Benefits of Green Tea
Updated: Jun 1
Green tea is more than just green liquid, it contains bioactive compounds that improve health. Below you can find some health benefits green tea brings to your body.
Green tea is loaded with polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins, which function as powerful antioxidants. These substances can reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, protecting cells and molecules from damage.
One of the more powerful compounds in green tea is the antioxidant Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), which has been studied to treat various diseases and may be one of the main reasons green tea has such powerful medicinal properties.
Compounds in green tea can improve brain function and make you smarter. The key active ingredient is caffeine, which is a known stimulant. Green tea doesn’t contain as much as coffee, but enough to produce a response without causing the “jittery” effects associated with too much caffeine. It also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which can work synergistically with caffeine to improve brain function.
Many people report having more stable energy and being much more productive when they drink green tea, compared to coffee.
Green tea increases fat burning and improves physical performance. If you look at the ingredients list for any fat burning supplement, chances are that green tea will be on there. This is because green tea has been shown to increase fat burning and boost the metabolic rate, in human controlled trials.
Antioxidants in green tea may lower your risk of various types of cancer. Cancer is caused by uncontrolled growth of cells. It is one of the world’s leading causes of death. Green tea is an excellent source of powerful antioxidants, so it makes perfect sense that it could reduce your risk of cancer.
It is important to keep in mind that it may be a bad idea to put milk in your tea, because it can reduce the antioxidant value.
Some controlled trials show that green tea can cause mild reductions in blood sugar levels. It may also lower the risk of developing type II diabetes in the long term.
Green tea has been shown to lower total and LDL cholesterol, as well as protect the LDL particles from oxidation. Observational studies show that green tea drinkers have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
In order to feel better, lose weight and lower your risk of chronic diseases, then you might want to consider making green tea a regular part of your life.(1)