I’ve never been the biggest fan of green tea… But since Paul started drinking it a few years back I read up on some of its health benefits. Now I try to drink a few cups a day, replacing my coffee fix (of course I drink lots of that too!). Here’s why I get past the initial dislike of green tea:
GREEN TEA HAS FAT BURNING QUALITIES
When looking at diet supplements a huge majority of them contain green tea. That is because it boosts your metabolism. Studies show that fat oxidation was increased by 17% when drinking green tea. However, this does depend on the individual. The caffeine within it also has been shown to improve physical performance by moving the fatty acids from the fat tissues and using them as energy.
IT CAN IMPROVE OVERALL HEALTH
- lower cholesterol
- help prevent bad breath
- decreases the chance of diabetes
- stop tooth decay
- regulate blood sugar levels
- lowers chance of cardiovascular disease
- help prevent cancer
- lower blood pressure
IT DECREASES CHANCES OF ALZHEIMER’S
There have been various studies which show that the catechin compounds in green tea can have various protective effects on neurons which potentially decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
IT IMPROVES BRAIN FUNCTION & DECREASES ANXIETY
As with coffee, green tea contains caffeine which is a stimulant, increasing concentration levels. However, unlike coffee it doesn’t increase your heart rate as much as the levels are lower but it does have the same positive effects. It also contains the amino acid L-theanine which works with caffeine to improve brain function. In addition to caffeine and theanine. Green tea contains neurotransmitters such as GABA that help decrease anxiety – something which coffee can increase.
IT HAS VERY FEW CALORIES
There’s no such thing as zero calories but green tea does have very few, enough for you to burn off by the time you take the cup to the sink. This drink has no traces of fat but if you add sugar or honey then you are obviously going to increase the sugar/calorie content.
Overall, green tea is very good for you and should be swapped for your cup of coffee or regular tea. It’s recommended that you have 8 cups a day… I don’t have THAT much but it’s definitely something to work towards. And even if you don’t like drinking it, there are always supplements! You can find more info on green tea here.