What are the Benefits of Drinking Green Tea?
Is there a food or drink that has been reported as having as many benefits as green tea? Green tea has been a media and personal phemonon for many years, the Chinese have known about the medicinal value it can pose to a green tea drinker since the ancient era. The secret to why green tea is so special lies to the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots.
But is it good for you?
If only this could be a simple answer, then it would be yes. However, many studies over the years about green tea and its effects have still left the verdict split. While some studies have suggested that green tea offers health benefits, many institutions and findings, including the National Institutes of Health, agree that there simply isn’t enough evidence to definitively proclaim any health benefits of drinking green tea.
What’s in Green Tea?
To understand the health benefits of green tea, you need to know what you are going to be drinking –
- Polyphenols and phytochemicals with potent antioxidant properties that give green tea its bitter flavour – one which might take some getting used to
- Six primary polyphenols, known as catechins
- It contains more catechins than black or oolong tea
- Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is the most active and studied of green tea’s catechins
- It also contains alkaloids such as caffeine (although much lower quantities than other tea’s)
Top 10 Green Tea Benefits
- Weight Loss – Green tea increases your metabolism which can directly relate to weight loss. It is down to the polyphenol that is found in green tea that works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.
- Lower Cholesterol – Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
- Heart Disease – It helps to people stay relaxed and better able to withstand changes in blood pressure. Scientists are led to believe that 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, as well as cancerous cells in general throughout the body.
- Diabetes. Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating.
- Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s – It is said to delay the deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
- Blood Pressure – Regular consumption of green tea is thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
- Tooth Decay – The chemical Catechin is said to destroy bacteria and viruses which cause throat infections.
- 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.
- Anti-viral and Anti-bacterial – Catechins are strong antibacterial and antiviral agents which make them effective for treating everything from influenza to cancer.
The only harmful side effect from drinking green tea is lack of sleep or at worst insomnia due to the caffeine within the drink. There is much less caffeine in one cupful of green tea in comparison to coffee or black tea, therefore if you are switching from coffee or black tea then you should be sleeping better.