From Starbuck’s drinks to chocolate snacks, there are many ways to enjoy Green tea and it has been becoming really popular these days. Green tea originated from China and is made from Camellia sinensis leaves that have undergone only minimal oxidation. It is also loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that our body can benefit from.
To know more about this “superfood”, here are 8 benefits that we can get from drinking Green Tea:
The catechins (a type of antioxidant) and caffeine that are present in green tea help in speeding up the metabolism which aids in weight loss. It decreases body fat especially in the abdominal area. So if you want abs for 2016, make sure to incorporate green tea in your diet and fitness journey.
Lowers Risk of Neurodegenerative Diseases
Studies show that the antioxidants in green tea protect brain cells from dying and restore the damaged ones which are associated with Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s.
Antioxidants in green tea help in the prevention of tumor development and have an effect in lowering its progression if you already have one.
Green tea slows down the rise of blood sugar after eating which helps in regulating the glucose levels. One study in Japan showed that green tea drinkers had a 42% lower risk for developing type II diabetes.
Decreases the Risk of Cardiovascular Diseases
Regular consumption of green tea can help lower the blood pressure which helps prevent the onset of certain heart diseases.
Promotes Healthy Teeth and Gums
Another benefit from the catechins found in green tea is its ability to reduce the risk for periodontal diseases. It destroys bacteria and viruses that cause dental caries and throat infections.
Here’s a homemade Green Tea Mouthwash recipe that you might want to try.
Reduces Anxiety, Stress and Depression
Another component in green tea is L-theanine which is an amino acid that has a soothing and calming effect for those who drink it. It also increases the levels of serotonin in your brain which affects your mood and reduces the depressed, stressed and anxious feeling.
Because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, green tea can help reduce wrinkles and provide nourishment to the skin.
Aside from having it as a beverage, there are also other ways to include green tea to your beauty regimen. From facial mask to a relaxing bath soak, you can read about it on this blogpost.