Whether hot, iced, or canned, green tea is chockfull of health benefits. Instead of gulping down a hot cup-of-joe to get your energy when you get to work in the morning, why not consider swapping it for some green tea?
Green tea has been used as a medicine for thousands of years in China and has a multitude of uses from lowering blood pressure to preventing cancer.
The reason that green tea has more health benefits attached to it than black tea is due to its processing. Black tea is processed in a way that allows for fermentation whereas green tea’s processing avoids the fermentation process. As a result, green tea retains a maximum number of antioxidants that give green tea its many benefits.
Here are 8 scientifically supported reasons to add green tea to your morning routine:
Green tea increases the 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.
Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can prevent high insulin spikes and resulting fat storage.
Scientists think, green tea works on the lining of blood vessels, helping keep them stay relaxed and better able to withstand changes in blood pressure. It may also protect against the formation of clots, which are the primary cause of heart attacks.
Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
It is said to delay the 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.
Studies suggests that the chemical antioxidant “catechin” 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. It is this substance that is thought to provide a relaxing and tranquilizing effect and be a great benefit to tea drinkers.
How much do you need?
These are some of the many benefits but the reality is one cup of tea a day will not give you all the abundant gains. The jury is out on how many cups are necessary; some say as little as two cups a day while others five cups — and more still say you can drink up to ten cups a day. If you are thinking of going down this route, you may want to consider taking a green tea supplement instead. Most of McNab’s SuperCharge Energy products include green tea as a natural alternative to caffeine. Using green tea in our products allows us to make products for those sensitive to caffeine.
While there is caffeine in green tea, it is not advisable to consume if you are pregnant or trying to conceive. You can try mixing green tea with other healthy ingredients such as ginger.
For the rest of us with all these abundant benefits, it’s a wonder we drink anything else!