Green tea, native to China and India, has been consumed and hailed for its health benefits for centuries globally, but has only recently gained popularity in the US. It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. Tea is considered the most consumed beverage in the world behind water, however 78% of the tea consumed worldwide is black and only about 20% is green.
Listed below are the possible health benefits associated with green tea:
1. Cancer – The polyphenols in tea have been shown to decrease tumor growth in laboratory and animal studies and may protect against damage caused by ultraviolet UVB radiation.
2. Heart Disease – Green tea consumption is associated with reduced mortality due to all causes, including cardiovascular disease.
3. Lower Cholesterol – It reductions in total and LDL or “bad” cholesterol.
4. Stroke – It helps the lower the risk of stroke by adding daily green tea to your diet.
5. Type 2 Diabetes – It will lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes for green tea drinkers than for those who consumed no tea.
6. Weight Loss – The non-significant weight loss in overweight and obese adults.
7. Inflammatory Skin Diseases – It hold promise as a new treatment for skin disorders such as psoriasis and dandruff.
8. Working Memory – Green tea can enhance our brain’s cognitive functions, particularly the working memory.
9. Alzheimer’s disease and dementia – At high concentrations, CAGTE protected the cells from the toxic effects of the protein amyloid-beta.
10. Fat Burning – It increase fat burning and boost the metabolic rate, in human controlled trials.