BENEFITS OF GREEN TEA
Green tea contains a high amount of powerful antioxidants called polyphenols and tea flavonoids known as catechins, which help in combating free radicals. The antioxidants present in green tea can help in altering and killing cells in our body, causing premature aging, cancer, and other diseases.
- The polyphenols in green tea help kill cancer cells and stop their progression.
- In a study of 472 women with breast cancer, those who drank the most green tea experienced the least spread of the disease.
- Out of more than 35,000 women, those who drank two or more cups of tea a day were almost 30 percent less likely to develop colon cancer than those who rarely drank tea.
- One Chinese study found that men who drank more than three cups of tea a day reduced their risk of prostate cancer by 70 percent.
REDUCE HARMFUL LEVEL OF LDL CHOLESTEROL
Green tea help lower cholesterol levels. In a study done with male smokers who took daily 375-milligram green tea capsules for 12 weeks, it was found that green tea significantly reduced the level of harmful LDL cholesterol in their blood when paired with a diet low in saturated fat.
Green tea can help you lose weight when consumed as part of a healthy diet because green tea increases energy expenditure and fat oxidation.
Drinking green tea or placing green tea bags over your skin may help protect it from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. In a study it was found that women who drank about six cups of green tea per day had less reddening of their skin when exposed to a solar simulator than those who did not.
Green tea contains quercetin, a chemical compound that acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. In a recent study conducted at Case Western Reserve University, researchers gave mice the equivalent of four cups of green tea a day, then gave them a substance that would normally produce rheumatoid arthritis. The tea-drinking mice were far less likely to develop arthritis than mice that drank water. According to the Iowa Women's Health Study, women who drank more than three cups of tea a day were 60 percent less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than non tea drinkers. Other research has found that tea’s polyphenols—antioxidant properties—are also anti-inflammatory and improve arthritis-related immune responses.
Catechins present in green tea can actually help kill mouth bacteria. Mouth bacteria can turn the sugar in foods into plaque, and plaque produces acids that can cause tooth decay. Catechins may also help kill the bacteria that can cause bad breath.
GOOD AGAINST DIABETES
Drinking green tea may help to prevent diabetes. One study found that Japanese adults who drank more than 6 cups of green tea a day had a much lower risk (33 percent) of developing type 2 diabetes than those who drank a cup or less a day. A number of smaller studies found that green tea extract lowered blood sugar levels in people who were borderline diabetic.
GOOD FOR HEART
Green tea contains significant amounts of flavonoids, antioxidants that protect against heart disease by slowing the breakdown of LDL cholesterol, preventing blood clots, and improving blood vessel function.