8 Health Benefits of Green Tea
Green Tea has become such a popular drink in recent times that it is now a staple in many people’s homes and kitchens. Known for its immensely powerful health benefits here are some of the many reasons why we love to drink it.
1. Green Tea is a rich source of Antioxidants
A powerful antioxidant called Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) is believed to be responsible for most of the health benefits linked to Green Tea. It belongs to a class of antioxidants called “catechins” which is said to offer protective properties to the body.
2. Green Tea and Weight Loss
As it boosts the metabolic rate naturally with the mechanism of inducing a thermogenic effect (which means the body gives off more heat), it appears that more calories are burned up at rest as well as helping the liver function more efficiently.
Journal Obesity: Effects of catechin enriched green tea on body composition
3. Green Tea and Anti Ageing
Harmful effects of free radicals can cause wrinkling and skin ageing as they damage healthy cells depleting them of oxygen and breaking down collagen. Powerful antioxidants in Green Tea are said to slow down and delay the signs and symptoms of ageing.
As a result of numerous studies many skin care companies in the beauty industry are now adding Green Tea extracts to their products too.
4. Green Tea and Skin Protection
According to research in the journal Pharmaceutical Development and Technology it is believed the antioxidants in Green Tea can help protect the skin against UV damage.
5. Green Tea and Cancer
Studies suggest that Green Tea may be protective against certain cancers including lung, ovarian, breast, prostate, stomach and gastritis.
6. Green Tea, Heart Disease and Cholesterol
Studies suggest that Green Tea has beneficial effects in decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and lowering cholesterol levels.
7. Green Tea and Dental Health
Growing evidence suggests that tea (without the addition of sugar) can help destroy many bacteria and viruses that cause dental decay.
“The specific flavonoids, mainly catechins, have exhibited inhibitory effects on the growth of cariogenic bacteria by preventing the adherence and growth of plaque bacteria at the tooth surface. Extracts of green tea inhibit oral bacteria such as Esherichia coli, Streptococcus salivarius and Streptococcus mutans. “ Tea Advisory Panel: Tea and Oral Health Fact Sheet
8. Green Tea comes in flavoured varieties offering additional health benefits
If you fancy a kick to your Green Tea there are Green Teas that contain naturally extracted flavours which provides the added bonus of many other health benefits. Here are list of Cha Teas that are actually a Green Tea.
Fragrant and cooling blend of organic Green Tea with naturally extracted flavours of mint. Mint is known to aid digestion and cuts through lethargy.
Organic Green Tea with naturally extracted flavours of mango. In addition to the tropical flavour, mango is rich in Vitamin A & C, fibre, antioxidants, minerals and phytochemicals.
Remember, Green Tea can be adapted to your preference and taste good.
To add a splash of interest, add a squeeze of lemon and lime or drink it hot or cold.
Cha Green Teas can be purchased online and in many Ireland and UK retails stores.
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