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The Amazing Health Benefits of Green Tea

Updated on September 24, 2016

You may have heard about the amazing health benefits of green tea but do you know what it actually does? If you haven’t yet decided to give this drink a try then a read through the following list of benefits might be enough to convince that the time is now right to do so.

Lose Weight

The reason that green tea is so good at helping you lose weight is that the polyphenol it contains helps to speed up your body’s metabolism and burn off calories. This is great news for anyone who has been looking for simple and natural way of losing weight. The fact that it also tastes pretty good is just a bonus. Of course, this is most likely to work as part of a diet or a more active lifestyle but it can definitely give an extra helping hand in any case.

Fight Diabetes

One of the most interesting benefits of green tea is that it is said to help diabetes sufferers control their condition. This is because it works to regulate the glucose levels in your body. This helps to keep down your blood sugar levels after eating and to avoid insulin spikes. Is it also said to be a way of reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the first place.

Reduce Heart Disease Risk

The reason why this type of tea can help to reduce the risk of heart disease is believed to be down to the fact that it helps the blood vessels to relax and therefore cope with blood pressure changes. It is also thought to give a degree of protection against the risk of clots forming and leading to a heart attack.

Lower Cholesterol Levels

With so many of us now worried about our cholesterol levels it is no surprise to find that this is one of the health benefits which are most of interest to lots of people. This drink offers one of the best ways of quickly lowering cholesterol. In fact, it is recommended for many people who suffer from high cholesterol and want to get it solved as quickly as possible.

Healthier Teeth

Green tea contains an antioxidant called catechin that is said to be highly effective in removing bacteria and viruses in the teeth and throats of those who drink it. Possibly the most noticeable effect of this is that it can help you maintain healthier teeth.

Fights Depression

Lots of people who suffer from depression search for years for a way of curing it or at least getting some relief from its effects. The reason that green tea is said to be so good in this respect is that it contains a natural amino acid called theanine that is a big help in allowing drinkers to relax and find a natural sort of calm in their lives. It is also recommended for people who don’t necessarily suffer from depression but who just want to feel a bit calmer and more positive about things.

Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

For many drinkers of green tea, this is the benefit they are most interested in. A lot of research has been carried out in this area and it has been strongly suggested that the natural ingredients of green tea are effective in stopping or at least delaying the onset of both of these conditions. It hasn’t been proven to the satisfaction of everyone but there is enough evidence out there to take this claim seriously in the meantime.

Protected Skin

An interest health benefit of this tea is that it is believed to act to protect the user’s skin when they are out in the sun, stopping UV damage from causing problems. This is when it is applied to the skin directly, rather than drunk.

Healthier Skin

The natural antioxidants contained in green tea are said to be the reason why it is considered such a good solution for avoiding aged and wrinkled skin. There are a number of ways of getting this benefit and drinking the tea is just one of them. You could also rub the tea bag directly onto your face, mix some tea with your facial cream or give yourself a green tea facial steam treatment. It is definitely worth checking out a few ideas if you are interested in a natural way to get better skin.

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Mental Stimulation

Just like coffee, green tea contains caffeine. This means that it is a good stimulant as well. However, the fact that the caffeine levels are significantly lower than in coffee means that it tends not to produce the unwanted side effects that some coffee drinkers suffer from. If you need a boost but don’t want to overload on coffee then this is an interesting alternative option you could try.

Lowered Blood Pressure

If you suffer from high blood pressure this benefit could be of use to you. Research has suggested that regular drinking of green tea could help to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of high blood pressure in the future.

Stop Diseases

The high levels of antibacterial and antiviral components in this tea mean that it is also very good at stopping diseases from spreading. It has been associated with the effective treatment and prevention of a number of diseases, including certain types of cancer. It is an area we can expect to hear more about in the future, as more research is carried out.

Possible Side Effects

Of course, nothing in life is perfect and there are some possible side effects that anyone planning on drinking a lot of green tea should be aware of. The first issue you should be aware of is the fact that it contains caffeine. This means that if you are sensitive to caffeine you should be careful about how much you drink. Possible issues here include problems in sleeping, nervousness and headaches. Another possible side effect to consider is that the tannins in this drink increase levels of stomach acids. This means that drinking it on an empty stomach can lead to an upset stomach or constipation.

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