ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

15 Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

Updated on September 26, 2017
Green Tea
Green Tea | Source

I've always been a fan of green tea and all things green tea flavored (green tea ice cream, green tea pocky, green tea mochi...the list goes on and on). However, it hasn't always been my go-to tea of choice. Since green tea has a more bitter taste, I often choose sugared milk teas.

For Lent I decided I would give up eating sugary foods, since that is the one thing I felt I couldn't go without during the day. Every morning I have a tea with milk and two packets of sugar. Instead I started drinking green tea with no sugar or milk since it's the one tea I know I can enjoy this way.

After two weeks of drinking green tea I started to notice I was a lot more focused and attentive after having a cup. I started to wonder if there were any benefits to drinking green tea. Here are some that I found.

Benefits of Green Tea

Green Tea Leaves
Green Tea Leaves | Source

Tea Tips

  • Use water that is just below a boil. Boiling water damages the catechins that are so good for you.
  • Do not add milk. It makes it more difficult to absorb the catechins in the tea.
  • To help with the absorption of catechin, add a bit of lemon. Vitamin C in the lemon juice will help you absorb the catechins.

Benefits of Green Tea

1. Catechins. Catechins are antioxidants that encourage healthy cell growth and prevent cell damage. Green tea is FULL of catechins and many of its other benefits are thanks to catechins doing their job at being overall awesome.

2. Lowers cholesterol and blood pressure. Studies have shown that green tea drinkers are less likely to suffer from cardiovascular diseases than those who don't.

3. Wakes your brain up. Though green tea may not have as much caffeine as coffee or soda, it still provides a source of caffeine. In addition to that, it improves brain function and thinking which can help daily productivity.

4. Maintains a healthy brain. The cerebral benefits of drinking green tea are not limited to daily brain function. Catechins in green tea can help improve memory and lower the risk of developing Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

5. Stabilizes blood sugar. Studies show that green tea can reduce blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity. As a result, green tea drinkers are far less likely to Type 2 Diabetes than those that don't.

6. Help with weight loss. Some studies show that green tea may help you lose weight, but others do not. However, if you swap coffee, soda, energy drinks, and sugary juices with unsweetened green tea you may definitely notice a change in your weight since you will consume far less calories for an equal energy boost.

7. Helps prevent cancer. People who drink green tea have been shown to be less likely to develop certain cancers, such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, and others. It is believed that this is mostly thanks to green tea's high antioxidant content.

8. Good for your teeth. Catechins in green tea help fight tooth decay and bad breath, overall improving one's dental health.

9. Kills bacteria. The antioxidants in green tea can prevent colds, flu and infection.

10. Eases inflammation. One of the antioxidants in green tea is epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a catechin not often found in other teas. EGCG is particularly good for easing inflammation and aiding in the preservation of joints and prevention of cartilage breaking down. This makes green tea a great drink for those who suffer from Arthritis.

11. Good for the skin. Due to its anti-inflammatory benefits, green tea has also been shown to improve skin conditions. This has led scientists to investigate using green tea to create a more natural approach to handling dandruff and psoriasis.

12. Fights allergies. In addition to all this catechin's other perks, there is increasing evidence that EGCG helps alleviate the suffering of those with allergies.

13. Relieves stress. As seen in previous examples, antioxidants in green tea relieve stress on the body in many ways. With all these benefits working together, tea drinkers are naturally a lot less stressed.

14. Good for bones. Studies have shown that bioactive compounds in green tea help prevent osteoporosis.

15. Good for hair. Minerals in green tea help to prevent hair loss and nourish hair, making it softer and shinier. You can drink green tea to enjoy the benefits or treat your hair to a green tea rinse.


In addition to all of these benefits, I have noticed that I have become less tolerant of sweetened things since I started green tea. This could be a combination of giving up sugar and drinking bitter green tea every day, but I suspect--once Lent is over--I won't indulge in sugary treats nearly as much as I used to. That, in itself, is a worthwhile benefit for me since I really did need to cut sugar from my diet to begin with.

After learning of all the great things green tea is good for, I've decided I will probably make it my tea of choice from now on.

Matcha Green Tea

Green Tea Matcha
Green Tea Matcha | Source

You can get x10 all of these benefits and more with matcha. Matcha is a powder made from ground green tea leaves. Since you consume the whole leaf when you drink or eat matcha you are able to get even more from green tea. Matcha can be mixed and drank with water, added to smoothies, and used in cooking. It's not as quick to prepare as simply adding a green tea bag to hot water, but if you take the time to prepare it, it will definitely pay off.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Web-design-Lancs profile image

      WillB 2 months ago

      Great Article! Good Job

    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      This was an interesting hub on green tea benefits. Sounds good to me. Thanks for sharing. I'll give green tea a try real soon.

    • Rochelle Frank profile image

      Rochelle Frank 2 years ago from California Gold Country

      I have been drinking a cup every morning for several months. I knew it was supposed to be good , but didn't know everything you outlined here. At first, I didn't care for the bitter taste, but finally found a brand that adds mint, and I actually like it. Thanks for the information.

    • poetryman6969 profile image

      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      I drink green tea ll the time. Matcha is an interesting concept which I may try.

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Voted Up and Useful! Thanks for sharing the effects of green tea from your own experience, and then to share your research. Very thoughtful!

    • Sunshine625 profile image

      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Awesome list of benefits for green tea! I drink a cup in the evening...straight. Delicious. I start my day with black tea. Any tea is my cuppa tea! :)

    • heidithorne profile image

      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      I LOVE green tea! Been drinking it almost every day straight without sugar or additions for years. One of the local coffee stores does offer matcha which I'll have to try. Did not know that lemon helps. I usually only drink tea with lemon when I do black tea. Voted up, useful and sharing!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)