Green Tea Health Benefits
There has been scientific evidence of the benefits of the ancient green tea as a powerful and natural antioxidant, and it has been suggested that green tea should be included in our everyday diet, as it will have a positive impact on our overall health due to its high content in catechin, polyphenols and EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) – they are powerful anti-oxidant.
Green tea’s popularity has increased in the last few years thanks to its proven health benefits; these are some of the most important benefits and properties:
- Protect Against Cancer: its great content of anti-cancer and antioxidant substances can act brilliantly in preventing various types of cancers by protecting our organism of the harmful effects of the oxidation and mutations that occur in our bodies; the antioxidant in green tea is 100 times more effective than vitamin C.
- Weight Loss: Green tea accelerates the metabolic rate thanks to its high polyphone content; this leads to an increase in energy use and weight loss as a consequence of mobilising the body’s fat deposits.
- Heart Disease: It lowers the cholesterol levels and improves the ratio between good and bad cholesterol; it also prevents blood platelets sticking to produce clots that could narrowed arteries and cause a stroke or heart attack.
- Alzheimer’s: It strengthens the memory and reduces acetylcholine in the brain (substance that causes the disease)
- Anti-Ageing: polyphenols (antioxidant in green tea) effectively fight free radicals, helping to tackle the aging effects in our bodies and promoting longevity; they also counterbalance free radicals and prevent some of the damages caused.
- Cavity Prevention: usual consumers of green tea have less problems with their teeth and gums that those who do not drink it regularly.
- Increase Brain Power: people who drink at least four to six times a week are less likely to show signs of cognitive impairment that those who drink three times per week (according to a 2006 Japanese study)
Green tea is one of the healthiest teas nowadays but consumption should not be abused; the precautions to take are:
- Pregnant women and young children should not consume green tea due to its metabolic accelerator effects.
- It is not recommended for people with hypertension, insomnia, arrhythmia or epilepsy.
- Drink with caution when liver failure is present; too many cups of green tea may increase toxicity in the liver; there are discrepancies about the average consumption of tea but you should drink between two to three cups a day to enjoy its great benefits.
Even when the antioxidant effects of the green tea have been supported by scientific studies, a healthy lifestyle including vegetables, fruits and exercise should be part of your daily routine.
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