Why all this fuss about green tea all of a sudden?
Green tea is known to be a healthier substitute to normal beverages like coffee and other types of tea, owing to its lower caffeine content. It also contains very strong, natural antioxidants called polyphenols that not only help you attain a healthy body, skin and hair, but also help to block the growth of cancer cells as well.
Green tea is also a healthier option due to the way it is processed. It is derived from the leaves of the plant, Camellia sinensis. The green leaves for green tea are steamed, which helps in preventing the catechins from oxidizing, while black and oolong tea are made from fermented leaves, which leads to the loss of this very important antioxidant. Of late, a majority of the people living in Western countries have switched over from drinking black tea to green tea.
Though it originated in China, green tea has now become immensely popular all over the world. Due to the myriad of health benefits it offers, various health foods, beverages, dietary supplements and cosmetics are now being manufactured with green tea extracts in them. Several medicinal and scientific studies are being conducted around the world to determine the long-term health benefits of green tea, and, in fact, it has been found from collected data that those who drink green tea regularly are at a lower risk of developing heart diseases and even cancer. Compared to normal tea, green tea has lesser caffeine. Large doses of caffeine can lead to an increase in your blood pressure. Being high on flavonoids (phytochemicals found in plant products), green tea possesses antioxidative and anti-carcinogenic properties, which it is best known for.
Tip: To get the most out of your cup of green tea, we suggest that you brew it from the loose tea leaves instead of using the tea bag for convenience. This not only imparts flavor but also allows the release of more antioxidants into your cup.
Best Benefits Of Green Tea:
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1. Weight Loss:
Obesity is one of the biggest problems challenging the world today. A sedentary lifestyle, combined with the craving for junk food and drinks, is leading to several obesity-related complications like heart disease, sleep apnea, diabetes, hypertension, etc. To combat this monster, we surely need to incorporate green tea in our daily diet.
As mentioned earlier, green tea has a natural antioxidants present in it, known as catechin polyphenols. In fact, green tea contains ten times the amount of antioxidants that we can find in fruits and vegetables.
Why Are Antioxidants Good For Us?
Certain molecules known as free radicals are produced when our body breaks down food or even due to smoking or drinking. These free radicals attack the healthy cells in our body and lead to several problems, including ageing. Antioxidants are certain substances that protect our cells from the damage inflicted by the action of these free radicals.
Scientists have identified six different catechins in green tea, one of them being epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG in green tea increases the metabolic rate of the human body, which means that it intensifies the levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories, which, in turn, aids weight loss. Green tea reduces the body fat and bloating, while detoxifying the body and suppressing untimely food cravings. Enabled with diuretic properties, it also eliminates excess water and, thereby, reduces excess weight. Hence, drinking green tea daily can really help you in your weight loss journey.
2. Fresh Breath:
Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be quite an unpleasant problem to deal with. It can be caused by a number of reasons. Here too, green tea comes to the rescue.
The benefits of green tea include the ability to inhibit the growth of bacteria and viruses that cause dental diseases. It also helps in slowing down the growth of bacteria that leads to bad breath. All you need to do is wash your mouth with a high concentration of green tea (1 tea bag in 1 cup of water), and it will freshen up your mouth instantly.
It also helps in reducing any inflammation in the gums. You can either make a paste of the green tea leaves or, you can also make your own toothpaste using a high concentration of green tea liquid and a teaspoon of baking soda. This will not only help reduce gum inflammation, but also will prevent the growth of plaque on your teeth.
3. Reduces Cholesterol:
High levels of cholesterol in the body can pose dangerous risks to your health, primarily that of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Green tea contains tannins that are known to lower the cholesterol naturally in the body. Tannins help in reducing the level of LDL (low-density lipoproteins) cholesterol in the body. LDL is known as the “bad cholesterol” as it can cause a plaque build-up in the arteries, thus causing blockages. This is yet another advantage of green tea.
Also, scientific studies have shown that catechins decrease the cholesterol absorption in the gut, thus helping in reducing the problem of high cholesterol. Thus, we can say that green tea helps in keeping your heart healthy. Of course, in order to keep your cholesterol in check, you should also avoid high cholesterol foods, in addition to drinking green tea on a regular basis.
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