Tea has become one of the most consumed fluids in the world.
Green tea has been a popular drink since ancient times.
It has been used as a medicinal beverage in China for around four millennia.
Still, further scientific researches that are being conducted on green tea are revealing more and more of its many health benefits.
Listed are some of the benefits of drinking green tea:
- It reduces the risk of cancer.
Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) is an active biological agent, which can be found in green tea, can suppress the expression of lactate dehydrogenase A (LDHA), an enzyme needed in cancer metabolism.
Cancer cells are also like normal cells.
They need nourishment and energy to be able to thrive and multiply, so by subduing their ability to break down their food, they can be prevented from growing and reproducing.
- It reduces the risk of heart diseases.
There has been a study conducted on 40,530 Japanese adults.
After which, it was found out that there is a 26% lower risk of death due to heart attack for those who drank more than 5 cups a day as compared to those who had less than one cup.
It lowers cholesterol levels, which is a primary cause for cardiovascular problems, by increasing antioxidants in the blood.
- It improves brain function.
Although not as much as coffee, green tea also contains caffeine, which blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter (Adenosine) allowing the brain to fire more neurons and produce more neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine (3,4).
Aside from caffeine it also contains L-theanine, an amino acid that increases the activity of GABA, another inhibitory neurotransmitter which has anti-anxiety effects.
- It helps burn fat.
Green tea has high amounts of polyphenols which activates certain enzymes that can dissolve excess triglycerides.
These excess triglycerides are the ones that are transformed into fat and causes obesity.
It doesn’t in itself burn fat, but instead the catechins found in it elevate norepinephrine levels, which enhances thermogenesis.
It helps your body to burn fat naturally.
Take note however, that it increases how much fat you burn, when you’re actually active.
It doesn’t perform the burning process itself.
It has been shown to inhibit the production of an enzyme called amylase, which is needed in the digestion of starches.
This then slows down the rate in which sugar is released into the bloodstream.
This way, even though the amount of insulin is low, the body is still able to catch up with the glucose level of the blood.
- It kills bacteria and improves dental health.
The catechins that are found in green tea can inhibit streptococcus mutans, harmful mouth bacteria that causes plaque, therefore lowering the risk of getting cavities and tooth decay.
http://amzn.to/1PDr12sAll the secrets of green tea haven’t been fully discovered just yet.
These are just some of the many findings that have been revealed so far, and just by looking at them; it definitely makes you want to add it to your health regimen
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