Yesterday, I shared with you my recipe for sweet iced green tea. I also mentioned that green tea is a healthy alternative to sodas and other sugary drinks. Today, I want to share with you some of the many benefits of drinking green tea. I highly recommend drinking it regularly for your health, and replacing unhealthy drinks with it is a great idea. The health benefits of drinking green tea are overwhelming, so I have listed just a few.
Green tea may help you lose weight! While some studies show little results to this claim, others show that the antioxidants in green tea help to boost your metabolism and help you shed more pounds! Yes, you will still need to eat less and exercise more, but if green tea can give you a boost and help your efforts, I say go for it!
Green tea is known to lower cholesterol levels. Sounds unbelievable, right? But it’s true! EGCG, the antioxidant in green tea can prevent cholesterol from being absorbed from the intestines into the blood stream. I would still recommend a low cholesterol diet, but in case you slip now and then, it is great to know that your green tea is helping to protect your heart and arteries!
Green tea is anti-bacterial as well as anti-viral, making it great for a whole passel of illnesses and diseases. It can help eliminate dental problems, can fight against the common cold, and I have even heard reports of it fighting cancer. While following the advice of your doctor is always recommended, adding green tea to your diet couldn’t hurt, and may actually help you get better!
Green tea can help improve brain function! The EGCG found in green tea has been shown to change the brain and improve memory and cognitive ability. It can help you stay more focused and alert, thus increasing your productivity. While green tea has less caffeine than coffee, it may be more effective in improving mental clarity as it functions along with the other compounds found in the tea.
Green tea can help give you more energy! While improving brain function, the caffeine in green tea helps to give you energy. As I mentioned before, there is less caffeine in the tea than in coffee, but this is actually a good thing. Drinking coffee can give you jitters and may contain a little more caffeine than is healthy for you, causing your body to go into overdrive. Green tea may actually be a better option because the caffeine, along with antioxidants and other compounds not found in coffee, work together to improve brain function as well as increase energy levels without too much of a boost.
I could go on, as the benefits of green tea are many. But these few alone are enough to convince me that adding green tea to a healthy diet and active lifestyle is something I want to do. Just two cups a day can make a difference, while still others shoot for drinking five. However many cups you choose to drink, be assured that you are improving your health with every sip!