Tea and Coffee rule the roost of preferred beverages, and among tea, green tea emerges victorious. This is due to increased awareness of ingredients and nutrients, and the need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Green tea contains a large number of antioxidants and anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, which make it a tasty and nutritious addition to the diet. It is not surprising that people around the world are including Green tea in their diet. It contains vitamins, polyphenols, caffeine, and amino acids including theanine. Polyphenols include catechins, the main constituent that packs a punch of antioxidants in this tea. Here are some amazing health benefits that provide reasons to include Green tea in your diet:
- Properties that Burn Fat
A speedy metabolism is a great way to stay healthy and feel well. Green tea contains caffeine and catechins, both of which help to speed up the metabolism and keep it working optimally. A well-functioning metabolism burns fat faster while ensuring its proper utilization, ensures steady blood circulation, keeps your heart pumping at a normal rate, and supports the optimal functioning of the digestive system.
- May Combat Certain Types of Cancers
While a lot more research is required to conclusively prove this, Green tea does have the ability to strengthen the immune system and rid the body of harmful toxins. Both these ‘actions’ do essay a major role in keeping the body healthy and give the body the ability to even fend off certain types of cancers – mouth, pancreas, kidney, stomach, mammary glands, and other types of cancers.
- Soothing Effect
Soothe frayed nerves and calm yourself with a cup of hot Green tea. The calming and soothing effect of Green tea is attributed to the amino acid L-theanine. L-theanine keeps the heart rate steady and brings down stress levels, which in turn improves mood and a feeling of well-being. A feeling of calmness enables better concentration and alertness and also supports a good night’s sleep.
- Enhances Antioxidants Levels
The catechins in Green tea effectively combat excess free radicals in the body. Free radicals and toxins are the ‘miscreants’ that cause cell damage that in turn leads to accelerated ageing and cell mutation that can cause cancer. Catechins increase the antioxidative enzymes in the blood, which thus helps to combat environmental and pollution-related ‘stress’ on the body. Including Green tea in your diet helps the body from the inside.
- Keeps You Hydrated
Green tea is just water with nutrients, and when drunk in moderation (since it contains caffeine) provides the body with the hydration it requires. Importantly also is the fact that unsweetened Green tea contains less than three calories, and hence is a guilt-free beverage. Keeping the body hydrated is a great way to maintain the health of the skin and hair too. Including Green tea in your diet is not only healthy but keeps you looking great!
- Combats Inflammation
Green tea contains flavonoids that are nature’s way of combating inflammation. The component Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) in Green tea protects cell DNA and also has anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, Green tea also has antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties that combat illness and inflammation.
- Prevents Bone Loss
Green tea stimulates mineralization (the process of deposition of minerals on the bone matrix for the development of bone) promoting bone health. The strengthening of the bones combats osteoporosis (bones weakening/becoming brittle).
Including Green tea in your diet is undoubtedly a great idea, given the range of health benefits. The list mentioned is not exhaustive. Green tea is an elixir of health – helps you lose weight, lowers the risk of chronic illnesses, boosts brain function, and lends an overall feeling of wellness. Do check with your doctor though, if you are suffering from a medical condition and or are on medication. Wishing you the best of health always!
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