Green tea was originated in China.
Green tea was discovered by Emperor Shennong who is a mythical philosopher and a popular figure in the mythology of Chinese agriculture and medicine.
Green tea is one of the most healthiest beverages on earth.
Here I give you all 9 proved benefits of Green tea
1. IT MAY REDUCE THE RISK OF CANCER
Green tea is an excellent source of potent antioxidants. These antioxidants can help protect against oxidative damage.
In simple words there is something called as ‘free radicals’ that damage our tissues. It’s like rust forming on an iron. Now what these antioxidants do is they prevent that rust from forming on an iron. Similarly antioxidants help by protecting our tissues against oxidative damage.
Green tea is rich in catechin polyphenols, in particular epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is a powerful antioxidant.
These polyphenols are very powerful and have anti cancer activities.
A study showed that EGCG enhances the effects of ginseng compounds in the inhibition of the colon cancer cell growth.
Along with that green tea also reduces the risk of cancers of breast, prostate, lung, stomach, liver and colorectal.
2. IT MAY HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT
Green tea helps in burning fat and helps in boosting your metabolism.
Our body has different types of fats and green tea promotes breakdown of stubborn belly fat.
Green tea also reduces your appetite which will make you consume fewer calories automatically. Although this entirely depends on an individual’s appetite and still there is a conflict between studies on this topic but many studies have shown that green tea definitely helps you to lose weight.
3. RELIEVE STRESS AND ANXIETY
Have you ever noticed that when you drink green tea or herbal tea, it instantly lift your mood and has some magical calming effect on your mind?
Well, Green tea is high in L-theanine, an amino acid that might reduce anxiety. Relaxation effect is because component of green tea promotes alpha wave production.
Green tea has calming effect on your mind and has good results when it comes relieving stress, anxiety, depression and your overall mental health.
Also green tea contains much less caffeine than black tea.
A study found that students who drink green tea experiences lower level of stress than those who don’t.
4. IT MAY HELP PREVENT TYPE-2 DIABETES
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic medical condition in which sugar or glucose levels build up in your bloodstream. Type 2 diabetes develops when the body becomes resistance to insulin or when the pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that help you to keep your blood sugar level from getting too high or too low.
A study in Japan revealed that those people who drank green tea had lower risk of type 2 diabetes compared to normal tea drinkers.
Again the antioxidants present in green tea helps reduce the effects of insulin resistance by decreasing the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates.
We all know that people with diabetes have problems with metabolising sugar.
Green tea help sensitise cells so they are able to metabolise sugar.
5. PREVENT BAD BREATH
Many of us constantly chew flavoured sugar gums or mints to combat bad breath.
Again the abundant antioxidants in green tea helps cleanse the bacteria from your mouth which makes green tea a very good remedy for bad breath. It has antibacterial effects that reduces bacteria in the mouth that causes bad breath and gives you a refreshing feeling throughout the day.
Green tea has high levels of fluoride that prevents tooth decay and helps you to maintain good oral hygiene.
6. IT MAY HELP PREVENT CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE
Drinking green tea is a good news to your heart. It reduces the risk of heart attacks.
Studies have shown that green tea may lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides and that reduces risk of death from heart disease and stroke.
Green tea extract keeps arteries clogged-free.
Along with green tea you should also try ginger tea as it is good for your heart.
(The drawback of this research is that it was carried out in a laboratory not in real-life setting)
7. LOWERS YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE
Green tea extracts possess antioxidants and ACE-inhibitor properties.
Like I said before it has cardioprotective effect and evidence showed that it is associated with blood vessel relaxation.
Green tea consumption causes significant reduction in the systolic blood pressure.
(Although it showed no significant effects on diastolic blood pressure)
But yes it definitely helps in lowering your blood pressure and maintaining good health.
8. GOOD FOR SKIN
So now we know that green tea contains a lot of antioxidant that also fights DNA damage from ultraviolet rays and also prevent skin cancer.
It also reduces redness and it is a good hydrating mask to apply on your face.
It contains vitamin B2 and vitamin E which are important for maintaining good skin health.
Vitamin B2 plays an important role in maintaining collagen levels for good skin structure and firmness whereas vitamin E supports new skin cell growth and gives a nourished skin
So I hope in this blog you understood the possible health benefits of green tea. Now let’s get into some side effects of green tea.
SIDE EFFECTS OF GREEN TEA
In some individuals side effects of green tea are seen, so I do not want to ignore this part.
1. Drinking green tea on an empty stomach can cause an upset stomach. Green tea has polyphenols known as tannins that increase stomach acid, which further leads to stomachache, nauseous feeling, burning sensation, diarrhoea or even constipation. You must drink green tea in between meals or after a meal.
2. If you take anti-coagulant drugs I suggest you consult your doctor before taking green tea.
3. It may also cause insomnia.
4. Green tea seems to reduce the absorption of iron from food.
Also I would like to clear that there is always a conflict between whether the research or studies are proved or no but not everything needs to be proved 100% because we still see great effects on our body by consuming green tea.
Green tea has more benefits than side-effects so I would recommend that you make green tea a regular part of your life but don’t over do it. It is acceptable if you are a normal tea drinker, you can still drink green tea occasionally if you want.
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