11 little known health benefits of green tea. Life just got healthier

July 19th, 2017

Green tea is a popular health drink nowadays, and for good reason! Green tea is processed differently than black tea – the process that results in green tea does not include fermentation, which strips black tea of a significant amount of its nutrients. Without fermentation, green tea retains as many nutrients as possible – and gives them to you when you drink it! Here are 11 awesome health benefits of drinking green tea.

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1. Promotes Oral Hygiene

Green tea contains the antioxidant catechin, which helps promote good oral hygiene. Catechin can destroy bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections, dental caries, and more. We all know we don’t floss as much as we should, but we can at least drink green tea!

2. Reduces Bad Cholesterol

Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood stream. This results in a healthier ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol and helps to prevent cardiovascular diseases.

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3. Helps Prevent Diabetes

Green tea helps to regulate glucose levels in the bloodstream. After you eat, your blood sugar rises. Drinking green tea can slow this rise in blood sugar, which prevents high insulin spikes that result in fat storage.

4. Helps Fight Cancer

Green tea’s primary compound, epigallocatechin-3-gallate helps fight cancer cells without harming healthy cells. This compound attacks the mitochondria of the cancer cell, leading to early cell death.

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5. Fights Depression

Tea leaves contain an amino acid called theanine. Theanine results in a relaxing and tranquilizing effect in the drinker. Next time you’re feeling down, pour yourself a cup of green tea!

6. Prevents Heart Disease

Green tea’s effect on the lining of the blood vessels keeps them relaxed and helps them to endure changes in blood pressure. Coupled with green tea’s ability to prevent blood clots, this delicious drink lowers the risk of heart disease.

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7. Lowers Blood Sugar

Green tea reduces the risk of high blood sugar. As the tea is digested, it relaxes blood vessels and prevents blood clots, which leads to a much healthier blood pressure.

8. Promotes Weight Loss

Drinking green tea increases your metabolism. The drink contains a polyphenol that intensifies levels of fat oxidation and quickly converts food into calories. If you need a boost in your weight loss program, try adding green tea to your daily diet.

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9. Delays Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Green tea can delay the deterioration caused by these diseases. The tea protects the brain cells from dying and even restores damaged brain cells.

10. Fights Viruses and Bacteria

Catechin, the antioxidant found in green tea, is a strong antiviral and antibacterial agent. It helps to treat many illnesses, from influenza to cancer. Green tea may even inhibit the spread of diseases.

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11. Promotes Healthy Skin

Green tea is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, so it can help diminish wrinkles and other signs of aging. It can even reduce sun damage! Try green tea as an answer to your beauty needs.

Green tea has so many health benefits, from a healthier heart to glowing skin. If you’re looking for something to add to your health routine, or you just want to try something new, have a cup of green tea! You’ll look and feel great in no time.

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