Green tea is a common Asian drink that has picked up popularity throughout North America, Australia and Europe. As a trendy drink many are searching out green tea as a healthy alternative to coffee and other warm drinks.
Research has shown that green tea is rich in polyphenol anti-oxidants that have extraordinary health benefits. Every time you drink a mug of green tea, you might feel a touch of superiority. After all, from what you’ve probably heard, green tea is basically a superfood in a cup, with health benefits that soar far above those of coffee, juice, wine, beer, or any other liquid. These are some of the health benefits of drinking green tea.
Antioxidants in Green Tea May Lower Your Risk of Various Types of Cancer
Breast cancer: A meta-analysis of observational studies found that women who drank the most green tea had a 22% lower risk of developing breast cancer, the most common cancer in women. Prostate cancer: One study found that men drinking green tea had a 48% lower risk of developing prostate cancer, which is the most common cancer in men. Colorectal cancer: A study of 69,710 Chinese women found that green tea drinkers had a 57% lower risk of colorectal cancer
Green Tea May Lower Your Risk of Type II Diabetes
Green tea has been traditionally used to control blood sugar. Recent evidence also suggests it may help regulate the blood sugar and reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes. People who drink more than 6 cups per day are less likely to develop diabetes than those who drink less than 1 cup per week. Green tea antidiabetic properties may be partly explained by its caffeine content.
Memory and learning
One of the important health benefits of regular green tea drinking is improved memory and learning ability. In Japan there was revealed that high green tea drinking maintains cognitive function. Also, green tea consumption may enhance learning and memory ability.
The main components of green tea that are thought to work on improving brain function are polyphenols, epigalochatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a very strong antioxidant. The high use of oxygen during the metabolic processes leads to the generation of a large number of free radicals (highly reactive molecules). EGCG can penetrate the brain’s blood barrier and is able to enact its antioxidative effects on the free radicals that cause damage in the brain.
Green tea lowers total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels and improves the ratio of HDL to LDL cholesterol. People who drink green tea daily have lower cholesterol levels than those who do not drink it.
It is believed that one of the underlying mechanisms by which green tea lowers blood cholesterol levels is by reducing lipids absorption in the digestive tract and promoting their excretion from the body.
Fat burning and physical performance improvement
Green tea has been shown to boost the metabolic rate and increase fat burning in the short term, although not all studies agree.
Reduces risk from cardiovascular disease
Green tea has been shown to lower total and LDL cholesterol, as well as protect the LDL particles from oxidation. Observational studies show that green tea drinkers have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.