Today I’m bringing to you this informative article about the benefits of green tea. This article was written by the author mentioned at the end of this post. I found it very interesting and I hope you do too!
Green tea has been popular in Japan for centuries, but in recent years it has become clear that this delicious beverage has more benefits than just taste. Green tea has been shown to be beneficial for many body systems and can prevent many diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes. Read on to learn ten reasons why green tea is great for your body.
1. It fights cancer.
Recent studies have shown that ECGC, the active ingredient in green tea, can prevent and even halt the growth of certain cancers. Scientists have demonstrated that it stops the growth of certain lung and colorectal cancer cells, and it even has caused prostate cancer cells to undergo apoptosis, or commit suicide. Drinking green tea may contribute to the low cancer rates found in countries like Japan, where it has been popular for a long time.
2. It protects against heart disease.
Although green tea doesn’t lower blood pressure, it has been shown to reduce the severity of coronary artery disease. The antioxidants in green tea act as vasodialators, meaning that they cause blood vessels to open up and become more flexible and less prone to clogging.
3. It helps manage weight.
ECGC is a powerful fat-fighting ingredient. It discourages fat from depositing around the belly or midsection, where it does the most damage to general health. It also encourages the body to burn fat more efficiently, encouraging weight loss.
4. It lowers cholesterol. Green tea has many effects on metabolism, and one of them is changing the way your body handles fats. The ECGC in green tea encourages the body to package fats in high-density lipoproteins, or good cholesterol, rather than in low-density lipoproteins, or bad cholesterol, further reducing your risk of heart attack and stroke.
5. It defends against stroke.
The effects of green tea on blood vessels and cholesterol make it less likely that you will develop atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. It also makes it harder for clots to form in blood vessels. Since these clots can break loose and travel to the brain, causing a stroke, green tea is a potent protector against these devastating problems.
6. It helps prevent dementia.
ECGC can help your brain cells function more effectively over time, making it less likely that you will develop dementia. ECGC helps brain cells eliminate waste products that can build up and damage them over time. Its antioxidant activity also helps remove damaging free radicals that can harm brain cells, keeping your brain healthy for the long haul.
7. It prevents diabetes.
Green tea makes the body’s cells more sensitive to insulin, the hormone that helps remove sugar from the blood and take it into body cells as fuel. Because insulin resistance is an important cause of diabetes, green tea can have a strong protective effect.
8. It’s low in caffeine.
Compared with other sources of antioxidants, such as black tea, coffee, and chocolate, green tea is low in caffeine. It also contains no calories, sugar, or alcohol. It is a great way to take in more antioxidants without wrecking your diet.
9. It’s good for your skin.
Green tea may be able to prevent skin damage and wrinkles far more effectively than supplements and products containing vitamins A and E can. Green tea is 200 times more powerful at eliminating free radicals that can harm healthy skin cells. This simple beverage can keep you looking younger longer.
10. It’s delicious!
Green tea has a fresh, clean taste. It can be a little bitter at first, so try it with a little honey, sugar, or citrus fruit to balance it out. It is delicious hot or iced, and tastes good with orange or lemon added. It can even be mixed with lemonade. Enjoy the health benefits of all-natural green tea with just a sip of a tasty drink.
Carla Haibi is a Geek, Arabic and English food blogger who maintains the Lebanese Food Section on Shahiya.com and an Online content manager for Shahiya.com a Leading arabic recipe website in the Middle East.
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