Thinking about changing that morning and evening coffee ritual to something healthier, like green tea? What started in China as medicine has now become one of the world’s most consumed beverage. For centuries, Asians believed that green tea contained powerful natural properties that helped protect people from disease – and they were 100% right. Hundreds of studies over the years have confirmed some of its powerful benefits, suggesting that green tea protects and promotes health and wellbeing. As one of the healthiest beverages on the planet, here’s why everyone should indulge in a spot of green tea daily.
It slows down the ageing process
According to a study by Dr Hsu, green tea is a powerful ‘superfood’ packed with an abundance of free-radical-fighting antioxidants. While they have proven it fights inflammation, it’s rejuvenating effects soothe chronic skin conditions such as rosacea and psoriasis. With a ridiculous amount of antioxidants and it’s super high nutrient value, green tea has been proven many times to protect the skin from wrinkles, fine lines and sagging eyes. Whether you drink it or apply it directly to the skin, green tea makes the skin appear brighter and younger.
It reduces anxiety and relieves stress
Today, everyone is stressed out—but green tea can help. Even though green tea contains caffeine, studies have revealed that green tea contains high quantities of theanine, which is an antioxidant that reduces stress and enhances sleep which keeps anxiety away. Traces of thiamine are so high that its restful effects balance out the caffeine, which is why one never feels the caffeine in green tea.
It will help you lose weight faster
Just when you thought this incredible tea couldn’t get any better, you learn that it can help you drop a dress size or two. Yes, you heard right, studies show that the flavonoids in green tea boost the metabolism and increase fat oxidation, enabling one to work out for much longer. In fact, green tea carries high amounts of catechin, also known as EGCG, which can aid digestion, reduce cravings, and even burn fat. Research shows that both women or men who drink green tea every day for at least three months can easily lose an average of 1.5kg, without having to change their diets.
“Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage.” – Okakura Kakuz
It reduces the risk of degenerative diseases
Green tea carries an enormous amount of antioxidants and catechins (otherwise called polyphenols), which strengthen and boost the body’s cells and the immune system, minimising degenerative diseases. Over the years, there have been many Johns Hopkins studies that prove green tea can shield and prevent everything from cholesterol, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease to weight loss. And if that’s not enough, green tea also helps to preserve and build stronger bones.
Unlike coffee, green tea will gift you a brighter smile
Okay, so we all know what happens when you don’t look after your teeth or when you drink 10 cups of coffee a day: you end up with a broken smile! But did you know that green tea can also do wonders for your teeth? Studies prove that catechin also helps to destroy bacteria in the mouth. But there’s even more magic to this delightful antioxidant: it also cures bad breath!
Green tea is a magical superfood beneficial for today’s fast-paced lifestyles. A Chinese tea medicinal tea backed up by so much research – why would anyone not want to drink green tea?