Health Benefits of Green Tea

If you’re a regular tea drinker, consider switching from regular, black tea to green tea. The health benefits of green tea far outweigh the health benefits of ‘regular tea.’

Green tea is good and good for you.

“It’s the healthiest thing I can think of to drink,” says research scientist at Icahn School of Medicine Christopher Ochner, PhD.

Health Benefits of Green Tea

*Green tea is chalked full of catechin, which are powerful antioxidants.  Antioxidants fight and prevent cell damage. In addition, catechin has been shown to inhibit the growth of streptococcus mutans (bacteria in the mouth that causes tooth decay and cavities).

*Green tea has been proven to improve blood flow and lower cholesterol.

“Researchers aren’t sure why green tea reduces the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Studies show that black tea has similar effects. In fact, researchers estimate that the rate of heart attack decreases by 11% with consumption of 3 cups of tea per day,” the University of Maryland Medical Center.

*A Swiss study revealed that regular green tea drinkers had better memory than those who don’t regularly drink green tea.

“Green tea has also been shown to help block the formation of plaques that are linked to Alzheimer’s disease,” WebMD states.

*Green tea helps stabilize blood sugar levels by helping regulate glucose levels.

*Green tea contains EGCG which has been shown to help improve metabolism.

*Green tea contains L-theanine, which helps to reduce anxiety.

*According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, a study found that women who drank green tea were less likely to develop bladder cancer.

“A follow-up clinical study by the same group of researchers revealed that people with bladder cancer — particularly men — who drank green tea had a better 5-year survival rate than those who did not,” the University states.

The next time you’re thirsting for some tea, grab some green tea instead!

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Sources
WebMD
Authority Nutrition
University of Maryland Medical Center