Why should you drink Green Tea? In the UK its main promotion is to extol its weight loss benefits and it can help to suppress your appetite. This is one of the main reasons why more and more women drink Green Tea.
Green Tea speeds up the metabolism because it contains chemicals called methylxanthines which boost metabolism and burn fat more rapidly. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that the catechins (natural plant chemicals) in Green Tea can reduce waist circumference and abdominal fat by the metabolism boost.
There are lots of other, lesser known benefits too. The following is an article by WebMD about the benefits of drinking Green tea.
‘With more than a decade’s worth of research about green tea’s health benefits, particularly its potential to fight cancer and heart disease – has been more than intriguing, as have studies about green tea’s role in lowering cholesterol, burning fat, preventing diabetes, and stroke, and staving off dementia. Green tea’s antioxidants, called catechins scavenge for free radicals that can damage DNA and contribute to cancer, blood clots, and atherosclerosis.
Because of green tea’s minimal processing, its leaves are withered and steamed, not fermented like black and oolong teas , green tea’s unique catechins, especially epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), are more concentrated.
The antioxidant Catechin belongs to the family of antioxidants that includes vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein, and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants are well-known for their disease-fighting properties and can –
- Reduce high blood pressure
- Boost your immunity against disease and illness
- Prevent tooth decay and bad breath
- Help preserve and build bone
- Lower stress and increases brain power
- Excellent source of anti oxidants
- Help to protect your organs like your heart, lungs and liver
Japan has one of the worlds lowest rate of heart disease, one of the contributory factors is their high consumption of Green Tea.
There are many types of the green tea made by varied processes and hence tastes differently. Some are mild and some are strong, but they all have great weight loss and the other green tea benefits.
If you are a committed coffee or normal tea drinker, why not try replacing one of your daily cuppa’s with a Green Tea? It is an ideal replacement for coffee lovers as you still get the natural caffeine kick, but without the irritability. Try different brands to see which one is right for you, and start gaining the healthy benefits of green tea today.
It’s so good, even Haagan Dazs do it 🙂