Benefits of Green Tea
Green tea has become a craze nowadays as it has many health benefits. It contains the highest level of antioxidants such as polyphenols, catechins and flavonoids which help to improve your overall health. Green tea has its origin rooted in China, but now, is spread all over the world.
Green tea is brewed from the unoxidized leaves of the plant Camellia sinensis. There are many varieties of green tea available which include Sencha, Gyokuro, Matcha and Tencha. Moderate consumption, that is twice in a day, will deliver you good results as over-consumption may have some side-effects (heartburn, diarrhea, insomnia).
Improves Brain function
Two key ingredients of green tea, caffeine and amino acid L – theanine help in improving your brain function. Firstly, caffeine blocks adenosine (an inhibitory neurotransmitter) and fire up the neurons. Secondly, L – theanine increases the GABA activity which in turn has anti-anxiety effects. Studies show that caffeine and L – theanine act synergistically.
Reduces Cardiovascular Risk
One of the biggest causes of death in the world still is coronary heart disease and stroke. Observational studies have shown that green tea has the ability to reduce total cholesterol, LDL and triglycerides which are the main reason for developing a heart disease. People who drink green tea on regular basis have 31% lower risk to get a cardiovascular disease.
Aids in Weight Loss
Green tea revs up your body’s metabolism rate in a very short period. It contains a catechin called EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) which helps to activate certain fat burning hormones in your body and thus decreases fat. Green tea and a moderate intensity exercise will help you to burn calories at a very faster rate.
Protects Against Cancer
Cancer is an uncontrolled growth of cells and is one of the leading cause of death. Research has shown that oxidative cell damage is responsible for the development of cancer. Green tea being an excellent source of many antioxidants, it protects your body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Green tea drinkers have a lower risk of developing cancer.
Lowers Type 2 Diabetes Risk
In the past few decades, type 2 diabetes (T2D) has reached epidemic proportions and almost bothers above 400 million people all over the world. In people with diabetes, blood sugar levels are not well controlled due to insulin resistance and low levels of insulin production by the pancreas. Green tea is shown to increase the insulin sensitivity and regulate your blood sugars.