Green tea has been used as a medicine for thousands of years. It was originated in China but spread across Asia and the rest of the world. However, majority of the world drinks black tea and lately a lot of fitness gurus recommend adding green tea.
We only know that it helps in weight loss, well that is one of the benefits, but apart from this there are a lot of other benefits which may be known or unknown to most of us.
Read on to the benefits of green tea –
1. Antioxidants – lower the risk of cancer
Cancer has become of one of the leading cause of death across the world. It is known that antioxidants can helps as a protective effect.
Green tea is a rich source of antioxidants, which reduces the risk of cancer. A lot of studies have also proven that green tea drinkers have lower risk of cancer.
2. Bad breath
It consist of catechins(natural phenol and antioxidant) which has biological effect. Catechins in green tea can inhibit the growth of bacteria and viruses causes in the mouth.
It helps to lower the infection and improve dental health, lowers the risk of caries and bad breath.
It helps to reduce the bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad. Studies have shown that drinking up to ten cups of green tea a day has a significant impact on cholesterol.
Green tea can also help with wrinkles and early signs of ageing. This is because of its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It is the best and natural way to younger and healthy skin.
Green tea contains thiamine, which is known to produce calming effect. Studies have shown this decaffeinated tea helps to reduce stress and is a perfect substitute for coffee or tea.
6. Brain functionality
Yes, it makes you smarter. This is because it contains caffeine which is known as a stimulant. The caffeine content is not as much as coffee. It has more than just caffeine; it has L-theanine which increases the neurotransmitter activity. Studies have shown that the combination of caffeine and L-theanine helps to improve brain functionality.
7. Weight loss
Last but, not the least is weight loss. This is the most common benefit known by everyone and also recommended by fitness gurus.
Green tea helps to increase the body metabolism which reduces body fat. It is particularly effective to reduce abdominal fat.