Drinking green and herbal tea can have many health and medicinal benefits. As they say a cup of tea makes everything better. Here are the top 10 reasons why many medical experts recommend drinking a cup of green tea everyday:
1. Green tea can increase your metabolism and boost weight loss
Various studies have shown that the natural compound in green tea known as polyphenols can increase the metabolic rates and fat oxidation. The calories the body burns to digest food and absorb its nutrients is called ‘Thermogenesis’. "Green tea has thermogenic properties and promotes fat oxidation beyond that explained by its caffeine content per se," says the author of a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Other studies have shown a decrease in body fat percentage of the participants who drank green tea on a regular basis. According to researchers, drinking green tea could reduce the dangerous abdominal fat.
2. Green tea could reduce the risk of heart diseases
According to World Health Organization, cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide. Research has shown that the natural substances in green tea can lower the primary risk cause of cardio diseases. According to researchers, green tea can prevent the formation of blood clots and lower the level of bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
3. The antioxidants in green tea can lower the risk of esophageal, stomach, prostate, breast and colorectal cancer
According to a recent study by the World Cancer Report, at least 50% of all men and women may get cancer at some point in their life, while global cancer rates are expected to increase 50 percent by the year 2020. A diet high in antioxidants is one of the best ways to starve cancer cells. Green tea is a great source of powerful antioxidants and can prevent various types of cancer. In fact, research shows that a specific type of polyphenols in green tea known as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) can protect the body cells against the potent damage of free radical known as hydrogen oxide.
4. Green tea can lower the risk of Alzheimer disease and Parkinson’s
Recent studies have shown that the natural compounds in green tea known as catechin can protect brain cells and lower the risk of diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. Recent study shows that people who drink green tea have less mental decline and lower risk of developing dementia.
5. Green tea has strong antioxidant, antiviral and antibacterial properties
6. Green tea can lower the risk of type II diabetes
More than 300 million people worldwide are affected by diabetes. According to the International Diabetes Federation, diabetes kills one person every one second worldwide. The body’s inability to produce insulin or elevated blood sugar levels when the body is insulin resistant are the primary causes of diabetes. Research has shown that the natural compounds in green tea can lower the risk of type II diabetes.
7. The amino acids in green tea can lower the risk of depression and help relaxation
The amino acids found in green tea leaves known as Theanine can lower the risk of depression and anxiety and help to improve relaxation.
8. Natural compounds in green tea can help to improve dental care and oral health
The natural antioxidant in green tea known as ‘catechin’ can lower the risk of various infections and kill bacteria and viruses. According to researchers, the natural compound in green tea can help dental health, and lower the risk of tooth decay and cavities.
9. Green tea has anti-aging properties and can improve the skin
A diet high in antioxidants can lower the effect of free radicals and toxins. The natural antioxidant in green tea has anti-aging properties and can keep you young.
10. Antioxidants in green tea can improve eyesight
According to researchers, the antioxidant in green tea known as ‘catechins’ can help to protect the delicate tissues of the eye from glaucoma and other eye diseases. It has been a very recent discovery of the science that the tissue of the eye is capable of absorbing catechins in green tea. Other studies have also shown that catechins in green tea can prevent cataract-induced blindness.