For quite some time now I’m sure you’ve heard of the wonderful effects that green tea has on your body. It’s a soothing treat that can be served either hot or cold, but have you sat down and tasted some? There are people that I know who are hooked and there are people that stay far away from it. But why not appreciate some of the great healthy benefits that is has to offer?
Let’s look at some of them:
- Properties that Help with Anti-Aging
Green tea is known for its great effects regarding anti-aging and even anti-inflammation. The compound plays a significant role in preventing wrinkles, fine lines and even damage from the sun. With regard to the anti-inflammation components, it helps with preventing damage that may have been caused by lipid formation. Keep in mind however that drinking green tea religiously will not make you look 20 years younger automatically. It is simply a preventative treat that is great for your health.
Green tea is an excellent source of antioxidants which is great for skin and heart health. In green tea, you will find powerful antioxidants by the name of polyphenols which are stronger than vitamin C! If you’re unsure about what an antioxidant is- keep in mind that it is a substance that helps to get rid of waste which causes damage to your body. That waste is known as a free radical.
Also, the antioxidants in green tea protect your cells against foreign bodies that may enter your system. As long as you maintain a healthy diet, the nutrients found in green tea can benefit you greatly and it can prevent from damage in the future.
- Healthy Weight Loss
If your goal is to lose weight and you are striving to eat a healthy diet, adding green tea can make a huge difference. This substance is known to help speed up your metabolism and burn that stubborn fat in the process. It has been found that the substances known as catechins which are found in green tea have that effect which helps you to burn fat the most. Do use green tea as a meal supplement though. You will be missing out on quality nutrients that wholesome meals have to offer.
- Helps to Improve Your Lifestyle
When you drink green tea on a daily basis, it can really lower your susceptibility to conditions of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and even mental health. There was a Japanese study that was done which showed individuals over the age of 65 thst had improved function simply by drinking green tea about 3-5 times a day.
Overall, the benefits of this wonderful tea are endless. When you are drinking green tea, be careful with that sugar intake. Use organic honey if you can. Even if you can’t consume it on a daily basis, opt for a cup a week and you’ll be on your way to a healthier lifestyle!
Anita Haridat, Ph.D