Lately I have been craving an iced coffee in the afternoon. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s hot, if I need a caffeine jolt or if it just so happens I have a free coffee every day in June from Panera Bread. In any case, I am loving my afternoon treat. I have recently switched from an iced coffee to an iced tea, which I am totally digging. Cold, refreshing and good for me.
Here are some benefits of Green Tea:
- Increases metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories
- Helps prevent diabetes by slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can prevent high insulin spikes resulting in fat storage, especially around the stomach.
- Helps prevent Heart Disease by helping blood vessels remain relaxed and better able to handle changes in blood pressure and may also prevent clots
- Reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, but also it is thought to kill cancer cells in general without damaging the healthy tissue around them.
- Reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
- May help delay brain cell deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Studies carried out on mice showed that green tea protected brain cells from dying and restored damaged brain cells.
- “Catechins”, a type of antioxidant in tea can destroy bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections, dental caries and other dental conditions
- Regular consumption of green tea is thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
- Theanine is an amino acid naturally found in tea leaves. This is thought to provide a relaxing and tranquilizing effect, aiding in those with depression.
- Tea catechins are strong antibacterial and antiviral agents which make them effective for treating everything from influenza to cancer. In some studies green tea has been shown to inhibit the spread of many diseases.
- Help with wrinkles and the signs of aging, because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Applied topically can reduce sun damage
The jury is out on how much one should drink. Typical consumption in tea drinking cultures is 3 cups per day. Remember tea is caffeinated, so be careful how much you consume if you are sensitive to caffeine’s effects. Drink tea freshly brewed after steeping for 3-5 minutes. Decaffeinated, instant and bottled teas have reduced benefits.
I knew tea was good for me, but I honestly wasn’t aware of all these benefits. I will absolutely be drinking more green tea.
Have a beautiful, refreshing day!