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Green tea is one of the healthiest drinks on the planet. From preventing cardiovascular disease to lowering diabetes risk to improving brain function, here are 8 fantastic ways green tea benefits your health.
Green tea is loaded with polyphenol antioxidants including a catechin called EGCG. These antioxidants fight against free radicals to prevent cell damage and protect the body against disease as well as reduce inflammation
Boost Cognitive Function
Green tea contains caffeine which is a stimulant. It does not contain as much caffeine as coffee so gives you a less jittery and more stable energy. Green tea also contains the amino acid L-theanine which has anti-anxiety, calming effects by increasing activity of the inhibitory transmitter GABA, plus increases dopamine and the production of alpha waves in the brain. The combination of both caffeine and L-theanine in green tea improves cognitive function, memory, concentration, and mood.
Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Green tea may improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood sugar levels. Green tea helps keep blood sugar stable, regulate glucose levels, and prevent high insulin spikes to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Believed to protect Against Cancer
The antioxidants in green tea may help protect against cancer. It's believed they could kill cancer cells without damaging healthy tissue and protect against damage that can trigger the growth of cells and mutations. Anti-angiogenesis that prevents fat gain also blocks cancer from spreading and polyphenols decrease tumour growth, kill cancer cells, and stop them from growing.
Believed to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease
Drinking green tea may help prevent cardiovascular disease such as heart disease and stroke. Catechins in green tea protect the heart by lowering cholesterol, reducing bad LDL cholesterol levels, and reducing blood pressure. Green tea also prevents the oxidation of LDL which contributes to artery hardening which leads to heart disease.
Could Help Aid Weight Loss
Green tea boosts your metabolic rate, burns fat in the short term, and prevents weight gain by inhibiting angiogenesis. Because of this, green tea can help you lose weight when consumed as part of a healthy diet and combined with an active lifestyle.
Possibly Protect Against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
The bioactive compounds in green tea protect the brain against neurodegenerative diseases Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Green tea delays deterioration by protecting brain cells from dying and restoring damaged cells.
Green tea’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties slow signs of ageing. Polyphenols protect the skin from the effects of UV light to prevent accelerated ageing. Green tea also reduces wrinkles by preventing the breaking down of collagen to maintain the skin’s elasticity.
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