Green tea is one of the healthiest beverages out there, along with water, We’re always hearing people say, “drink green tea!”. Green tea has been used for medical purposes for thousands of years, which originated in China and widely throughout Asia. Green tea has numerous health benefits that we might not know of. It’s what we have at home while snuggled up reading a book, having it for breakfast with biscuits. We know it’s good for us, but do we really know why? If you don’t drink it but are considering, here are some reasons which will hopefully make you start drinking it.
- Improves your mood and helps you relax. Drinking green tea relaxes and slows down your heart rate. When I drink it, it calms me down. There is just something about the smell and sipping on tea that gives that kind of feeling.
- Oral hygiene. Green tea helps fight bad breath and prevents tooth decay. The chemical antioxidant “catechin” in tea can destroy bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections, dental caries, and other dental conditions. Save yourself from people avoiding talking to you, or those visits to the dentist which may cost you a lot of money when your tooth aches from decay.
- Weight loss. This is the most popular reason why people drink it, especially if they are trying to lose weight. Green tea is believed to speed up your metabolism, which helps to increase weight loss. Green tea contains a special combination of antioxidants and caffeine that encourages fat burning and helps improve your physical performance.
- For your heart. Drinking green tea can lower the risk of having a heart attack. Green tea works on the lining of the blood vessels and helps them stay relaxed and able to defy the changes in blood pressure.
- Cholesterol. High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart diseases and stroke and can lead to a build-up of plaque in the artery walls and narrow the arteries. Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
- Blood pressure. Regular consumption of green tea is thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
- Be alert. Most people take green tea people to keep them awake and alert, it does a lot more than that – it can make you smarter. It contains an active ingredient, called caffeine. The amount of caffeine found in green tea is not as much the quantity found in coffee but has more than enough caffeine to give the same effect as those found in coffee. If you are sensitive to caffeine, then you should limit your intake to only one cup a day.
It is the perfect alternative to sugary drinks, and just swap one can of soft drink (which you drink all the time) or even those bubble milk tea drinks, with one cup of green tea. It has zero calories too! Do remember, though, just like everything else, it is best enjoyed in moderation, not excessively.