Green tea is probably one of the most popular gifts of nature, which has been a part of Japanese culture since the dawn of time, but recently that habit has spread to the other parts of the world.
This tea is recommended by nutritionists as an alternative to coffee. It contains numerous antioxidants and its health benefits are impressive. Thanks to its ability to improve the overall health, green tea is rightfully considered the king of teas.
Here are a few of green tea’s main health benefits:
1.Assist in the prevention of cancer
Several studies have proven that two cups of green tea a day will stop the growth of cancer cells. Green tea is especially effective against breast cancer. In a study performed on 500 women was found that women who drink green tea before and after surgery have a smaller risk of developing cancer again.
Moreover, there are studies that proved the effectiveness of green tea against colon cancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, and lung cancer. In a 2014 California study has been proven that only one cup green tea can significantly reduce the risk of developing lung cancer.
Furthermore, green tea contains ellagic acid that can destroy cancer stem cells without damaging the healthy cells. It also prevents the activity of an enzyme known as urokinase that cancer cells need to grow.
2.Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease
Studies suggest that antioxidants found in green tea may lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood, increase the flexibility of the blood vessels and prevent damage to the heart muscle. Also, faster and easier recovery was observed in patients who experienced a heart attack. In a recent study has been shown that drinking 2 to 3 cups of green tea a day can reduce the chances of getting a heart attack by 43 percent.
3.Improves the function of your liver
The liver is one of the most important organs in the body and should be kept healthy at all times. Drinking green tea every day can reduce the risk of fatty liver disease and improve the function of the organ. Green tea extract increases the activity of enzymes responsible for detoxification of the liver, lungs and small intestines.
4.Promotes weight loss
Green tea contains catechins and caffeine, which speeds up the metabolism and stimulates the burning of fat in the body. In one study has been shown that fat oxidation was increased by 17 percent, indicating that green tea can increase the burning of fat.
Green tea helps in regulating numerous digestive problem including constipation. It acts as a mild laxative and has the ability to speed up the intestinal transit and fight constipation.
Green tea contains polyphenols such as catechins, which can block the production of DHT in hair follicles, a factor which is related to hair loss. By blocking the activity of this hormone, you will be able to regrow your hair. Furthermore, green tea contains a compound known as EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which can boost hair growth and treat problems such as dry scalp, dandruff and seborrhea.
7.Prevents type 2 diabetes
The long-term consumption of green tea (1 to 2 cups per day) provides impressive protection against diabetes. Green tea improves lipid and glucose metabolism and prevents sharp increases in blood sugar levels. One Japanese study found that those who drink green tea had a 42 percents lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Green tea contains an amino acid known as theanine, naturally found in the leaves of the plant. Theanine has depression-fighting and anti-stress properties, increase the ability for learning and improves concentration. Also, it can increase the level of dopamine in the brain, that can cause an increased feeling of pleasure.
With age, our bones become weaker and thinner. That leads to losing bone mass. Recent studies have shown that drinking at least two cups green tea a day for at least six years leads to increased bone mineral density. Green tea contains quercetin, a chemical compound responsible for his anti-inflammatory activity.
10.Kills bacteria and viruses
Green tea has antibacterial and antiviral properties, strengthens the immune system and helps your body fight these pathogenic organisms. Vitamin C in green tea helps in the fight against flu and colds. Studies also suggest that particular polyphenols in green tea called catechins may kill influenza virus.
In another study has been shown that green tea also enhances the performances of the antibiotics, which are nearly three times more effective when taken with green tea.
How to prepare green tea properly?
To make a cup of tea, you need one teaspoon of green tea (or a filter bag). Soak it in 200ml of warm water and allow the tea to stand in the water for 3 to 5 minutes. It is important to know that two cups per day are enough to achieve the desired effects. Because of its caffeine content, you should avoid drinking green tea before bedtime. If you haven’t drunk green tea, it is best to start with one cup a day.