Green Tea is used all around the world as a refreshing beverage. In recent years, its numerous health benefits have been frequently touted in the media. Historically, Green Tea has also been used for its medicinal properties in South Asian countries.
Green Tea is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that are extremely good for the body. It has more health benefits than black tea.
So, why does Tea coming from the same Tea plant have vastly different health benefits?
It has to do with the way both types of Tea are processed.
In the simplest terms, Black Tea involves a fermentation process but Green Tea does not. This ensures that Green Tea retains antioxidants and poly-phenols, which provide us with many health benefits.
Here are some of the health benefits of drinking Green Tea:
HEALTH BENEFIT #1. – WEIGHT LOSS AND FAT REDUCTION
Green tea is an antioxidant powerhouse. It contains polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins, which function as antioxidants. It helps boost the metabolic rate and increases fat burning, thus helping weight loss. The caffeine in green tea also helps fat oxidation.
HEALTH BENEFIT #2. – BOOST BRAIN ALPHA WAVE FUNCTION
Green tea has the amino acid L-theanine that increases the production of alpha waves in the brain. Studies show that the caffeine and L-theanine together help improve brain function. They also help reduce anxiety and stress.
HEALTH BENEFIT #3. – LOWER CANCER RISKS
As green tea is an excellent source of antioxidants, it helps lower risks of various types of cancer such as breast cancer, prostrate cancer etc.
HEALTH BENEFIT #4. – LOWER RISK OF NEURODEGENRATIVE DISEASES
The catechin compounds in the green tea could help lower risk of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
HEALTH BENEFIT #5. – LOWER RISK OF TYPE II DIABETES
Green Tea may also help lower the risk of Type II diabetes. Studies have shown that green tea is able to decrease the fasting glucose.(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23803878)
HEALTH BENEFIT #6. – REDUCE THE RISK OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES
Green tea can help lower the total and LDL cholesterol, thereby helping reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack and stroke.
HEALTH BENEFIT #7. – ANTIBACTERIAL AND ANTIVIRAL PROPERTIES
The catechins in green tea are both anti-viral and anti-bacterial. They help destroy bacteria and viruses that cause dental cavities and gum disease among other things.