Green tea originated from China and has been used as a medicine for many years. Its been known to have multiple health benefits, and it’ll be rare to find a nutritionist that doesn’t swear by adding this detox tea to a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately approximately 80% of our population are still big black tea drinkers. Here’s 5 reasons to consider going Green..
- This brew helps combat diseases
Green tea is made from un-oxidized leaves and is one of the less processed types of tea. The antioxidants and beneficial polyphenols it contains help to cleanse our bodies.
These detoxifying substances protect cells and molecules which can reduce the formation of free radicals in the body. Free radicals are known to play a role in all sorts of diseases.
2. It zaps fat and increases energy
The polyphenol found in green tea enhances fat burning and boosts your metabolic rate, meaning that food and calories are broken down quicker. Additionally, in one study in 10 healthy men, green tea increased energy expenditure by 4%
Who doesn’t want to be more toned with more energy right?
3. It’s a cuppa that keeps you pretty
Green tea can apparently help with wrinkles and signs of aging!
Ever wondered why so many skincare products contain green tea extract? This is because their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities help inhibit free radicals from breaking down collagen, the protein in our skin that keeps us looking young.
Both animal and human studies have also demonstrated that green tea applied topically can reduce sun damage.
4. Its a beverage that could make you savvy
The key active ingredient is a small amount of natural caffeine, which is a known stimulant to improve brain function. Caffeine has been intensively studied before and consistently leads to improvements in various aspects of brain function, including improved mood, vigilance, reaction time and memory. Specifically, green tea drinkers showed increased connectivity in key parts of the brain associated with memory.
5. Going green can help with those pearly whites
- Cavities – Green tea is anti-bacterial, it may help reduce bacteria and acid in the mouth.
- Gums – Green tea’s anti-inflammatory substance can aid in controlling gum disease.
- Tooth Loss – A study in the Journal of Periodontology showed that green tea may markedly reduce enamel loss.
- Oral Cancer – Not only has green tea been linked to helping prevent breast and prostate cancer, but may slow the progression of oral cancer as well.
- Smelly breath – Bacteria and other microbes make our breath smell, errr. Green tea’s anti-bacterial properties fight stinky bacteria too! Winning.
For me it’s a no brainer really. I choose to be healthy and youthful..pass me the Twinings.