20 Facts and Benefits of Green Tea
Even if you are not a fitness freak, like me, you still did hear some words about the benefits of green tea, right?
I am sure you heard that this is the healthiest beverage on planet earth. One of the best goodness of nature with so many positivity.
Green tea, which of course is a kind of tea, is a very ancient drink that people has been enjoying for centuries. Modern science revel the benefits and other facts of it.
Its origin is known to be China, India and some areas from the east. Japan, China, Vietnam are top importing countries of green tea as of now.
As time passing, its popularity is increasing day by day worldwide.
Here are 20 proven and known facts and benefits of green tea:
1. A Zero Cal Tea! :
Green tea has zero calories!
Actually such as other kind of teas and coffees!
When we drink tea or coffee with sugar in it, it becomes not-so-healthy plus with added calories.
The best way to drink green tea or any other tea and coffee is without adding artificial or refined sweetener.
2. Makes You Smart :
Green tea contains caffeine, so does coffee, but in lesser amount. The caffeine helps our brain to stay awake and focused. Green tea also contains L-theanine. The right amount of caffeine and L-theanine works together to improve our brain function and memory.
3. Fights Cancer :
Uncontrolled cell growth is the cause of cancer, which is one of the deadliest diseases in the world.
It is known that antioxidants can give protective effects on the developments of cancer.
Being a very powerful source of antioxidants, green tea can be a great thing for fighting cancers like breast cancer, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer etc.
Remember, it is not a cure for cancer.
4. Fat Burner :
One of the top popular benefits of green tea is, it burns fat!
If you search the tips or tricks for healthy weight loss on the internet, be sure that green tea will appear on the top ranking.
Most studies agree that green tea can increase and improve our metabolic rate and fat burning process. A high metabolism is one of the key components in case of losing extra weight.
It can also give us energy.
5. Skin Health :
Green tea’s high antioxidants help our skin to be protected from oxidative stress, photodamage, UV rays and skin cancer.
The antioxidants can keep the skin young and can slow aging.
It has anti-inflammatory properties, which can keep the skin acne free and also add some other important skin benefits.
6. Hair Health :
A study published in the JOURNAL OF COSMETIC SCIENCE showed, green tea extract on scalp helped reduce greasiness and hair fall.
Green tea contains Vitamin C, E and polyphenols. These can promote hair growth and make hair smooth and shiny.
7. Fights Alzheimer’s :
According to various studies, green tea’s bioactive compounds can have protective effects on brain, thus it can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
8. Fights Perkinson’s :
Like Alzheimer’s, Perkinson’s is also one of the common neurodegenerative diseases. The bioactive compounds of green tea can also be helpful for Perkinson’s risk reduction .
9. Dental Health :
The antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and antimicrobial of green tea may prevent dental diseases, oral diseases and bacterial infections.
10. Fights Diabetes :
By burning fat and helping in weight loss, green tea catechins help to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
11. Heart Health :
Increase of cholesterol level, obesity and high blood pressure may cause heart attack and stroke.
Green tea helps in fighting obesity, high blood pressure and lowering cholesterol level, which can improve heart health.
12. Fights Obesity :
As I mentioned above, green tea can burn fat.
And by burning fat, it helps us to lose unhealthy weight and saves us from obesity. Obesity is now a major health issue. It is becoming so random that other diseases like PCOS, Diabetes or Cancer is increasing in number at an alarming rate.
13. Fights PCOS :
PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), a hormonal disorder in female, is increasing in number very fast these days.
By reducing body fat, testosterone level, number of cysts and cyst layer thickness, green tea antioxidants can help fighting against PCOS disorder.
14. Fights Blood Pressure :
About 9.4 million lives we lose in a year because of high blood pressure or hypertension.
Because of our unhealthy lifestyle, unhealthy diet, inactivity, stress, lack of sleep etc are causing high blood pressure which can run through generations of a family.
With a healthy lifestyle routine, proper balanced diet and all the goodness ingredients of green tea, high blood pressure can be removed.
15. Fights Arthritis :
Green tea’s natural properties and antioxidants can be helpful for those who are struggling in Arthritis.
16. Fights Depression and Anxiety :
According to some research, green tea catechins can help lowering symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Its polyphenols or catechins may reduce stress hormones, which is beneficial for fighting depression and anxiety.
17. Fights bacteria and Virus :
Green tea’s antimicrobial properties help reduce bacterial, fungal and viral infections.
18. Boosts Metabolism :
Green tea’s catechins and caffeine can boost metabolism. It can also reduce hunger, melt unwanted extra body fats and improve physical performance.
19. Drinking in Empty Stomach :
Drinking green tea in an empty stomach can be harmful for liver because of its catechins.
One should have water or lemon water in empty stomach and green tea after breakfast.
20. Too Much Green Tea :
Anything too much is bad! No matter how good that thing is.
Too much green tea may make your stomach upset, cause liver toxicity, insomnia, kidney issues etc.
Drinking 3-4 cups of green is more than enough.
30 minutes before lunch or dinner and before workout are the best time to take green tea.
If someone is intolerant to caffeine, then one should go for decaffeinated green tea.
Let “fitness” be our goal and “health” our main priority.
Thank you for reading.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Jannat Hossain