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5 Reasons You Should Start Drinking Green Tea

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Green tea is amazing...drink it!

Recently, I started to drink green tea for my acne.  It worked well in clearing up my skin, but I was delighted to read that green tea has an impressive amount of health benefits that are, most importantly, backed by scientific research.  Here are 5 reasons why you should start drinking green tea every day.  The health benefits that it provides are really too great to pass up.

1.  It helps your memory

That’s right!  Drinking green tea is associated with a lower prevalence of cognitive impairment in humans.[4062]  Drink it regularly, and you can prevent your memory from aging poorly. 

2.  It lowers the rate of heart disease and cancer…even if you smoke

Green tea provided high levels of polyphenols and antioxidants, which improve cardiovascular health, improves cholesterol levels, and prevents blood platelets from sticking together.[4063]  This is why researchers have discussed the idea of an “Asian paradox”, which refers to the lower rates of cancer and heart disease in Asia despite the higher rate of cigarette smoking. 

3.  It makes you less fat

Who wouldn’t mind losing a bit of extra baggage?  Green tea not only lowers body fat, but also prevents one of America’s biggest tragedies, the skyrocketing rates of obesity.[4064]  If you're trying to lose weight, green tea can most definitely aid your cause. 

4.  It strengthens your immune system

Green tea has the ability to increase regulatory T cells in the body which means that your immune system is strengthened by drinking it.[4065]  Want a Superman-like immune system?  Drink a cup or two of green tea a day.

5.  It makes you happier

Green tea consumption is associated with lower depression levels in the elderly[4066].  So if you’re depressed or perfectly fine, drinking green tea can help lower your depressive symptoms.

It’s quite amazing at what one drink can do, isn’t it?  Keep in mind, these are only a few of the scientifically backed benefits of green tea, and many will vouch for its other benefits as well.  There is really no reason why you shouldn’t drink green tea, and after reading over these benefits backed by scientific research and evidence, I hope you start drinking it today!


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