The Many Health Benefits of Green Tea
Numerous scientific studies provide us with evidence of green tea and its effect on our health.
Here is some compelling data describing the many benefits of drinking this amazing elixir.
- Contains antioxidants, which can powerfully quench damaging “free radicals,” metabolic byproducts that are chemically reactive and can damage cells. According to a study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the polyphenols found in green tea provide six times the radical-quenching potential of those found in black tea.
- Cancer prevention has been widely studied with the consumption of green tea due to its high levels of polyphenols and catechins. An excerpt from The National Library of Medicine sites:
- Supports cardiovascular and metabolic health. According to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, researchers found subjects consuming five or more cups of green tea per day were less likely to develop hypertension (high blood pressure) and diabetes, or die of cardiovascular disease or stroke.
- Helps to prevent fatty buildup in arteries, according to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. The investigation found EGCG from green tea may reduce cholesterol levels, ultimately assisting in lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Can increase energy and mental focus. Green tea contains a small amount of caffeine, which a 2008 study in Nutrition Bulletin found can improve mood, cognitive function and physical performance.
- Contains less caffeine than does coffee, and provides L-theanine, an amino acid shown to promote a state of calm awareness. The result is that green tea provides the benefit of alertness associated with caffeine without the "jittery" feeling often experienced as a side effect of coffee.
- A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found the combination of polyphenols and caffeine from an extract of green tea resulted in a “significant increase” of energy expenditure compared to placebo.
- Green tea facilitates the body's ability to burn fat through thermogenesis and fat oxidation. An 8-week study from The Journal of Research in Medical Sciences concluded that drinking four cups of green tea daily led to a significant reduction in weight and systolic blood pressure.
- May help prevent skin damage and cancer. An animal study published in Mutation Research/Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis found green tea appears to protect against skin papillomas and tumors induced by UVA and UVB light. The study also reported that sun-induced inflammatory changes were “slightly lowered” by tea consumption.
- Improves insulin sensitivity and may help protect against diabetes, as well as against rapid fluctuation in blood sugar levels that lead to fatigue, irritability, and food cravings. A study in Annals of Internal Medicine found consumption of green tea (as well as black tea and coffee), was associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Green Tea aids in Depression. Green tea has been studied extensively in the treatment of depression, Alzheimers and Parkinsons diseases. More info can be found here: