Why all this fuss about green tea all of a sudden?
Green tea has been 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, which not only help you attain a healthy body, skin and hair, but have been known to help block the growth of cancer cells as well.
Green tea is also a healthier option owing 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 catechins from oxidizing, while black and oolong tree are made from fermented leaves, which lead to the loss of this very important anti-oxidant. Of late, majority of the people living in Western countries have been found to have switched over from drinking black tea to green tea.
Though initially it is from China, green tea has now become immensely popular all over the world. Various health foods, beverages, dietary supplements as well as cosmetics are now being manufactured with green tea extracts in them because of the myriad of health benefits it offers. 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 till date 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 less 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 anti-oxidative 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:
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 worldwide. To combat this monster, we surely need to incorporate green tea in our daily diet.
As mentioned before, green tea has a natural anti-oxidant 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 epigallocatechingallate (EGCG). EGCG in green tea increases the metabolic rate of the human body, which means that it intensifies levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories, which in turn aids weight loss. Green tea reduces 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.
Green tea benefits 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 which 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 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 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 plaque build-up in the arteries, thus causing blockages. This is yet another one of the advantages of green tea.
Also, scientific studies have shown that catechins decrease 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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