Health Benefits: Green tea.

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Tea has become a staple of the Great British diet.  But how about swapping that regular brew for a healthy option?  Green Tea has been used for centuries as a herbal remedy across the globe, but how exactly does it aid your body? Green tea originated in China, but it has become associated with many cultures throughout Asia. Green tea has recently become more widespread in the West, where our good old familiar cup of Earl Grey has been doing the rounds for years. So what exactly does it do for you?

Here are 11 benefits of Green Tea that you probably didn’t know:

Weight Loss. Green tea increases the metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories. Although green tea does not raise the metabolic rate enough to produce immediate weight loss, a green tea extract containing polyphenols and caffeine has been shown to induce thermogenesis and stimulate fat oxidation, boosting the metabolic rate 4% without increasing the heart rate.

Diabetes. Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels, slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can prevent high insulin spikes and resulting fat storage.

Heart Disease. Scientists think green tea works on the lining of blood vessels, helping keep them stay relaxed and better able to withstand changes in blood pressure. It may also protect against the formation of clots, which are the primary cause of heart attacks.

Esophageal Cancer. It can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, but it has also been suggested that Green Tea also helps to kill cancer cells in general without damaging the healthy tissue around them.

Cholesterol. Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.

Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. It is said to delay the deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Studies carried out on mice showed that green tea protected brain cells from dying and restored damaged brain cells.

 Tooth Decay. Studies suggests that the chemical antioxidant “catechin” in tea can destroy bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections, dental caries and other dental conditions.

 Blood Pressure. Regular consumption of green tea is thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.

 Depression. Theanine is an amino acid naturally found in tea leaves. It is this substance that is thought to provide a relaxing and tranquilizing effect and be a great benefit to tea drinkers.

Anti-viral and Anti-bacterial. Tea “catechins” are strong antibacterial and antiviral agents which make them effective for treating everything from influenza to cancer. In some studies green tea has been shown to inhibit the spread of many diseases.

 Skincare. Green tea can apparently also help with wrinkles and the signs of aging, This is because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Both animal and human studies have demonstrated that green tea applied topically can reduce sun damage.

Green tea comes with a variety of delicate flavourings, my personal favourites  include Lemon or Jasmine. Not a fan of the taste? Green tea is used as an ingredient in some weight loss supplements, such as this one available here.

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