Why Green Tea Is Good for You

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Why Green Tea Is Good for You

The weather is cooling down, and it’s just the perfect time of the year to drink more tea or just add to your daily routine. Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world after water.

There are many types of teas: herbal, black and popular green tea. Green tea is not only the favourite because of the taste but because of the many health benefits it provides.

Let start from the beginning….

The History:

It all started in China back in 2737 B.C. when the Chinese Emperor accidentally drank water that was infused with green tea leaf. The Emperor loved the taste, and from there and then green tea was created. Back then it was primarily a beverage to the highest tiers of the society as it was costly to buy.

And then in the 14th century, green tea became accessible to the general public.

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Nowadays you can find green tea as a leaf, powder and pill form as well as in supplements. Plus, green tea is popular in all corners of the world.

Real Benefits

Since the popularity of green tea, many researchers have found a connection between drinking tea and better health. So how drinking green tea will be beneficial to YOUR health?

Here are the top 5 benefits of drinking green tea:

  1. Packed with antioxidants. Green tea is loaded with polyphenol, which is excellent for reducing inflammation and helping fight cancer.
  2. It helps with brain function. Green tea will boost the brain’s cognitive function due to the added amino acid L-theanine, which increases dopamine in the brain.
  3. Increase fat burning and physical performance. This is because green tea increases the metabolic rate in the body, which is due to the caffeine amount in the tea. Caffeine mobilises fatty acids from the fat tissues and makes them available for use as energy.
  4. Can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This is because green tea reduces blood sugar levels as well as improve insulin sensitivity.
  5. Helps to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease as green tea lowers the levels of cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.

How does it work?

Green tea has been used in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine for many years. Today green tea is basically just another tea. However, the many health benefits of this tea can see you living longer and healthier than ever.

Tea is rich in polyphenol and green tea has about 30% of it per weight. Green tea also has a large amount of catechin called EGCG.

Catechin is a natural antioxidant, which helps to prevent cell damage, and ECGC (Epigallocatechin Gallates) is one of the most potent compounds in green tea.

The combination of the substances will help to reduce free radicals, protecting cells and molecules from damage.

How Much Then?

So, you might be thinking “ok, I can see the benefits, but how much do I need to drink to actually get the benefits from it?”

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First, you have to remember that green tea has around 25mg of caffeine per standard cup while a standard shot of espresso has about 102mg of caffeine.

So, it will really vary depending on each individual, but anywhere between one to five cups a day seems to work well.

Final Notes

As you now know, green tea is packed full of antioxidants and nutrients. The health benefits that this powerful tea can give you is amazing, from weight loss and better brain function to reducing inflammation and cardiovascular disease.

So, consider having green tea as part of your daily routine. With so many variations of green tea available, you are sure to find a form that will best suit your lifestyle. Always remember to have a high-quality brand of tea, as lower quality can contain high amounts of fluoride.

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Camila Griffin

Health & Fitness Writer

I am a journalist/writer who loves the health and fitness industry. I graduated from the University of Queensland in 2008, and I have been involved in the fitness and health industry for many years. I have taught Body Pump in the past and competed at WBFF. I love writing and researching about nutrition and supplements. In my spare time, you'll find me at the beach.
 

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