Green tea is not just tasty, warm and energizing. It also happens to extremely good for you. In the last few decades, scientists have studied the effects of green tea on various health problems and their results have been nothing short of amazing.
Their findings have been so impressive that green tea is now considered among the healthiest beverages on the planet.
Why is Green Tea Good For You? 7 Proven Reasons
Drinking green tea has been associated with a lower risk of many diseases, some of which are common in the western society.
1. May Reduce Risk of Diabetes
A study in Japanese adults revealed that drinking several cups of green tea per day lowered the risk of diabetes by a whopping 33%.
2. May Make You Smarter, at Least in The Short Term
Green tea has a lot less caffeine than coffee, making it appropriate for those individuals who are sensitive to caffeine.
But tea also has a different combination of stimulants compared to coffee. While coffee has a lot more caffeine, tea also has a unique type of amino acid called L-Theanine which can help with relaxation and focus.
This is the reason green tea provides a more relaxed and focused “buzz” than coffee.
3. May Improve Cholesterol
Green tea has also been associated with improvements in risk factors for heart disease, leading to reductions in triglycerides and LDL (the bad) cholesterol, and increases in HDL (the good) cholesterol.
4. May Lower Your Risk of Cancer
There are many types of cancer that are common in western countries. Consumption of green tea appears to decrease the incidence of several types, including breast, prostate, ovarian and endometrial cancer.
5. May Help Prevent Parkinson’s Disease
Caffeine from all sources, including coffee and tea, may help prevent Parkinson’s disease, the second most common neurodegenerative disease in humans.
In this case, coffee actually shows a stronger effect than tea.
6. Green Tea Increases Fat Burning
In two separate studies, green tea has been found to increase metabolism. In the first study, subjects who drank green tea had a 17% increase in fat burning in cells. In the other one, tea drinkers had a 4% increase in total energy expenditure.
A 4% increase would mean that instead of burning, for example, 2,000 calories per day, you would burn 2,080 per day. Not very much, but over the course of months or years that will amount to a whole lot of body fat.
7. Green Tea Can Help You Lose Weight
Given that green tea can enhance the metabolic rate and increase fat burning, it can also help you lose weight. Perhaps this is the reason almost every popular fat burning supplement on the market has green tea in it.
Take Home Message
At the end of the day, green tea is a warm and satisfying beverage. The reason it is so good for health is that it is rich in unique antioxidants and some essential nutrients.
If you’re sensitive to caffeine and don’t tolerate coffee very well, then green tea will probably be your best choice.
Even better would be to drink coffee in the morning, then after lunch switch to green tea. That way, most of the caffeine from the coffee will have left your system before you go to bed, ensuring a restful night’s sleep.
This post was written by Kristjan Gunnarsson.