Reasons to Drink Green Tea

Written by Kami on February 9, 2008 – 9:39 am -

Found it interesting as well as motivating for non-drinkers.

Imagine a fragrant cup of green tea. The clear, pale green liquid gives off a delicious aroma somewhat like wet hay mixed with the scent of apples or pears. You lift the cup to your lips and take the first sip. The comforting liquid rolls over your tongue and eases down your throat, brightening and warming as it goes. Its slight astringency freshens your mouth, making it feel naturally clean. Yet green tea is a lot more than just a delicious and satisfying drink, it has many medicinal properties that are nothing short of amazing.

  • Cut cancer risk

Several polyphenols – the potent antioxidants green tea is famous for is helpful to keep cancer cells from gaining a foothold in the body, by discouraging their growth and then squelching the creation of new blood vessels that tumors need to thrive. Studies have found that people who regularly drink green tea reduce their risk of breast, stomach, esophagus, colon, and prostate cancer.

  • Reduces breast cancer risk

In a study published in the May, 2007 issue of Carcinogenesis, 1,009 women in Southeast China with breast cancer were compared to 1,009 age-matched healthy women. The researchers collected information on each woman’s diet, lifestyle and green tea consumption. They found that those who drank an average of 1/2 to 2/3 cup of green tea per day for a year had a reduction in breast cancer risk of 41 per cent. And even those who drank very small amounts of green tea (less than 1 1/2 cups per week for a year) decreased their breast cancer risk by 13 per cent.

  • Lowers Cholesterol Level

Low fat diet may be the first thing your doctor recommends to control cholesterol, green tea has been found to help keep cholesterol levels down even when the diet is high in fat. Large populations have found that, on average, the more green tea that people drink the lower their total and LDL cholesterol levels, In one human study, just 2 cups of green tea per day lowered LDL cholesterol levels by as much as 13 mg.

  • Soothes wounds

Got a cut, scrape, or bite, soak a cotton pad in little leftover green tea as it is a natural antiseptic that relieves itching and swelling. Try it on inflamed breakouts and blemishes, sunburns, even puffy eyelids.

  • Protects skin

In the lab, green tea applied directly to the skin or consumed helps blocking sun-triggered skin cancer, which is why you’re seeing green tea in more and more sunscreens and moisturisers.

  • Fights blood pressure

Having healthy blood pressure means below 120/80 – is one thing. Keeping it that way is quite another. But people who sip just half a cup daily are almost 50 per cent less likely to wind up with hypertension than non-drinkers. Credit goes to the polyphenols again (especially one known as ECGC). They help keep blood vessels from contracting and raising blood pressure.

  • Protects memory

Green tea may also keep the brain from turning fuzzy. Adults who drink at least two cups a day are half as likely to develop cognitive problems as those who drink less. Why? It appears that the tea’s big dose of antioxidants fights the free-radical damage to brain nerves seen in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

  • Keeps you young

The younger and healthier your arteries are, the younger and healthier you would be. So fight plaque build-up in your blood vessels, which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke and add years to your biological age and sap your energy too. About 10 ounces a day, which also deters your body from absorbing artery-clogging fat and cholesterol.

  • Loses weight

Green tea speeds up your body’s calorie-burning process. Green tea’s is believed to activate the fat-burning effects of brown fat,4 a special kind of body fat that burns calories at a very high rate. In animal studies, green tea has been found to help send glucose to muscle tissue where the glucose is more likely to be burned, rather than to fat tissue, where it’s more likely to be stored.

  • Reduces stress

Drinking a nice hot cup of green tea can almost always make you feel better. But did you know that certain natural components of green tea have a direct effect on the body, increasing relaxation, easing depression and otherwise improving the mood?

A growing body of evidence indicates that both green tea catechins and theanine, an amino acid found in green tea, can bring about positive changes to both body and mind.

Might, you are motivated enough….

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