Green Tea Healthiest Super Drink
Green tea is not only delicious but is also loaded with nutrients, antioxidants, and incredible health and beauty benefit. It is rich in antioxidants, phytochemicals such as polyphenols, amino acids, enzymes, potassium, magnesium, folate, manganese and caffeine, and vitamin B.
Flavonoids and catechins present in the green tea are potent antioxidants. The antioxidant ‘Epigallocatechin Gallate’ in green tea treats some diseases. All these nutrients render green tea antiviral, antibacterial, anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
Let us get into the detail of the health benefits of green tea.
Health Benefits of green tea
1.Green tea is a brain enhancer
Want to be smarter. Start drinking green tea. Green tea contains an amino acid L-theanine that promotes the activity of GABA, which is an inhibitory neurotransmitter and exhibits anti-anxiety effects. It also encourages the production of dopamine and alpha wave production. Thus, both L-theanine and caffeine has a synergistic effect and improve the function of the brain. Green tea is known to enhance memory.
The compounds present in the green tea protects the neurons and wards of diseases related to the brain. Regular consumption of green tea reduces the chances of Alzheimer’s. If you have Alzheimer’s green tea delayed its development and deterioration caused due to this disease. Green tea contains caffeine and improves the function of the brain. Thus, it improves reaction time, memory and improves mood. But the amount of caffeine in the green tea is less to make any jittery effect.
2.Drink green tea to keep the blood sugar level low
If you are prediabetic or even diabetic, green tea will help to stabilize the level of blood sugar and also improves the insulin sensitivity. This property is owed to the compounds polysaccharides and polyphenols. In patients with type -1 diabetes green tea stimulate the production of the hormone ‘insulin’. This regulates the levels of blood sugar and absorbs the glucose.
In patients with type-2 diabetes, green tea reduces the blood sugar spikes after eating. This, in turn, prevents high insulin spikes.
Even if you are not a diabetic patient include green tea in your diet to lower the risk of developing diabetes.
3.Green tea is a fat burning supplement
Green tea promotes metabolism. As we have discussed above green tea contains polyphenol that intensifies the fat oxidation and the body’s rate to turn food into calories. The caffeine present in the green team mobilises the fatty acids and make them available for the energy production.
This decreases the body fat and especially burns the abdominal fat and also improves the physical performance of a person.
After drinking green tea for at least 12 weeks and you will notice a significant reduction in the waist circumference, body fat percentage, body weight and abdominal fat.
4. Green tea relieves anxiety
If you suffer from chronic and mild anxiety, have a cup of green tea. It contains L-theanine that will relax you and keep anxiety at bay. L-theanine is a neurotransmitter that promotes alpha waves that are considered as relaxation indicators. The best part is it do not produce drowsiness at all, still help you to get rid of anxiety.
5. Green tea keeps your heart healthy
Green tea is rich in antioxidants that protect from free radical damage. Besides this green tea represses angiotensin and keeps the blood vessels relaxed and maintains blood pressure. It prevents the formation of a clot.
Green tea controls the level of cholesterol by reducing bad cholesterol and improving the ratio of bad and good cholesterol.
All these factors, in turn, prevent heart diseases such as atherosclerosis, stroke and heart attack.
However, as we know that caffeine is not considered suitable for the heart and so the caffeine content in green tea may be a matter of concern for you. But let me clear this point that caffeine in the green tea is very low and its side effects are unable to dominate our health.
6. Green tea fights cancer
Several studies show that antioxidants present in the green tea are more effective than vitamin C and vitamin E. They lower the risk of certain cancers such as cancer of breast, lung, stomach, oesophagal, pancreas, prostate and colorectal.
7. Drink green tea for complete oral health
While eating we also introduce bacteria to our mouth. These bacteria and leftover food cause cavity, tooth loss, bad breath and gum diseases. Green tea is a single solution for all these problems. It is antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and also reduces the acids in the mouth.
8. Green tea makes your bones strong
Green tea is high in fluoride. Fluoride maintains the bone strength and also lowers the risk of osteoporosis. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant property of green tea prevents the loss of bone density. Also, it suppresses the breakdown of bone and increases the activity of bone-building cells along with increasing their amounts.
9. Green tea keeps common cold and cough at bay
Being antibacterial and antiviral green tea decreases the frequency of common cold and cough. It boosts immunity and maintains all over health.
1o. Drink green tea to keep seasonal allergies at bay
The antioxidants present in the green tea boost the immune system. It reduces the production of histamine in excess. Start drinking this super healthy beverage a month before allergy season starts.
Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta: Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holistic approach towards health and well being.