Tea is the most popular drink in the world after water. Different types of tea not only enchant us with their beautiful aromas and various distinct flavours but they also have amazing health benefits. Right from protection from life threatening diseases to helping us relax, tea is a gift from nature to us. This article focuses on the benefits of green tea which is extremely rich in beneficial antioxidants. If you are not a person who relishes green tea and don’t have a cup of it in your hand every evening, this list is for you. Ten reasons have been listed here that I hope will influence you to say yes to green tea.
10) Oral Health
Green tea helps prevent cavities to form in your teeth. This is done by its property of lowering the acidity of saliva and minimising dental plaque too. It also keeps a check on the harmful bacteria that are present in our mouths. It also prevents periodontal diseases and reduces gum bleeding. Moreover, bad breath is not something that will trouble you if you regularly drink green tea. In a test to prove Green Tea’s power in improving the smell of our breath, green tea had more positive results than not only chewing gums and mints but parsley seed oil also. The thing you need to keep in mind is that green tea works best when no sweetener is added to it. Adding sweeteners may not bring you the desired results.
9) Skin Care
Green tea with its magical abilities also provides you protection from skin cancer. It aids in reducing the sun damage to skin. Unlike a sunscreen lotion, green tea provides protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays not by blocking them but reducing free radicals. These free radicals are the villains when it comes to sun damage to the skin and aging as well. Free radical molecules attack the healthy cells and damage them by reducing their oxygen content and destroying the collagen levels thus causing wrinkles to appear on your skin. Spare tea in your cup or pot can be externally used for skin care too. Dab it and apply on your face as it has excellent moisturising properties.
8) Reduces Stress
Work and stress work hand in hand nowadays. There are days when you work for long periods of time and you fall victim to the dangerous beast that is overworking. Stress leads to headaches and ulcers. It usually leads to sleeplessness as well. Neurodegenerative diseases and cardiovascular diseases are caused due to the accumulation of oxidative stress. Powerful antioxidants called catechins are present in green tea and these aid the body in getting rid of this oxidative stress. It even improves focus and attention thus leading you to be even more efficient at your work. Green tea goes as far as boosting the drugs for cancer and reducing the side effects caused by them.
7) Boosts Immunity
The immune system of our body protects us from the harmful foreign bodies that enter into our system. It is very essential that our immune system is strong enough to fight these disease causing microorganisms so that we can work proficiently without being hampered by frequent sickness. Green tea is filled with antioxidants namely, catechins, polyphenols and flavenoids. All of these antioxidants are extremely active and help the immune system to get stronger. Green tea also serves the function of detoxification. It adds chlorophyll and fibre to our diet which flushes out toxins from our intestines and colon. Detoxification strengthens our immune system enabling it to perform better.
6) High Blood Pressure Prevention
Renal failures, strokes and heart diseases are major perilous consequences of high blood pressure. Angiotensin II is the main culprit. It is produced within the body and it is a powerful vascular constrictor thus increasing the blood pressure of the person. The compound Angiotensin is present in the blood. Renin, an enzyme in the kidney, converts Angiotensin into Angiotensin I. Another enzyme known as the ACE (Angiotensin Converting Enzyme) converts Angiotensin I into Angiotensin II. Green tea prevents high blood pressure because catechins present in the tea obstruct the action of ACE on Angiotensin I thus remarkably reducing the production of Angiotensin II. Thus, green tea is a useful drink for people who suffer from the problems of high blood pressure.
5) Protection from Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s disease is caused in a person when plaques, which are actually deformed bundles of protein, obstruct the normal functioning of the neurons. The neurons form neural pathways which the brain uses to send signals to different parts of the body and memorizing too. When the neurons are affected, these neural pathways are hindered thus leading to a neurological disorder. Experiments performed by researchers showed that antioxidants found in green tea, EGCGs to be precise, protect the healthy cells from these plaques. So, the longer you have been a regular drinker of green tea, the more protected you are from Alzheimer’s. It is better to add the leaves to boiling water rather than lukewarm water if you want maximum of the EGCGs to be present in your tea.
4) Prevention and Control of Rheumatoid Arthritis
The strong antioxidants that are a part of the composition of green tea have the ability to fight and deal with numerous diseases. Rheumatoid arthritis can be added to this list. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease which results in the inflammation, pain, stiffness and subsequent loss of function of the joints. Research supports the fact that green tea is beneficial for people who are at a risk of suffering from this disease or are already suffering from it. Polyphenolic compounds present in green tea are responsible for its prevention and comforting properties. Inflammation in the body is supported by a specific type of proteins called chemokines. Green tea is said to be able to reduce its production and thus diminish the extent of inflammation.
3) Helps in Weight Loss
Obesity is a problem that scares most of us in today’s world. Having a slim and fit body is more of a style concern rather than a health concern. Have you been working out and not getting the results you desire? Have you been controlling your calories and still not getting where you want to be? The simple solution I can recommend is drinking green tea regularly. Green tea boosts your metabolism thus increasing the rate at which fat is burnt in your body. The important thing to keep in mind is that green tea is not a magic potion that will give you the waist you dream of. You still need to work hard. I can assure you that if you exercise well and incorporate green tea in your daily routine, you will be moving towards your goal faster than ever before.
2) Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases
Cardiovascular diseases are caused due to the poor health of the heart or the blood vessels. Cholesterol accumulation in blood vessels reduces their diameter and thus the proper blood flow is hampered. This results in heart attacks which can be fatal. Drinking green tea lowers your risks of having a heart attack. Green tea lowers the triglyceride levels as well as the LDL cholesterol levels. It also improves the health of the cells that line our blood vessels. Atherosclerosis is a disease resulting from endothelial cell dysfunction. Regular drinkers of green tea are protected from the dangers of cardiovascular diseases.
1) Reduces Cancer Risks
The antioxidant present in tremendously high concentrations in green tea is Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). This antioxidant is a cancer fighting drug too. The way it kills cancerous cells is similar to the working of another anti cancer drug called methotrexate. EGCG restrains the enzyme dihydrofolate reluctase and this is the target of anti cancer drugs too. Research and experiments have shown that people who drink green tea have extremely reduced risks of developing oesophageal cancer. Moreover, green tea also provides increased protection from breast cancer in women and prostrate cancer in men. Tumour growth and migration are caused by two proteins known as vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and hepatocyte growth factor (HGF). Polyphenols found in green tea stall the production of these proteins thus shielding us from cancer.