4 Benefits of Green Tea

Would you like a cup of tea? It could do wonders for your health.

Every morning I either start my day with a cup of green tea or coffee. However, since I gave up coffee for lent I have been an avid drinker of green tea.  Besides making our bodies feel warm inside, tea has an antioxidant called catechins. This ingredient has been linked with anti-cancer activity, and certain teas such as green tea, are also known to have heart benefits.

4 Potential Benefits of Green Tea:

 

  1. Boost Immune System- The antioxidants in green tea come in a number of forms including polyphenols, catechins and flavenoids. Each of these compounds delivered by the tea is a highly active antioxidant. Each one aids the body's defense, the immune system, in its battle against free radicals that come from the pollution in your air, water and foods. [1]
  2. May Lower Risk of Heart Disease- Researchers have found that people who drink green tea have better blood vessel function just 30 minutes later. Specifically, green tea improves the function of endothelial cells. Endothelial cell dysfunction plays a key role in the development of clogged arteries, a process called atherosclerosis.[2]
  3. Helps Aid in Weight Loss- Green tea contains caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant, a kind of substance that gives you a feeling of energy and pushes you to be more active. More activity means you burn more calories throughout the day. Since weight loss is largely a matter of burning more calories than you eat, this can produce weight loss results. Stimulants also suppress your appetite, meaning you will eat fewer calories as well. [3]
  4. Stress Relief- The calming feeling tea deposits into the body mixed with the aroma leaves the mind and body at ease which in return can relive stress.

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