Tea is the second largest consumed beverage after water. About 20% of people are regular drinkers of green tea, with China and India being on top of the list.tea

While everybody enjoys a hot cup of tea at the end of the day, or during stressful situations to calm down and enjoy its relaxing benefits there are much more benefits from tea than these. Especially green tea is considered one of the world’s healthiest beverages.

Green tea is very rich in anti-oxidants. It is also very rich in polyphenols, which are responsible for the anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous effects. The most studied bioactive polyphenol is a compound called Epigallocatechi-3-gallate (EGCG), which is very productive is fighting free radicals.

There are many possible health benefits from drinking green tea. Sit back now, get a cup of freshly brewed green tea, and enjoy the benefits while drinking.

Anti-cancerous effects. Green tea is proven to disrupt the metabolism of cancer cells in mice. This trait is due to the high level of polyphenols that are present in green tea. Although not proven if the benefits are due to green tea consumption, it is seen that in countries where green tea is drank regularly cancer rates tend to be lower. A large prospective study compared green tea drinkers with non-drinkers and they found that those who didn’t drink tea had more chances of developing pancreatic cancer.

A lot of studies also put an impact on the benefits of green tea towards stomach cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, esophageal cancer, colorectal cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer. Some suggest that the amount of anti-cancerous effects depend on the amount of tea that needs to be consumed, and this varies between 2-10 cups per day.

Heart disease. Drinking green tea in a regular basis lowers your chances of dying from cardiovascular disease. A study conducted in 40,000 Japanese participants for 11 years, group age 40-79 years old showed that those who drank 5 cups per day had considerably lower chances of dying from cardiovascular disease. Also those who consumed up to 10 cups of green tea per day had lower cholesterol levels. In general, green tea lowers the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Anti-inflammatory effects. FDA has approved green tea extract ointments in the treatment of genital warts. Green tea has possible anti-inflammatory effects on acne, and it also reduces the damage of ultra violet radiation in the skin. It is also shown that green reduces the sings of arthritis and in some cases it even promotes healing.

Anti-stress properties. Some studies have linked green tea to a better lifestyle, where stress is coped better and it also boosts the working memory and cognitive functions. The amino acid theanine, which is rich in green tea, has relaxing effects. Since theanine crosses the blood-brain barrier, is promotes better circulation in the brain and also blocks the harmful effects of stress. Therefore green tea promotes a healthier mental status.

Weights loss. Even though there is no direct linkage between weights loss and green tea consumption, it is shown that green tea promotes digestion. However, a life style rich in the consumption of green tea does lower the rate of getting type 2 diabetes, since it controls the parameters of the metabolic syndrome, where high cholesterol level and obesity play an important role.

Green tea also contains caffeine, about 20-45 mg per cup. The caffeine makes green tea great for the coffee lovers, where it can give that boost you need to have a productive day and also the amazing health benefits.

Knowing all these benefits, I am sure that now you are going to enjoy green tea even more.

Picture taken by Phil Swain. Adopted from: http://fitnessandhealthadvisor.com/green-tea-the-most-powerful-antioxidant/

References:

  1. http://statenews.com/article/2015/03/tea-stress
  2. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/269538.php
  3. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/277583.php

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