Does Green Tea have Health benefits?
Humans have used green tea for its benefits throughout history. Modern sciene is beginning to provide us with proof that it is a beneficial beverage. It boosts almost every system in the human body. Many believe this is only the beginning of our understanding of the benefits of green tea.
Green tea is the one singled out for its benefits, but other types of tea (white and black) have their own benefits. Green tea; however, seems to be the most complete benefit.
Modern science has begun to understand the benefits of antioxidants that are contained in many of our foods, including green tea. How do antioxidants work? Well, your cells are full of free radicals that cause damage to your cells. Antioxidants clean out these free radicals, promoting cell health.
Green tea has unique antioxidants other foods do not have, and these are thought by researchers to also be cancer fighting molecules. Although there isn’t much documentation, a few studies have shown that green tea can inhibit cancer growth.
In women, especially, green tea’s antioxidants seem to clean blood cells by making them more flexible and less vulnerable to the clogging that causes heart disease.
Green tea and weight loss
Green tea boosts metabolism, which helps burn fat. Some studies showed that the types of green tea that contain caffeine may help in weight loss even more than the non-caffeinated types.
Polyphenols are the substances in green tea that researchers think burn the fat we need to lose for weight loss.
Antioxidant and weight loss are just some of the benefits of green tea, but we think there may be others. One study discovered that green tea improves eye health, others that it might prevent Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, high blood pressure, kidney stones, low bone density, and tooth and gum decay.
Compliments of Kshamica Nimalasuriya MD, MPH
Preventive Medicine & Public Health
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