20 proven health benefits of consuming green tea
By R. Seal
Green tea is one of the most valued beverages which is consumed all over the world. It is one of the healthy beverages which is well known for its soothing aroma and presence of antioxidants. Over the past few decades, the use of green tea has become popular, and it has become the first preferred beverage for tea drinkers especially for its healthier substitutes compared to other beverages.
Green tea is made up from the leaves of Camellia sinensis, which goes through minimal oxidation during processing. It has been subjected to a variety of health benefits , in context of its various advantages due to the presence of high level of anti-oxidants. Epigallactocatechin gallate (EGCG) is a popular antioxidant present in green tea which helps in fighting cancer and also in treating many more diseases.
The health benefits of green tea are primarily based on its antioxidant properties which comes from its various other contents like caffeine, catechin polyphenols and theonine.
So here are 20 health benefits of consuming green tea :
Helps in losing weight: Maintaining a balanced body weight is the toughest task these days for people, due to consumption of junk foods, ailments, diseases like thyroid, diabetes, obesity and many more. Thus, to help you maintain a balanced body weight and to lose extra weight you are advised to have a cup of green tea regularly. Green tea contains natural antioxidants, polyphenols and catechins which helps in burning extra calories and fats and thus helps in regulating your body weight.
Lowers blood sugar level: Consumption of green tea stables the blood sugar in people suffering from diabetes. Green tea helps in improving insulin sensitivity and reduces blood sugar levels.
Manages blood pressure: Green tea consumption on a regular basis also reduces the risk of high blood pressure. It keeps the blood pressure down by repressing angiotensin, which causes high blood pressure.
Reduces cholesterol levels: High cholesterol levels increases the risk of a number of ailments and mainly cardiovascular diseases and strokes. Consumption of green tea is very effective in reducing the level of cholesterol in blood. It helps raise the level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) which is the good cholesterol and lowers the level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL),the bad cholesterol.
Contains anti-cavity properties: Green tea consumption can also the promote dental health and lowers the risk of cavities. The natural fluoride, polyphenols and catechins present in green tea is very effective in killing bacteria and gives you fresh breath and helps you get rid of cavities and tooth decay.
Prevents hair loss: EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) present in green tea promotes hair growth by stimulating hair cells. Green tea reduces the growth of DHT (Dihydrotestosterone), which is the key cause of hair fall and puts hinder in hair growth.
Genital warts: Application of green tea extract ointments has proved to be a very effective remedy for genital and perianal warts.
Reduces cancer risk: There is a low risk of cancer in those people who consume green tea on a regular basis. The Catechins present in green tea reduces the risk of cancer when consumed regularly. The antioxidants present in green tea also helps in protecting us from cancer.
Keeps your bones healthy and strong: The high fluoride contents in green tea helps in keeping your bones strong and healthy. Regular consumption of alcohol also helps in reducing the risk of osteoporosis and lessens the risk of fractures.
Keeps your skin healthy and prevents from ageing: Consumption of green tea is very effective for a healthy skin. The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties of green tea is very beneficial for your skin and also helps with wrinkles and signs of aging. Benefits of green tea for your skin can be availed by drinking or by applying externally.
Prevents you from allergies: EGCG found in green tea helps in keeping allergies at bay from your body. It blocks the key cell receptors which produces histamine and immunoglobulin E (IgE) the two key compounds which are involved in producing allergic response and thus stops our body from reacting to allergens.
Reduces stress : Green tea is a great way to fight off depression and stress. Along with the antioxidants, it also contains theanine, an amino acid compound which helps in relieving stress, anxiety and depression.
Boosts your immunity and energy level: Green tea is rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants along with polyphenols and falvonoids, which helps in boosting our energy level and enhancing the immunity system helping our body fight against cold, flu or any other infections.
Prevents arthritis: Green tea has its anti-inflammatory properties and can help prevent and reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis.
Makes a good natural sunscreen: Green tea also acts as a great natural sunscreen and protects your skin from the harmful Ultraviolet rays of the sun. It prevents the free radicals from settling between the skin cells. Free radicals weakens the protection system of the skin and forms wrinkles. For preparing a natural sunscreen from green tea , you can boil two cups of water with green tea leaves and let it cool down to room temperature and then apply on your face and other exposed parts of the body.
Prevents and treats neurological diseases: Polyphenols present in green tea can also helps in maintaining the parts of brain which regulates learning and memory. Regular consumption of green tea can also prevent against cell damage in the brain and also helps in the prevention of neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Cures stomach ailments: Green tea is also known for its anti-bacterial properties, and thus its bacteria-destroying capacity helps in preventing common stomach ailments like food poisoning and many more. At the same time it is advised not to consume too much of green tea as it might increase the secretion of acids in the stomach resulting in acid reflux and ulcers.
Stronger, shinier and healthier nails: Green tea is also quite helpful in making your nails strong and healthy. Soaking your nails in green tea once in a week to get rid of yellowness of nails and to make them strong and shine. Green tea essential oil can also be used to get rid of brittle nails and to get rid of cuticles.
Helps with asthma: Green tea contains theophylline which relaxes the muscles and gives support to the bronchial tubes, and thus helps in reducing the severity of asthma. Therefore, for people suffering with asthma green tea is quite useful.
Healthy liver: Green tea and its antioxidants reduces the risk of a fatty liver. The anti-oxidants present in green tea helps in getting rid of harmful free radicals and thus helps in keeping your liver healthy.
Within a short period of time, green tea and its undeniable health benefits have attracted and gathered millions of global followers. Due to its countless health benefits, green tea extracts are also used in various other health foods, dietary supplements, beverages as well as cosmetics.
So, if you are a tea lover, it is advisable for you to switch to green tea for innumerous health benefits.
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