help your brain maintain a steady supply of its primary fuel — glucose.
Theanine is a compound which plays an important role here. It is the amino acid that helps in reducing stress and anxiety. Also, due to the optimum amount of caffeine content in Green tea, it is great for those who have anxiety problems. This optimum amount of caffeine is good for generating just the right amount of mental alertness.
Soothes stomach issues
Bacteria destroying antiseptic properties of Green tea are also helpful in reducing the chances of stomach infections and food poisoning caused by bacteria. However, too much of Green tea can cause alternate effects as the tannins are capable of increasing the acid content and stomach leading to further digestion issues.
Prevents Osteoporosis and promotes bone health
Over time, our bones tend to become brittle and weak. The fluoride content in Green tea is known to fight this and slow down the breakdown. This helps in preventing conditions such as Osteoporosis
Where can I buy Green tea?
Pure Ceylon Green tea is available at teakruthi.
This tea comes from Sri Lanka’s famous Nanu Oya region. History of the region dates back to the time of the popular Indian epic Ramayana. As the legend goes the Sri Lankan king, Ravana, kidnapped the princess, Sita, and hid her in caves in the surrounding area. Later, in 1896, the first tea seeds were planted in the Nanu Oya District. Since then, the superiority of teas grown on this single estate has set them far above the rest — literally. At an elevation of between 1,402-1,950m, this high grown tea has spent its life on top of the world.
teakruthi's Mythical Green blend appears yellow in colour and boasts a mild, roasted flavour that will earn it a permanent place in your cup.
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