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Benefits of Green Tea

There has been a rush of media coverage about the health benefits of green tea. Most green tea enthusiasts may base their opinions on green tea around their own experiences of the beverage. Green tea originates from China. The Chinese have been drinking it for thousands of years due to its miracle-working abilities. Green tea has been used by the Chinese for treating minor headaches to much larger matters such as preventing cancer. Many health studies are beginning to shine some light on the benefits and characteristics of green tea. What are the benefits of green tea that can affect your life? The following are five major benefits that may substantially change your life.


Weight Loss


The high concentration of polyphenols in green tea helps to oxidize fat and encourage thermogenesis. Thermogenesis in the body is the rate which the body burns calories. Drinking green tea results in an increase of energy which raises the metabolism, therefore, more weight is lost than normal. As a morning beverage, green tea has a small number of calories compared to most other beverages that Americans drink in the morning. The constant barrage of coffee as most peoples’ morning beverage results in a higher amount of daily calories consumed compared to green tea as a beverage in the morning. A substitution of green tea instead of reaching for a cup of coffee will make a big difference in the size of your waistline.


Prevention of Cancer


The antioxidants in green tea help eliminate free radicals that plague the body. These free radicals cause aging and cancer. The polyphenols of green tea constantly search for free radicals and they prevent the formation of unstable oxygen molecules in a process known as oxidation. This oxidation damages healthy cells of the body and has been linked to illnesses like cancer, heart disease, and even strokes. The polyphenols in green tea prevent the birth of abnormal cells, inflammation, and destroy most cancer-causing agents.


Healthy Teeth


Green tea is well known for keeping teeth clean because of one of its ingredients, fluoride. The fluoride kills the bacteria in the mouth that causes plaque. Also, fluoride helps to maintain healthy, cavity-free teeth. This helps to prevent general tooth decay inside of the mouth. That cannot be said the same about coffee which stains the teeth with an ugly yellow tinge. The oral health of teeth can be vastly improved with the consumption of green tea.


Lowers Cholesterol


Green tea may be a possible solution for all those suffering from conditions of high cholesterol. Heart attacks are one of the most common results of bad cholesterol. Drinking green tea could possibly lower this extremely high risk. Green tea lowers the bad cholesterol levels, LDL cholesterol, and prevents the occurrence of blood clots in the body. The LDL cholesterol flows through the liver and cells forming heavy deposits on the artery walls. The catechins in green tea help to decrease the amount of bad cholesterol. Also, the catechins help to maintain healthy the good cholesterol to bad cholesterol ratio improving the overall health of the body.


If weight loss, the prevention of cancer, healthy teeth, and the idea of low cholesterol do not give you the idea that green tea is a miracle worker, you must be working with some pretty powerful magic. A couple of cups of tea in addition to your normal daily beverages will greatly decrease the risk of several bad conditions. The only side effect that has been clearly recognized is the daily overdose of caffeine. This problem has been addressed through the use of green tea extract. Green tea can be taken in a pill form with all the benefits of normal green tea. Besides the great taste, green tea has so many health benefits to offer so, we hope that you begin your daily green tea regimen tomorrow!


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