Water is so important to your health that I often sound like a broken record recommending it, but there’s another drink you should also consider. That drink is green tea. There are a number of benefits of green tea that are scientifically proven and will make you want to make sure you’ve got a store of it on supply for daily consumption. Of course, I still recommend drinking plenty of water, too. One Japanese study showed that drinking at least six cups of green tea reduced the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes. It also helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
Green tea is beneficial for weight loss.
While it’s not a miracle that you can drink and then eat candy bars, fries and sundaes, it does help speed metabolism, while also increase fat burning when working out. In fact, according to one study in the March 2008 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it increased fat burning by a whopping 17%. Green tea also boosts your metabolism. The caffeine in green tea is also shown to increase athletic performance.
Green tea can help boost your health.
Green tea contains many phytonutrients, such as flavonoids and catechins. These are potent antioxidants that can help prevent damage to cells from free radicals, which causes illness and aging. Green tea also contains EGCG— Epigallocatechin Gallate—a potent antioxidant that scientists believe have many medicinal properties. There are small amounts of traditional nutrients, such as minerals, in green tea.
You’ll improve your mood and even think better when you drink green tea.
Caffeinated green tea, the normal kind you find on store shelves, can help you think faster. Caffeine is known for it’s stimulant properties and while it doesn’t leave you feeling on edge or jittery, it does have enough caffeine to help block adenosine. Adenosine blocks the neurons from firing, as well as reduce norepinephrine and dopamine. It can improve the functioning of the brain, as well as improve your mood and memory. It also contains L-theanine, which coffee doesn’t have. That increases GABA, lowering anxiety levels in the process. It gives a buzz like coffee, but one that is more productive and less jittery.
– Green tea can lower your risk of specific types of cancer, such as breast, colorectal and prostate cancer.
– Green tea can help protect the brain from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
– Drinking green tea can improve dental health by killing streptococcus mutans in the mouth that are the top cause of dental carries and plaque.
– Green tea can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. One study in Japan showed that drinking five or more cups per day can potentially increase lifespan.