There are so many different beverages that one can reach for nowadays which are full of nasties that can be harmful for your body (I’m looking at you carbonated drinks). Thank goodness there are now a number of healthy alternatives which are making it to the main stream that you might just want to try. One of these alternatives is green tea.
Green tea which is native to China and India, has been consumed and hailed globally for its health benefits for centuries. However, it has only recently gained popularity in the UK. This article will enlighten you of a few of the many health benefits of green tea and how to introduce it to your diet.
Health benefits of green tea
It can help manage your weight
If you look at ingredients for any fat burning supplement, the likelihood is that you will find green tea listed there. This is because green tea has been shown to increase fat burning and boost metabolic rate. Plus, green tea is calorie free!
A natural appetite suppressant
While coffee can stimulate your metabolism, it can also cause jitters. Green tea on the other hand can help reduce snacking and researchers now know that the catechins contained in the tea help inhibit the growth of fat cells, and reduce fat storage. Since it also helps stabilise blood sugar levels, it is an effective appetite suppressant.
Very rich in antioxidants
Green tea is loaded with polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins; which function as powerful antioxidants. These molecules help to cleanse our body and make sure those pesky free radicals (unstable molecules that can damage your cells) are kept away.
It can help to lower cholesterol and blood pressure
Green tea can also look after your cholesterol levels and blood pressure. It helps by keeping the levels of your blood sugar stable thanks to the catchins that are naturally in green tea by the bucket load. The tea lowers your bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) while leaving the good cholesterol (HDL) untouched. Good ol’ green tea!
Improves dental health
Studies have shown that catechins in green tea can kill bacteria and inhibit viruses such as influenza, potentially lowering your risk of infections. Green tea can also help prevent the growth of a harmful bacteria in the mouth called Streptococcus Mutans which in turn reduces the risk of plaque formation which can lead to cavities and tooth decay.
How to get green tea in your life
There are many powders and tea bags on the market which create a smashing green tea beverage which are flavourful and provide the health benefits listed above. Green tea is a great replacement for those fizzy drinks as it is calorie free alternative!
Nearly everyone nowadays lead busy lives. So to drink copious amounts of green tea throughout the day may not always be feasible. If this is you, green tea supplements might be the solution. Most green tea based supplements provide the same benefits of powders and teabags but in a more concentrated form. In some cases, one green tea capsule can provide the same amount of green tea as 7 cups of the green goodness!
So there you have it. Hopefully this post has highlighted a few of the many health benefits of green tea and how to get your fix without making any drastic changes to your lifestyle.