Green tea is one of those rare beverages that’s universally accepted by science as a healthy one because of its antioxidant properties.
There are overblown claims allover TV commercials and the internet about the benefits of green tea. In this article, we are going to parse through and figure out if green tea is as effective as it is claimed to be.
#1 Healthy Nutrients
Green tea is loaded with healthy nutrients. It contains bioactive Polyphenols like Flavonoids, Catechins, and Phenolic acid. All of these are antioxidant.
What antioxidants do is prevent free radical damage to our body – free radical damage over time causes cancer.
Those who drink green tea have lower rates of cancer. And it’s been theorized that it has to do with the huge amount of antioxidants found within green tea.
Endnote: It’s good to drink green tea, but it’s not going to cure or prevent all types of cancer. It’ll reduce the chance of cancer.
#2 Stops the stinky breath
The nutrients within green tea that we have mentioned earlier do a great job of inhibiting and killing certain types of bacteria. In fact, studies have shown that bacteria known to cause bad breath were killed by drinking green tea.
Also, when you have less of that specific bacteria, you have less plaque. So green tea also decreases the risk of developing a cavity.
#3 Green tea lowers blood pressure
Researchers have found out that green tea has a significant impact on lowering blood pressure in the long-term.
In a recent study of a group of 25 people, it was concluded that after 12 weeks of drinking tea, blood pressure was lower by 2.6 mmHg systolic and 2.2 mmHg diastolic.
#4 Gives you stable energy
Green tea does a great job of giving stable energy. It has 30-50 milligrams of caffeine, which is same as half a cup of coffee.
While a big cup of coffee gives you a jittery feeling, green tea keeps you focused, and stimulated without the jitteriness.
Another nutrient green tea has that works together with caffeine to boost your brain function is called L-Theanine. L-Theanine gives your brain the relaxation without the added sedation or drowsiness that come along with other relaxing agents.
#5 Green tea helps burn fat
Green tea can help you burn fat. The caffeine present in green tea acts as a stimulant that has been shown to aid fat burning and improve exercise performance in various studies.
Though not all studies agree on this, it’s more of an individual case by case basis thing. But there is a promise of increased metabolism, and fat oxidation – essentially fat burning.