For those of us who don’t already enjoy sipping on green tea and need more reasons to try it, here are 9 healthy reasons :
One of green tea’s antioxidants – EGCG (‘Epigallocatechin gallate’) – is far more potent than vitamins C and E, providing more antioxidant protection in one serving than many foods renowned for high antioxidant properties, such as berries, broccoli, and spinach.
Green tea can protect you from age-related cognitive decline. Not only do green tea’s powerful antioxidants promote and enhance physical wellness, but they are good for our mental health, as well. Research indicates that green tea can provide protection against and slow down the progress of dementia and memory decline.
Protect your heart health with green tea. Regular consumption of green tea can go a long way towards lowering your risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease. For example, research indicates that 2 or 3 cups of green tea daily can reduce your chance of stroke by up to 14%, while 5 or more cups of green tea each day lowers the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by 26%.
Green tea’s potent catechins (antioxidants) help to increase metabolism. Green tea’s theine content provides better muscle endurance during exercise, contributing to green tea’s weight-loss capabilities.
Green tea can reduce your risk of diabetes. Long-term, regular consumption of green tea (1 or 2 cups each day) provides impressive protection against diabetes by significantly lowering fasting blood sugar levels.
Keep your bones strong with green tea. With age, we lose bone mass, and our bones become weaker and thinner. But, if green tea is a regular part of your diet, you’re taking a positive step towards increasing your bone strength and reducing your chance of bone fractures. Green tea has also been shown to reduce oxidative stress, which in turn reduces your risk of osteoporosis.
Green tea provides protection against cavities, dental plaque, and tooth decay by stopping the growth of cavity-producing bacteria in our mouths, and preventing existing bacteria from producing acid.
Fight and protect against chronic inflammation with green tea. Chronic inflammation plays a major role in the onset and development of many diseases and health concerns. Another benefit of the antioxidants in green tea is their ability to prevent oxidative stress and the low-grade chronic inflammation that may result from it. Cut your oxidative stress levels in half with 4 to 6 cups of green tea each day.
Green tea contains L-theanine, an amino acid renowned for many health benefits. L-theanine is a potent antioxidant, helps with weight management, relieves anxiety and helps us relax, improves concentration, and much, much more. And, for those days you need to be particularly sharp, the combination of green tea’s L-theanine and caffeine is especially effective at increasing alertness. Studies* show that L-theanine boosts the immune system to fight against bacteria, viruses & fungi by aiding in the production of germ-fighting compounds in your T-cells.