Green tea was initially common among the Chinese. But its incredible benefits have made it famous around the globe. The grassy flavor of the green tea is due to the lack of fermentation in the processing of the tea. The omission of fermentation preserves the tea’s freshness and its nutritional value making it one of the healthiest drinks available. Did you know that scientists have proved that green tea promotes longevity? People who drink green tea can keep lifestyle diseases such as obesity and diabetes at bay. Below is a list of benefits associated with green tea.
- It contains antioxidants that fight the damaging effects of the free radicals
The free radicals are by-products of the respiratory process in the body. They can also be obtained externally by alcoholism and cigarette smoking. The direct effect of these free radicals is damage to the cells. Have you ever peeled a banana or a potato and noticed how they brown after a slight exposure to the air? This is the exact effect of free radicals on our body tissues and cells. They damage body tissues which promote aging and inflammatory diseases. Antioxidants inhibit and slow down the action of free radicals by scavenging on them.
Antioxidants present in green tea include Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and vitamin C. Vitamin C enhances the immune response and accelerates detoxification of the liver. Intake of green tea slows down aging and prevents diseases of the cardiovascular system and other inflammatory illnesses. Overall, the tea enhances the quality of life.
- Green tea promotes our dental health
You will all agree with me that bad breathe awful. It is even worse when coupled with teeth loss. Green tea kills the microbes responsible for bad breath. It outperforms mints and anything else consumed for fresher breath. Studies have shown that it keeps your breath fresher for an extended period. The leading causes of tooth loss are the periodontal gum disease and cavities. Research on oral health based in Egypt has proved that green tea reduces gum bleeding and neutralizes acids that cause cavities and tooth decay.
Another study done at the University of Texas has shown that green tea slows down and prevents the progression of oral cancer. Reports have indicated that people who take green tea have an excellent oral health.
- Green tea aids in weight loss
Statistics show that 36% of the population is considered to be obese. Going to the gym and working out is the daily routine of people trying to keep fit. Do you know that taking green tea alone can cut your extra weight without working out? Green tea is a thermogenic substance. The ingredients that make it a thermogenic substance include caffeine and catechins. Thermogenesis is the production of body heat through food digestion and metabolization. Thermogenic substances burn calories to produce heat. Therefore optimal intake of green tea will burn your calories without the physical work out.
Incorporate green tea in your lifestyle every day for enhanced health and longevity