Do you have the habit of drinking green tea daily? Then, there are several reasons to cheer. According to Jesse Feder, a personal trainer & registered dietitian, green tea contains high levels of polyphenols which are potent antioxidants. These antioxidants are quite effective in lowering and combating inflammation throughout your body.
Furthermore, the presence of certain antioxidants in green tea can boost metabolism and enhance the burning of fat. Last, but not least, green tea contains caffeine that can temporarily boost your metabolism and also help in stomach fat loss.
Top 5 Lesser Known Benefits Of Green Tea
You might be delighted to know that green tea comes with several other health benefits as well.
1. Protects Your Heart
Studies show that people who consumed one to three cups of green tea in a day had a reduced risk of stroke and heart attack. To add on, those who drank at least 10 cups in a day had lower LDL cholesterol levels in comparison to those who consumed less than three cups daily.
Sam Schleiger, a functional medicine dietitian says that catechins, a type of flavonoid contained in green tea, aid in reducing the formation of plaques in the arteries, cut down LDL cholesterol levels, and improve blood lipid profiles.
2. May Boost Your Brain Health
A review in Phytomedicine, a journal, says that green tea may provide several benefits for brain function such as lowering anxiety, enhancing memory, and boosting attention. According to Schleiger, the presence of an amino acid called L-theanine in green tea promotes relaxation and boosts the production of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin that enable improved brain function.
3. May Help Stabilize Blood Sugar Levels
According to some studies, green tea may help keep your blood sugar levels steady. Shapiro says that it may be the content of EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) that helps prevent the breakdown of starches and causes an increase in blood sugar.
4. Protects Your Skin
The antioxidants in green tea, particularly catechins, offer protection for your skin from damage caused due to free radicals. The ultimate benefits include reducing signs of aging and an overall improvement in your skin health. Also, if you are suffering from skin problems such as acne, rosacea, and eczema, the anti-inflammatory properties of green tea can help relieve skin irritation and reduce redness.
5. May Help Reduce The Risk Of Cancer
A study shows that the presence of bioactive compounds like catechins might help reduce the risk of cancer. Green tea works in such a way that it affects some signaling pathways, thereby inhibiting the growth of cancerous cells which ultimately leads to the death of cancerous cells. However, this research was performed on animal models and further studies need to be conducted to substantiate the claims of green tea’s effectiveness against cancer.
Hope now you are better informed on the amazing benefits of drinking green tea. However, it is to be noted that each cup of green tea contains around 30 to 40 milligrams of caffeine. Though consuming up to 400 milligrams of caffeine in a day is considered to be safe for most adults, higher amounts can lead to side effects such as dizziness, fast heart rate, anxiety, and dehydration.
Also, if you have a history of digestive issues, it is always better to stay away from having green tea on an empty stomach. In such cases, it is recommended to monitor your tolerance, moderate your intake, and have green tea after meals. Also, if you have any underlying health issues, consult with your doctor before making green tea a part of your daily life.
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