Most of you have probably heard that green tea is good for you, but what does it really do? How is it good for your health? Lets take a quick look at some of the health benefits of green tea.
Health Benefits of Green Tea
One of the most important health benefits of green tea is catechins, which are antioxidants that help prevent and fight cell damage. Catechins are more powerful than vitamins C and E in halting oxidative damage to cells, and they also appear to have other disease-fighting properties. Green tea is rich in catechins because it’s not processed much before it’s poured in your cup.
Green tea has been shown to improve blood flow and lower cholesterol. A 2013 review of many studies found green tea helped prevent a range of heart-related issues, from high blood pressure to congestive heart failure.
Another important health benefit of green tea is that it can lower the total cholesterol and raises HDL (“good”) cholesterol. One population-based clinical study found that men who drink green tea regularly are more likely to have lower total cholesterol than those who do not drink green tea.
Although not proven, some clinical studies suggest that green tea extract may help burn fat by boosting the metabolism. One study found that the combination of green tea and caffeine improved weight loss and maintenance in people who were overweight and moderately obese. While some argue against this, simply by substituting soda with green tea you are instantly reducing the amount of calories and sugar you intake. That on its own, is merit for this particular health benefit of green tea.
Other health Benefits of Green Tea
Studies have also found an association between consuming green tea and a reduced risk for several different cancers, including, skin, breast, lung, colon, esophageal, and bladder.
How to take it
University of Maryland Medical Center recommend that an adult drink 2 to 3 cups of green tea per day depending on the brand (for a total of 240 to 320 mg polyphenols) or 100 to 750 mg per day of standardized green tea extract. Caffeine-free products are available and recommended.
Many bloggers have recently been raving about matcha powder and its health benefits. To make it simple, matcha is basically a powdered form of whole green tea leaves. Tea leaves used to create matcha are subject to special growing methods in order to increase nutrient levels. Once harvested, the green tea leaves are laid out to dry and then finely stone-ground into matcha powder. One of the advantages of matcha is that it’s more effective for ingesting all the content in the leaves because people consume its entirety as dissolved in water, latte, smoothie or various other creations.