Green tea has recently been the subject of all things health, having been rediscovered as a miracle diet drink even when it’s been around for thousands of years. It’s mostly been used for weight loss, but for the wrong reasons. Contrary to popular belief, you aren’t drinking “crunches in a cup” that will melt all the fat away. (Sorry, time for tough love.) However, you are drinking a beverage with major health benefits that do include weight loss.
Packed with all the good stuff
Green tea is packed with antioxidants and alkaloids that can reduce the risk of cancer. Fermentation is not part of the process to make green tea, which helps preserve the high levels of antioxidants and polyphenols. One of its powerful antioxidants, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), has proven to be much more effective than vitamin C or E although green tea contains vitamins A, D, E, C, B, B5, H, and K as well. It’s also a rich source of Manganese, Zinc, Chromium and Selenium.
Weight loss, on the real
You won’t see immediate or dramatic results, but there are studies that show green tea does help with weight loss. Green tea boosts the metabolism that increases fat burning. It has almost no calories since it’s mostly water. It also works as an appetite suppressant, so say goodbye to those midnight fridge-raids. Drinking green tea daily can also help you steer clear of sugary drinks, which means no more empty calories.
Natural energy and brain-booster
Green tea contains less caffeine than coffee so it keeps you awake without the jitters. It also contains L-theanine, an amino acid that works together with caffeine to improve brain function.
Added Health Benefits
If you want an extra kick to get you through flu season, the catechins in green tea contain strong antiviral and antibacterial agents that can help prevent an array of different diseases. It helps enhance the good bacteria in our system and protects us from the bad. There are some studies that show green tea can delay the deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. It does this by protecting dead brains cells and helping to restore them.
It decreases risk of high blood pressure, decreases the bad cholesterol in the blood, and helps regulate glucose levels for those who have diabetes.
Topically applied green tea can prevent sun damage and drinking it can help prevent wrinkles and decrease inflammation. It also helps to prevent bad breath and dental decay. This is where the term “miracle drink” might be appropriate. When the ancient Chinese and Japanese used green tea as medicine, they were definitely onto something.