That green liquid you get after dipping a green tea bag or putting green tea leaves in hot water? You’re in for a surprise! That’s more than just a green liquid. It might just turn out to be your superhero (obviously one without a cape).
Numerous advertisements on television tell you to have a cup of that beverage you just called a ‘green liquid.’ But do they tell you why? We have the answer. Here are the top five reasons why green tea can save your health.
1. It might lower your risk of cancer
They all mention antioxidants. Yes, the major polyphenols in green tea (especially catechins) work as powerful antioxidants that have a protective effect. Researchers say that these polyphenols are responsible for the tea’s anti-cancer properties. The polyphenols protect one from the oxidative damage that contributes to the development of cancer. Green tea helps lower the risk of various forms such as cancers of the lung, breast, skin, liver, pancreas, and colon. Though studies in this respect have been inconsistent, 3 to 5 cups of green tea per day (providing 250 mg/day catechins) is seen as desirable.
2. Because you can’t beat a healthy heart
When more and more of the world is dying from cardiovascular diseases, including heart ailments and strokes, a simple remedy such as a cup of green tea can go a long way. Studies show that the tea can improve some of the central risk factors for these disorders. Green tea helps lower bad cholesterol (Low-Density Lipoprotein) levels which contribute to heart diseases, without affecting the good cholesterol (High-Density Lipoprotein) levels. The antioxidants in the tea also contribute to a healthy heart.
3. Type 2 diabetes no more a worry!
A condition involving elevated blood sugar levels and an inability to produce insulin, type 2 diabetes has now become more common. Green tea helps sensitise cells so that they are equipped to metabolise sugar better. The polyphenols in green tea also regulates glucose levels in the body; thereby, reducing the risk of diabetes. It also improves insulin sensitivity.
4. Something for the brain
Your brain deserves as much attention as your heart. Don’t worry. Green tea to your rescue! The tea can enhance our brain’s cognitive functions, particularly the working memory. Consumption of green tea is said to be associated with increased connectivity in key parts of the brain associated with memory. You’ll be in for more surprise when you get to know that the tea may also protect your brain in your old age. Green tea can also help in the treatment or prevention of serious brain ailments like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
5. If given a choice between a long life and tons of green tea bags, take a chance and go for the latter.
Considering the many benefits of green tea on health, the tea is also said to enhance life expectancy. When you’re at a lower risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases, you will obviously live longer. The bioactive compounds in the tea boost immunity and improve health. Apart from heart and brain health, green tea also enhances digestive health thanks to its powerful antioxidants. It is also known to regulate blood pressure.
Too much of biology at work, huh? When it comes to green tea, there’s something for everyone. However, sipping only green tea throughout the day and ignoring a balanced diet won’t be good for you.
Still doubtful about the power of green tea? See for yourself. Go green today!
You can learn more about green tea and other types of tea here.