8 Health Benefits of Green Tea

Green Tea Health BenefitsGreen tea from the plant Camellia sinensis has been used for its medicinal properties by the Chinese and Japanese for centuries. The health benefits of green tea are directly tied to its high content of flavonoids, phytonutrients and polyphenols shown to possess anti-inflammatory, antithrombogenic, antidiabetic, and anticancer properties.

It is also a rich source of catechins, a specific polyphenol which research identifies as a powerful antioxidant and which also supports body fat reduction. Catechins may also reduce blood pressure secondary to their vasodilation properties.

Specific health benefits attributed to green tea include:

1. Anti-aging. The antioxidants in green teas fight and scavenge free radicals, altered molecules in your body that damage your DNA and healthy cells. As antioxidants destroy free radicals, they prevent cell damage that most often include skin cells. The antioxidants in it slow the aging process and promote new cell growth and repair.

2. Cardiovascular health. It promotes heart health by reducing plaque formations in blood vessels thereby reducing blood clots and thrombosis. Green tea also reduces (LDL) or bad cholesterol and dilates (increases the diameter) of blood vessels resulting in lower blood pressure.

3. Cancer-fighting. There is increasing research that suggests that green teas slow or stop the growth of cancer cells. Growth of breast cancer, oesophageal cancer and prostate cancer tumors have been slowed or stopped by regular ingestion of green tea and research continues.

4. Brain function. Green tea improves focus and brain function. It contains less (about half) caffeine than coffee, but also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which works with caffeine to improve brain function. L-theanine improves mood and concentration while decreasing anxiety and stress. The calming effects associated with sipping tea are a result of this amino acid.

5. Promotes weight loss. It increases your metabolism and fat burning or thermogenesis beyond that caused by its caffeine content. Drinking this tea regularly was shown to increase oxidation (fat burning) at rest by as much as 17%. 

6. Prevents Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. The catechin compounds in green tea have been found to protect your brain’s neurons and prevent or delay the onset of neurodegenerative disorders.

7. Lowers your risk of Type 2 diabetes. It increases insulin sensitivity, making it more efficient in its job and reducing your blood sugar. More efficient insulin and lowered blood sugar reduce your risk of diabetes.

8. Stronger immune system. Catechins in green tea have antibacterial properties that inhibit the growth of bacteria and viruses. Drinking green tea will destroy harmful bacteria in your body and strengthen your immune system.

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