Green tea has been hailed for its health benefits and enjoyed for thousands of years globally, particularly in East Asia. Made from the leaves and buds of the Camellia sinensis plant (often called “tea plant”), there are dozens of different types of green tea with different processing and preparation methods as well as different flavor profiles.
Whatever type of green tea you enjoy, you can sip easy knowing it is one of the world’s healthiest beverages! Just be sure to drink unsweetened green tea, since added sugar will offset any health benefits as well as its natural delicious flavor. Check out some of the many health benefits of green tea:
Heart Healthy - Green tea contains significant amounts of flavonoids and polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that protect the heart by reducing “bad” (LDL) and total cholesterol levels, blood pressure, triglycerides and blood fats. Drinking green tea regularly can reduce risk of blood clots, improve blood vessel function and lower rates of arterial blockage.
Anti Inflammatory - Flavonoids also have anti-inflammatory benefits, and studies have shown that regularly drinking green tea can help a large swath of issues with root causes or symptoms of inflammation, including: acne, skin diseases like psoriasis and dandruff, gingivitis (inflammation of gums), arthritis and more.
Improves Dental Health - Antioxidants in green tea also have bacteria-killing properties, and drinking unsweetened green tea can help protect against cavities, gum disease and bad breath by reducing oral bacteria.
Supports Brain Function and Health - Both caffeine and the amino acid L-theanine present in green tea work together to improve brain function and health. Green tea does not contain as much caffeine as coffee; enough to produce a response but not enough to make for that “jittery” effect.
Reduce Risk of Cancers - Oxidative stress and damage contributes to development of cancer, and many studies have shown that regular drinkers of green tea (an excellent source of antioxidants) are significantly less likely to develop several types of cancer. Lowered risk of other serious health issues and diseases, like stroke and type 2 diabetes, have also been linked to regular green tea consumption.
Helps Promote Weight Loss - Green tea may boost metabolic rate in the short term, and some studies indicate that drinking several cups of unsweetened green tea daily can lead to increased weight loss, particularly belly fat.
Packed with potent and powerful antioxidants, green tea might possibly be the healthiest beverage in the world. Historically, green tea was originally drunk and prized by emperors, gentry, Buddhist priests and scholars. But thanks to global production and distribution, green tea can be enjoyed by anyone for its delicious flavor and health benefits!