Top 4 health benefits of green tea

Green-Tea-2 TOP 4 HEALTH BENEFITS OF GREEN TEADrinking coffee and tea at work is a welcome ritual that almost everyone enjoys. But if you’re looking for an alternative to your usual choice of cuppa, why not take up the regular practice of drinking green tea?

 

With origins dating back to China over 4000 years ago, Green Tea (made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis) is considered one of the world’s healthiest drinks. Over the past decades, this refreshing brew has been subjected to numerous studies due to its phenomenal health-promoting properties.

 

Because of its processing methods, Green tea retains the highest amounts of antioxidants of any tea. Just remember to brew the tea for at least three minutes to get the maximum health benefits and drink it fresh!

 

TOP REASONS TO DRINK GREEN TEA:

 

Help Prevent Tooth Decay

Studies have found that drinking two or more cups of green tea a day decreases the risk of tooth loss, due to its natural dose of fluoride, polyphenols and catechins to help kill the bacteria associated with bad breath and gum disease.

 

Weight Loss

According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, green tea has been shown to stimulate the body’s thermogenic fat-burning activity. It is thought that the catechins found in green tea may inhibit certain chemicals in the brain. While this is still very much in research, some believe drinking a minimum of three cups a day may raise the body’s metabolic rate.

 

Lower Risk of Heart Disease

For 11 years, a study followed 40,000 Japanese participants aged between 40-79 years. The study, published in the American Medical Association’s Journal, concluded that drinking green tea reduced the instances of death to all causes including cardiovascular disease (those who drank five cups versus those who drank less than one cup).

 

The Prevention of Cancer

It’s believed green tea may help prevent many types of cancer due to the catechins, which ward off cell mutation and reduce the formation and development of tumours. More research is needed to learn how green tea exactly interacts with cancer cells. The amount of tea required to provide a preventative effect also varies in the studies to date, from two to even ten cups a day!

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