Green Tea Health Benefits:
The amazing health qualities of green tea are not by any means limited to weight loss. It is the antioxidants in green tea, catechins, that are responsible for a myriad of other health benefits.
Cardiovascular and heart health:
Men who take high levels of polyphenols like catechin have 75% less risk of a stroke. Green tea lowers the levels of “bad” cholesterol called LDL cholesterol and raises the “good” cholesterol levels called HDL. This creates a healthier balance between LDL and HDL in the blood. There is also evidence that green tea can help thin the blood and lower blood pressure.
If this was all the benefits of green tea, that would be impressive, but there is much more!
Researchers have concluded that damage to our DNA is one main cause of cancer. Our DNA strands come under attack from 1000’s of free radicals everyday. This is a normal process for us. The good news is that the body is able to repair itself. However, our DNA can fall victim to this onslaught and the DNA strands can become permanently damaged. The result of this is cancer! Broken DNA strands will produce mutated cells instead of the healthy cells it is designed to create. The good news is that the catechins found in green tea can intercept and disarm free radicals before those mutated cells can reach our DNA. This can help reduce our chances of developing cancer!
Ample research has also concluded that green tea reduces risk of prostate cancer, lung cancer, gastrointestinal tract cancer, skin cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer and bladder cancer!
Strengthens the Immune System:
Green tea catechins increase our levels of white blood cells. A strong white blood cell count is fundamental for a strong immune system. There are 2 types of white blood cells catechins intake can strengthen; B-cells and T-cells. B-cells produce antibodies to neutralize foreign agents and infectious microorganisms. T-cells tackle specific invading cells such as germs and cancers.
Supporting the Liver
When it comes to detoxification the liver is our biggest weapon. It absorbs poisons from our blood and with the aid of enzymes chemically alters these poisons into water soluble substances. The poisons can then be moved along to the feces for elimination. With the amount of pollution in our environment and in our food these days the liver comes under considerable stress! The good news is catechins can help! The catechins can actually protect the liver from some of these toxins by aiding the enzymes needed for detoxifing. In this process the liver is spared somewhat.
***Drink Whole Leaf Green Tea***
For the maximum health benefits of green tea it is best to drink tea made with the whole leaves. Whole leaves retain more of the polyphenol antioxidants, and often more than twice as much! We drink whole leaf green tea either by buying the loose tea that we have to brew with a teapot or with the more convenient tea bags that contain the whole leaves. However, stay clear of the tea bags that contain ‘tea shavings’.
The Research Continues:
Only some of the health benefits of green tea was covered here in some detail. Other benefits include, aiding diabetes, lowering stress hormone levels, aiding digestion and even aiding dental health.Also, there is ongoing research into the benefits of drinking green tea and I am sure we are going to see more and more of the many benefits it has to offer.