Green tea is one of the healthiest drinks one can have. It has been used by herbalists for many purposes since ages. Though originated in China, this beverage gained much popularity all over the world for its multitude of benefits from weight loss to prevention of cancer, lowering blood pressure and other lifestyle stress related aspects.
Packed with antioxidants and healthy nutrients, green tea is processed without fermentation unlike its counterpart, black tea. This is the factor that retains all its benefits in terms of antioxidants, polyphenols etc.
Among the multitude of benefits, here are a few reasons a common person would choose green tea over another beverage. Some of these are yet to be scientifically proven, but otherwise have been found to have potential benefits. For an accurate recommendation on medicinal purposes, consult your physician.
- Potential weight loss: Here is the good news. Green tea is found to increase metabolic rate. The polyphenols increase fat oxidation and body’s rate at which calories are burnt.
- Heart functions: Green tea is found to relax blood vessel linings, thus has been show to potentially lessen risk of clots, stroke or heart attack.
- Cholesterol: Green tea has been shown to potentially help formulate good cholesterol over bad cholesterol in our body.
- Teeth: The chemical Catechin in green tea is effective on bacteria and viruses which cause infection of throat, caries or dental decay. It is equally effective in keeping mouth fresh and devoid of foul smell.
- Blood pressure: Regular consumption of 6 or more glasses of green tea has been found to potentially bring high blood pressure under control.
- Depression: Theanine found in green tea gives a natural tranquillizer effect which helps you relax and de-stress.
- Anti-bacterial: Catechin in tea have strong properties that can potentially fight bacteria, it has shown to potentially help strengthen immunity.
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