Benefits of Green Tea
by Beatrice MarkenzonJan 17, 2022
The health benefits of green tea have been studied extensively. Most of the health benefits of green tea are due to the high levels of polyphenols in the leaves. Most green tea is roughly 30% polyphenolic compounds by weight.
1. Green Tea Can Help You Lose Weight
Weight loss is at the top of the list of health goals for many guys, and if you’re in that group, here’s a strong case for green tea—it has been shown to increase metabolic rate and fat burning. Coupled with the caffeine, the catechins in green tea increase energy metabolism, boosting the rate that your body burns calories, even at rest. Studies have also demonstrated the ability of green tea to promote fat loss, particularly in the abdominal area, even in the absence of a significant calorie deficit.
2. Green Tea Reduces Inflammation
Green tea is rich in a compound called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which is well documented to have anti-inflammatory properties. Topical application of green tea extract has been shown to improve inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis, and green tea consumption has been found to reduce arthritis pain. Furthermore, many of the disease-fighting benefits of green tea are due to the anti-inflammatory effects of the EGCG.
Green tea is full of antioxidants, which act as free radical scavengers and reduce oxidative damage in the body. In doing so, antioxidants can prevent some of the cellular damage that can lead to certain cancers. Green tea consumption has been associated with reducing the risk of breast, bladder, stomach, ovarian, lung, colorectal, skin, prostate, and esophageal cancers.
Some studies have found an inverse correlation between green tea consumption and diabetes risk. Green tea may help regulate blood sugar levels and increase insulin sensitivity, thus improving glycemic control.
6. Green Tea Can Boost Brain Function
Green tea naturally contains caffeine, which can increase attentiveness, alertness, and cognitive performance, and decrease reaction time. These stimulant effects of caffeine occur because caffeine blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter known as adenosine. In doing so, caffeine increases firing rates between neurotransmitters as well as the concentration of dopamine and other neurotransmitters.
Given the litany of benefits associated with drinking green tea, it may come as no surprise that green tea also seems to increase overall longevity and reduce the risk of all-cause mortality. One large-scale, 11-year study found that the highest consumption level of green tea (five cups per day) was associated with the lowest risk levels for all-cause mortality and mortality due to cardiovascular disease.
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(Article excerpted from themanual.com)