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15 Benefits of Drinking Green Tea
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
- 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
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.