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How green tea can be good for your health
Read all about how green tea can benefit your health.
You may have heard about the merits of green tea. You may even know a colleague or friend who is an avid green tea drinker.
But what exactly makes this bitter-tasting beverage good for your health?
6 ways green tea can benefit your health
- It’s packed with important nutrients
– Green tea is loaded with polyphenols such as flavonoids and catechins, which are powerful antioxidants. These substances can protect your cells and molecules from damage.
- Helps improve brain function
– Green tea contains a healthy dose of caffeine – enough that acts as a healthy stimulant to keep you sharp and fresh. It also contains L-theanine which, according to studies, combined with caffeine helps to improve brain function.
- Aids weight loss
– Studies show green tea can boost your metabolism and therefore enhance the fat-burning process.
- Can lower the risk of type II diabetes
– Participants of a Japanese study who ended up drinking the most green tea had a 42% lower risk of developing Type II Diabetes.
- Could reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
– Green tea may reduce LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, which means the beverage could reduce the risk of you dying from heart disease or stroke.
- May protect your brain in old age, lowering your risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
– The compounds and nutrients in green tea could assuage some of the effects of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Plain green tea isn’t for everyone’s palette.
It’s quite a bitter drink, but you can buy flavoured green tea from most supermarkets. Flavours range from lemon, grapefruit, raspberry, blueberry, peach, peppermint – and many more. You could even add honey and lemon to a cup for extra flavour.