Green Tea Benefits
Green Tea is made from the unfermented leaves of the tea plant. Because it is not fermented, it has a higher concentration of antioxidants (called polyphenols). Research suggests that these antioxidants can have a beneficial effect on the body by neutralizing free radicals and reducing inflammation.
This benefits the body in many ways:
The rich antioxidant content makes this gentle tea beneficial to the brain, heart and other organs. Research has uncovered that antioxidants may be helpful in slowing the effects of aging and helping protect the body against diseases linked to free radical damage (cancers, diabetes, arthritis and others).
Green tea also shines in the area of heart health and supporting healthy weight since it contains flavonoids, antioxidants that are said to help promote healthy circulation and cholesterol levels and lower the risk of atherosclerosis.
In a study of 1,900 people who had recently had heart attacks, the death rate in patients who drank at least two cups of green tea a day was 44% less than in those who didn’t drink tea. Other studies have a shown a 40-70% reduced risk of heart attack in tea drinkers over non-drinkers.
Other studies have shown increase fat burning and lower risk of obesity in tea drinkers.
Thanks to a compound called epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, green tea may also be good for the mind and for slowing aging. This compound not only protects against UV related damage but may also help halt skin aging caused by free radicals.
This same compound makes it protective of neurons and brain cells and initial research suggests that regular green tea consumption can help protect the mind and delay deterioration from Alzheimers and Parkinsons. Other compounds in tea, L-theanine and caffeine, can help support the brain and improve alertness and focus.