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Health Benefits Of Green Tea Drink
Health Benefits of Green Tea
Studies have shown that drinking Green Tea can lead to various health benefits including preventing serious illnesses including cancer and sever influenza strains. Green Tea is high in antioxidants and rich in vitamins and minerals.
For me personally, one of the best things about having Green Tea with a meal is it doesn't leave me feeling bloated or unwell in comparison to juice of soda (soft drinks). It also assists with weight loss and provides essential vitamins and minerals required for a fit and healthy body.
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Green Tea & Healthy Living
Proven benefits of green tea include but are not limited to:
- Absorbing and blocking cholesterol
- Helps to stabilise diabetes
- Assists to strengthen your immune system
- Rich in antioxidants
- Helps prevent heart-related illnesses
- Normalises blood pressure levels
- Slows the ageing process
- Assist with weight loss & digestion
What Are Antioxidants?
It's a word that gets thrown around a lot, and we always link it to something healthy, something good for our bodies and something we all need. But how many of us know what antioxidants really are?
Antioxidants are "naturally occurring chemicals in foods that help to counter the detrimental effects of oxygen free radicals, which form during normal metabolism and through external factors such as x-rays, ultra-violet radiation and pollution" - source: CSIRO (http://www.csiro.au/Outcomes/Food-and-Agriculture/Antioxidants-facts.aspx).
Antioxidants In Our Diet
- Vitamin A (found in dark green & yellow vegetables, eggs, meat, animal liver)
- Vitamin C (found in citrus fruits, broccoli, tomatoes)
- Vitamin E (found in oils, seeds, and nuts)
- Selenium (mineral found in Brazil nuts, meats, tuna, and plant foods).
Studies & Benefits Of Green Tea
According to Jeanie Lerche Davis (WebMD Weight Loss Clinic-Feature), Black and Green Teas "have [approximately] 10 times the amount of antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables" and are hence "highly beneficial to our health". She has also concluded through her animal studies that "tea-drinking rats have less cancer". Whether this means the benefits of Green Tea will impact humans in the same way is unknown. We do, however, know that Green Tea offers a range of health benefits to treat illnesses, including those associated with indigestion, obesity, cholesterol and diabetes.
One of the reasons why Green Tea is so beneficial is the natural ingredients. It is derived from a native plant from South-East Asia in which the leaves are steamed, dried and put into tea bags or pots with hot water to form what we more commonly know as Green Tea.
A study of 3,400 Saudi Arabian tea drinkers found that "those who drank more than 6 cups per day of the brown beverage had a more than 50% lower risk of coronary heart disease". In another study, 472 women with various stages of breast cancer were required to drink Green Tea. The study concluded that those who had consumed more Green Tea had less cancer spread throughout their body. Further to this study, "when the researchers broke down the sample by age, they found that women under the age of 50 who consumed 3 or more cups of tea per day were 37% less likely to develop breast cancer compared to women who didn't drink tea".
So the next time you choose to have a drink with your meal, why not choose Green Tea - the healthy alternative. It may take some getting used to if you've never had it before, but it's well worth it in the long term. Imagine all the health benefits you'll be giving to your body instead of indulging in artificial drinks high in sugar and low in antioxidants.
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