Nutritional Highlights of Green Tea

Nutritional Highlights of Green Tea

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Green tea is known to be an anti-ageing beverage packed with antioxidants and nutrients that are great for your health. These antioxidants fight free radicals that are associated with oxidative stress and responsible for the cell damage that occurs in most of the illnesses.

Recent studies have shown that drinking green tea regularly can control bleeding and healing wounds, improve heart and mental health, aid digestion, regulate body temperature and prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Although research is still going, most of the results showed that the polyphenols in tea can also decrease tumour growth or occurrence in prostate cancer, breast cancer, bladder cancer, lung cancer, colorectal and ovarian cancer. It seems that drinking at least three cups of green tea per day can help prevent mutations in cells that cause cancer.

In countries with a high consumption of green tea, cancer rates are lower but it's possible that these results can be determined by other lifestyle factors as well.  Nevertheless, there’s certainly no harm in pouring yourself a cup, anyway.

Even if the link between green tea and cancer prevention is still being debated, there is an entire list of amazing benefits you can get from drinking green tea, that most of people have not been aware of.

1) Green tea heart benefits

Green tea can help regulating the cholesterol by increasing the antioxidant levels in the blood, protecting this way, the heart health from high blood pressure, strokes or other heart related diseases.

It basically keeps the blood vessels stay relaxed being able to better withstand changes in blood pressure. The catechins and polyphenolic it contains are improving the blood circulation, lowering the risk of blood clots while regulating the blood sugar levels.

As a matter of fact, a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association has shown that drinking at least 5 green tea cups per day is associated with a reduced risk of stroke and can lower the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.

2) Green tea for type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes affects hundreds of people and it’s associated with lack of exercise and over-consumption of carbs. Because green tea can regulate the glucose levels, it can prevent high insulin spikes that result in fat storage. Its anti-inflammatory properties can also reduce swelling in arteries, improving circulation through blood vessels.

Of course, cutting out sugar and having a regular exercise routine can improve insulin sensitivity and prevent the illness as well. But if you want to make sure your insulin regulatory system will work properly, there’s no harm in increasing your green tea consumption.

Researchers believe green tea helps to regulate blood sugar levels and improve the body's insulin sensitivity. For people with diabetes, drinking green tea may help them produce insulin more effectively.

3) Green tea and weight loss

In weight loss industry, green tea is a big thing, especially because it increases the metabolism, it improves liver function and increases the energy levels, helping people shed pounds faster.

Accelerating fat oxidation, green tea helps your body burn fat stores faster and supports the liver as well in breaking down fats. When the levels of fat oxidation are intensified, the body turns food into calories much faster, burning through excess calories and cutting body fat in the process. That results in weight loss acceleration.

4) Green tea protects the brain's health

Green tea can boost brain function, particularly the working memory but it can also help guard against mental decline. The catechin found in green tea is a powerful antioxidant that protects the neurons that can be affected by long-term conditions like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease, slowing down memory regression and increasing the brain’s function to process new information, even at an older age.

Studies suggested that green tea can also improve spatial cognition, guarding the grey matter against neuropsychiatric disorders such as dementia and being quite promising in the treatment of cognitive impairments that are common in most neurodegenerative diseases. Other research has shown that green tea can not only slows down memory regression but can also improve memory recall, restoring the damaged brain cells.

In the same time the amino acids from the tea leaves can have a tranquillizing effect that can be a great benefit in depression.

5) Green tea maintains your skin's health

Packed with antioxidants, green tea can reduce the free-radical damage to the skin, from the ones caused by the sun damage or other environmental factors to the ones caused by the low levels of collagen that occur after a certain age. Its anti-inflammatory properties can help relieve psoriasis, reduce irritation or fight other inflammatory skin diseases that have symptoms like red, dry and flaky skin.

Studies concluded that green tea is also a promising treatment for dandruff or psoriasis, because it slows down the growth of skin cells, regulating their life cycle.

6) Green tea reduces the post-training DOMs

Being full of antioxidants that can reduce pain and inflammation from injured areas, green tea is perfect for the post training DOMs because it speeds up recovery. The effect of green tea is observed in the skeletal muscle, as it’s delaying onset muscle soreness from the exercise routine. It also has positive effects on muscle recovery after strenuous exercise.

7) Green tea improves bones' strength

As we age, our bones’ density diminishes but if we alkalise our body, we can help preventing this thing to happen. Green tea is alkaline and it can help you maintain a balanced PH, so the minerals from your bones won’t be used to counteract blood acidity.

All in all, green tea can help you live longer, by reducing the risk of various illnesses, preventing cancer and improving life expectancy. Regular consumption will entail good health, a strong immunity system and a body free of disorders, providing a long and healthy life filled with energy, cognition, overall clarity and a genuine sense of well-being.

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