Sit back, relax, and make yourself a cup of green tea!
Sit back, relax, and make yourself a cup of green tea. It’s good for you. Used for thousands of years as a medicine, green tea originated in China. It is rich in polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins, which work as powerful antioxidants. So whether you drink it for its taste or for its health benefits, there is no denying that green tea can be good for you. Here are some reasons why.
1. Green tea boosts your heart health. – Research has shown that green tea improved blood flow and lowers cholesterol, thus lowering your risk for cardiovascular disease. Drinking green tea can help lower LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol).
2. Green tea improves brain function. – Like coffee, green tea contains caffeine though not as much. Caffeine is a stimulant and studies have shown that it improves vigilance, mood, reaction times and memory. In addition to caffeine, green tea also contains L-theanine, which has an anti-anxiety effect.
3. Green tea lowers risk for Type 2 diabetes. In a study in Japan, green tea drinkers were found to have 40% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than non-drinkers.
You’re probably wondering what about claims that it aids weight loss? Well, first of all, know that no drink or food melts pounds off. Some studies* have shown, however, that green tea can boost your metabolism and speed up fat burning. Even better for weight loss would be to swap sugary drinks for green tea.
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