A cup of green tea a day can keep the doctor away.
We should start using that premise instead of “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”.
Truth be told, green tea is one of the healthiest drinks you can consume.
Now, I love my green tea, despite its rather lousy or blunt taste. The best thing is that you do not even need to consume it hot.
You can prepare it in the morning, or the evening before, and drink a cup whenever you want.
What I do, for example, is to prepare one liter of green tea in the morning, store it in a bottle, and keep with me as the day goes.
Whenever I feel like I want to drink water, I get a cup of green tea.
Now, while there is truth in the saying that “no food will protect you from disease”, everything you eat and drink contributes to your overall health.
So why drink some unhealthy juices, when you can have green tea?
And there are many reasons to “go green”. Here are some.
If you are suffering from allergies, you absolutely want green tea in your sniffle-fighting arsenal.
Green tea is anti-allergic, and as a study back in 2002 showed, green tea is especially effective in reducing pollen allergies.
Green tea contains one of the most potent compounds for fighting allergies, epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG.
When you think of good eyesight, carrots are the first thing that comes to mind.
However, I am here to tell you that there is a new kid on the block, and his name is green tea.
And according to science, green tea is an even better option for improving eyesight.
Green tea contains antioxidants that can penetrate the tissue of your eye and produce antioxidant activity there.
Back in 2001, a study showed that consuming green tea can actually prevent cataract-induced blindness.
One of the most frequent and common uses of green tea is in the diet industry.
If you want to lose weight, green tea is one of your best friends.
Now, I must tell you, green tea will not melt your pounds off radically.
However, the EGCG ingredient, which I mentioned previously, can help you drop few pounds.
For starters, green tea improves and speeds up your metabolism, causing you to burn fatter.
But the best way is to switch to green tea as an alternative to soda juices.
For example, all things being equal, drinking green tea instead of soda drinks and juices will save you more than 50,000 calories. Or, 15 pounds per year.
Now, how is that for weight loss?
Make You Smarter
Now, I bet you didn’t know that one of the green tea benefits is that you will be smarter?
The trick is that green tea contains caffeine, and unlike coffee, green tea is much healthier.
Caffeine is a known stimulant and improves your brain function.
Caffeine works in a way that it blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter, which results with an increase of firing of neurons.
The end result is a higher concentration of dopamine and norepinephrine.
There have been various studies on the effect of caffeine, and how it makes us smarter.
And the best thing is that green tea contains other active ingredients that make us smarter.
For example, green tea also contains L-theanine, another compound that improves brain function.
And in combination with caffeine, you get a potent mixture that will make you smarter.
Improve Physical Activity
Another way that drinking green tea helps you lose weight is that you will feel boost for your physical activity.
The benefits go back to the caffeine, as there have been studies that show that caffeine and green tea for that example can increase your physical performance by more than 10%.
Lower Risk of Cancer
Green tea has been associated with lowering symptoms and preventing three types of cancer: breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colorectal cancer.
The benefits go back to the high concentration of antioxidants in green tea.
Now, on to the numbers: according to studies, women drinking green tea have 20% lower risk of developing breast cancer; men drinking green tea have 48% lower risk of developing prostate cancer; last but not least, drinking green tea lower the risk for developing colorectal cancer by 57%.
Talking about benefits of green tea, we must mention that green tea lowers your bad cholesterol.
According to a study from 2011, five cups of green tea per day can lower your LDL cholesterol by up to 2.19 mg/dL.
I am sure you are thinking now how you can replace unhealthy drinks and snacks with green tea. Right?
Promote Gum Health and Teeth Health
I know I know, drinking tea and other hot beverages can stain your teeth.
Green tea contains tannic acid, an active ingredient that provides the tea with the dark-like color.
However, what you need to know is that consumption of green tea can improve your overall teeth and gum health.
Green tea contains catechin, an active ingredient that reduces inflammation, which helps with reducing symptoms of periodontal disease.
The next time you are packing for your holiday on the beach, pack some green tea along your sunscreen.
As mentioned, green tea contains catechin, an ingredient that reduces inflammation.
But catechin also reduces skin redness after you’ve been exposed to UV rays.
Two cups of green tea are enough to reduce the effect of UV rays.
And if you didn’t know, UV exposure contributes in your skin aging.
So, if you want to look younger for a longer period of your life, pack some green tea when going to the beach.