After water, tea is the most widely consumed drink in the world. Now you can find out how many positive effects green tea has on your body. Green tea can, for example, combat wrinkles and acne, and it also has a positive effect on your fat burning.
What Is Green Tea?
Green tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia Sinesis plant. From this plant, all types of tea are made, except for herbal tea. The leaves are dried, and the degree of oxidation determines what kind of tea it becomes. For green tea, the leaves are not oxidised. That is why the water in your cup turns green with green tea and dark brown with ‘normal’, oxidised tea.
Green tea contains Catechins, which are antioxidants that fight against and sometimes prevent cell damage. It also increases the flow of blood and reduces cholesterol levels. This blood flow improves the functioning of your brain and can therefore, in theory, make you smarter. But not only the blood flow helps but also a substance called L-theanine, which facilitates the exchange of oxygen between the brain cells and the blood. In 2013, a study found that green tea also helps against many heart conditions from high blood pressure to heart failure, green tea reduces the chance of all of these.
Green Tea Reduces the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
Green tea also reduces the chance of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, several studies have shown, because of certain molecules in green tea. Then there is the matter of losing weight, many people say that it would help with this as well. There are also studies that conclude that EGCG helps with weight loss, but there are also plenty that do not find that connection. So we can’t say whether it really helps or not.
Fighting Cancer Cells With Green Tea?
Then something that people hardly ever expect, green tea should also be good at fighting cancer cells.Because the Catechin tries to prevent or repair damage it also tries to repair cancer cells, how effective this is is not yet known because they only recently found out that the Catechin has this effect.
Conclusion and Tips
The large amount of antioxidants and catechins in green tea offer protection against heart and vascular diseases, diabetes and brain diseases. Green tea also improves your skin and memory and reduces stress. If you want to enjoy the health benefits of green tea to the fullest, I have the following tips for you:
Drink 2 To 10 Cups of Green Tea per Day
Drink at least 2 (and preferably more than 5) cups of green tea per day if you want to enjoy all the health benefits. But keep it healthy and drink tea without sugar.
Use Good Quality Green Tea
Loose leaf tea is often of better quality than tea in ready-made bags, but if you find tea bags more convenient, this is also a good solution. Do not drink soft drinks containing green tea.