Top 5 benefits of green tea
Green tea is one of the healthiest beverages on the planet. It’s loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. This includes improved brain function, fat loss, and a lower risk of cancer.
Lose weight and burn fat
If you look at the ingredients list for any slimming supplement, chances are that green tea is on there. This is because green tea has been shown to increase fat burning and boost the metabolic rate, which means you burn more calories.
In one study, green tea increased energy expenditure by 4%. Another showed that fat oxidation was increased by 17%.
And given that green tea can boost the metabolic rate, it makes sense that it could help you lose weight. Several studies show that green tea leads to decreases in body fat, especially in the abdominal area.
In one particular 12 week controlled trial, the green tea drinking group had significant decreases in body fat percentage, body weight, waist circumference and abdominal fat.
The compounds in green tea can improve brain function and make you smarter and more productive. Many people report having more stable energy and being much more productive when they drink green tea, compared to coffee.
Yes, green tea contains caffeine, which is a known stimulant. It doesn’t contain as much as coffee, but enough to produce a response without causing the ‘jittery’ effects associated with too much caffeine.
Caffeine helps brain function by increasing the firing of neurons and the concentration of neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine. Caffeine can also improve other aspects of brain function, including improved mood, vigilance, reaction time and memory.
Green tea also has the amino acid L-theanine, which has anti-anxiety effects. It also increases dopamine and the production of alpha waves in the brain. Studies show that caffeine and L-theanine can have synergistic effects. The combination of the two is particularly potent at improving brain function.
Improves dental health and risk of infection
The catechins in green tea have biological effects that can kill bacteria and inhibit viruses such as the flu, lowering your risk of infections.
They can also reduce the growth of streptococcus mutans, the primary harmful bacteria in the mouth. It causes plaque formation and is a leading contributor to cavities and tooth decay.
Green tea consumption will not only improve your dental health and a lower risk of caries, but it can also help with bad breath.
Green tea is full of polyphenols such as flavonoids and catechins, which are powerful antioxidants. They can reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, protecting cells and molecules from damage. These free radicals are known to play a role in aging and all sorts of diseases.
Lowers risk of diseases
Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s: Multiple studies that the catechin compounds in green tea can have various protective effects on neurons, potentially lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Breast cancer: Observational studies found that those who drank the most green tea had a 22% lower risk of developing breast cancer.
Prostate cancer: A study found that men drinking green tea had a 48% lower risk of developing prostate cancer.
Colorectal cancer: A study of nearly 70,000 women found that green tea drinkers had a 57% lower risk of colorectal cancer.
Diabetes: In a review of seven studies with a total of 286,701 individuals, green tea drinkers had an 18% lower risk of becoming diabetic.
Type II Diabetes: Green tea can improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood sugar levels. One study found that those who drank the most green tea had a 42% lower risk of developing type II diabetes.
Cardiovascular disease: Green tea can improve some of the main risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease, and stroke. Green tea drinkers have up to a 31% lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
Try it for yourself
If you want to give it a go and get all these benefits for yourself, why not try our chinese Feiyan tea (£14.95 for 20 teabags). Or if you’re not much of a tea-person, check out our Green Tea Extract supplements (£16.95 for 90 tablets), which have all the same benefits without the tea-drinking!
Source of study statistics: authoritynutrition.com.