Though green tea has been used by the Chinese since centuries as traditional remedy for various ailments, it?s only recently that the rest of the world has joined the green tea craze race.
Green tea originates from the same plant as the black and oolong teas. The only difference being -Fresh leaves are steamed for green tea whereas leaves are fermented for the others. And the lesser processing and no fermentation have added more advantage to green tea. They have higher content of antioxidants.
This and the presence of lesser amount of caffeine make it one of the healthiest among all caffeinated beverages.
Weight watchers sure would not have missed the benefits of green tea in weight reduction, however, green tea and its benefits do not stop at just weight loss, there is a lot more to t than what meets your eye.
Here is a list of benefits which is sure to make you change your beverage habits.
- Lowers cancer risk
The presence of powerful anti-oxidants in green tea protects the cells from oxidative damaging action of free radicals.
- Mood stimulant
Along with caffeine, it contains L-theanine, an amino acid which can cross blood brain barrier. Together they improve brain function.
This was used by the Buddhist monks for physical refreshment, to aid in meditation and as an alcohol substitute way back in 500BC!
- Brain health
Neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer?s and Parkinson?s lead to Dementia by causing death of Dopamine producing neurons. Green tea protects these neurons.
- Oral Health
Inhibits microbial growth, prevents bad breath and also strengthens gums. The fluoride content in it prevents decaying of teeth.
- Cholesterol reduction
Tannins present in green tea reduce the LDLs (bad cholesterol) and prevent plaque formation in arteries. It also prevents cholesterol absorption in the gut.
- Stress & Depression Management
Polyphenols helps in providing a steady supply of glucose to the brain.
- Prevents fatty liver
Fat deposition in liver is common in alcoholics. Green tea prevents this deposition, thus keeping a healthy liver, increased metabolism and weight management.
- Prevents Osteoporosis
Low bone density increases risk of fracture. Fluoride in the green tea keeps the bone strong.
- Improves Immunity
Presence of Vitamin C, polyphenols and flavonoids makes the body resistant to infections.
- Reduces risk of Rheumatism
Block the production of inflammatory proteins, Chemokines, which are responsible for inflammation of joints.
- Prevents Platelet Aggregation
Due to presence of Flavonoids, platelet aggregation in blood vessels is reduced and thereby reducing risk of Coronary Heart Disease.
- Diabetes Management
In type 2 diabetes. Inhibits enzyme Alpha Glucosidase and regulates blood glucose levels.
- Blood Pressure
Regular consumption decreases risk of high BP.
- For Skin
Anti-oxidants present in green tea prevent damage caused by sun. It prevents sun burns. It’s a natural sunscreen. It also slows down signs of aging.
It also prevents acne & topical application clears away the blemishes.
The strained liquid can be used as a toner.
- For Hair
You can use the strained green tea liquid as a hair rinse. It promotes good hair growth, reduces hair fall & slows down graying of hair.
- Anti bacterial & Anti viral properties
A regular intake 2-3 cups of green tea will surely go a long way in maintaining your health.