Benefits of Green Tea

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It is said that the body is a temple. How are you handling yours? To treat your own body a little better and increase your health, you might want to consider the benefits of green tea.

Green tea has been used as a standard drink in Asian countries for years. It is believed that this type of tea will maintain youth and vitality. Now, it has come to the attention of the Western world and more people are discovering how it can enhance their lives as well.

Green tea is still grown and manufactured in Asia. It is cultivated, dried, pressed and processed from a variety of different trees. Some companies still do the work by hand. It is shipped around the world so others can enjoy the benefits that Asian nations have known for years.

Why you may benefit from drinking it. Keep reading.

* Antioxidant protection – Green tea contains antioxidant substances called polyphenols. This tea actually contains a higher concentration of polyphenols than other teas such as black or oolong. Polyphenols are antioxidants that can help neutralize free radical action in the body and may reduce or prevent the damage caused by free radicals.  Free radicals are molecules that damage the body and can lead to health issues such as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and joint issues.

* Weight loss – This usually gets everyone’s attention! It has been shown that green tea extract led to increased weight loss in subjects participating in studies. Drinking a cup a day can help increase your metabolism so you burn more calories even at rest.

* Dental health – Drinking green tea might be good for your body beginning with your mouth. It has been reported that substances in green tea actually neutralize the bacteria in the mouth that can lead to tooth decay and dental plaque. Drink it regularly for the benefit.

* Disease prevention – Studies are being conducted that show promising results for those with Parkinson’s disease. Drinking green tea can help prevent and slow the progression of the condition. Green tea can help prevent the breakdown of nerve cells in the brain leading to a depletion of dopamine, a neurotransmitter responsible for movement in the body

* Infection management – If it can work on the bacteria in the mouth, it can help in other areas of the body as well. Green tea has been shown to help reverse sepsis in laboratory mice. Drinking green tea can boost your immunity to fight off infections so sepsis does not become an issue.

* Heart disease/Cholesterol – Regularly drinking green tea may help you control your risk of heart disease such as atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease.  Additionally, it has been shown that properties of green tea help to reduce the levels of LDL cholesterol in the blood by blocking its oxidation. Not only that, but it also helps to improve levels of HDL cholesterol and keep the arteries pliable and clear.

This is just the tip of the iceberg with a sampling of the ‘found’ benefits of green tea.

If you are looking for ways to improve your health, try drinking your way to better health in the form of green tea. Have you tried it yet?

*http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/green-tea

Source: Green tea | University of Maryland Medical Center http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/green-tea#ixzz2n1xbv6hE

 

 

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