Did you know that green tea and black tea originate from the same plant species? This plant species is called Camellia sinensis – it is the processing of the tea leaves from this plant that determines whether or not the tea will become green or black.
So, where does green tea come from?
Even though all green tea comes from the same plant species and its origin lays in China, there are different types of green tea grown and produced all over the world today. Some of the countries that produce green tea are: New Zealand, Bangladesh, Japan, Sri Lanka and even India.
Green tea has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for many centuries. It is still used today for many health related issues you may not even know about.
This article provides insight to 7 health benefits of green tea:

  1. Improves Brain Function

Green tea does a little more than just keep you awake: it can make you smarter too. The key active ingredient in green tea is caffeine which is known as a stimulant. Green tea doesn’t contain as much caffeine as coffee does but that does not mean that the caffeine doesn’t have an effect on your body. Of course it does. Caffeine has been widely studied for a number of years; concluding to be great for improving brain function. So, as green tea has caffeine in it; drinking between 3 and 5 cups a day, can keep your brain more alert and improve its function. Moreover, green tea contains the amino acid L – theanine which is able to cross the blood-brain barrier. This amino acid increases the production of alpha waves in the brain. Many individuals have reported that they prefer to drink green tea on a morning compared to coffee as it makes them feel more productive. So, even though it has less caffeine in it than coffee, green tea can act as a great stimulant to improve the function of the brain activity.

  1. Fat Burner

If you are looking for a way to burn fat, then green tea should be on your list of fat burning foods. Green tea has shown great results for burning fat and boosting metabolism at the same time, which is what everyone wants don’t they? The polyphenol found in green tea intensifies levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories. If you have stubborn belly fat then 4 to 5 cups of green tea a day will help you get rid of that fat you are unwillingly holding on to.

  1. Beneficial For Dental Health

Clean teeth are healthy teeth. Some studies have shown that the catechins in green tea can kill bacteria and inhibit viruses such as the influenza virus, potentially lowering the risk of any infections in the mouth. Moreover, a study in 2014 looked at how effective green tea mouth wash was in preventing tooth decay as opposed to the usual antibacterial mouthwash. The results showed that the green tea mouth was equally effective. Moreover, with clean and healthy teeth comes fresh breath which is what everyone worries about during the day. Green tea not only works well for your teeth, but your entire mouth too; giving your mouth a fresher feeling the healthy way!

  1. Can Lower The Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a common problem in the world today. No control over sugar levels can result in many other life threatening diseases such as kidney failure and the loss of eye sight. Type 2 diabetes can happen to anyone at any age and should be dealt with accordingly. There is only so much medicine can do to keep your sugar levels stable; the rest is up to you and your diet. Green tea has proved to be a great super food to lower the risk of anyone suffering from type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that green tea can improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood sugar levels. A study in 2006 was taken to gain an insight on the relationship between green tea and total caffeine intake and risk for self-reported type 2 diabetes among Japanese adults. The results showed that those who drank the most green tea had a 42% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. So, if type 2 diabetes is something you are concerned about and are at risk of, try drinking green tea to reduce those blood sugar levels which may just play in your favour and aid in you never becoming a diabetic.

  1. May Reduce The Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular diseases, such as strokes and heart disease are the biggest cause of death in the world today. Studies have shown that drinking green tea can reduce the risk of a person suffering from cardiovascular disease. Scientists believe that green tea works on the lining of the blood vessels which enables them to keep calm and withstand any changes in blood pressure. Moreover, green tea may also protect against blood clots, which are a primary cause of heart attacks. You never know when or where a heart attack could strike you; so it is best to take precaution and do all that you can for your health. Just by drinking a few cups of green tea a day may prevent you from being at risk of suffering from a cardiovascular disease.

  1. Great For Skincare

Wrinkles, eye bags and signs of ageing are all something everyone fears. Nobody wants to look older than they are; we all want a fresh and healthy looking face don’t we? Apparently, green tea can help with such dilemmas. Green tea has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory activities which can do wonders for your skin. Furthermore, if you are the type of person that enjoys staying in the sun, then green tea is beneficial for you to protect your body from sun damage.

  1. Cures Depression

You don’t always need chocolate to make you happy and get you out of that miserable mood. Green tea works just the same. It turn out, green tea can make a person happier. In a study published by Public Health Nutrition people that drank around 4 to 5 cups of green tea a day were less likely to feel depressed compared to those that didn’t drink green tea. The study indicated that the more green tea a person drank would result in feeling less depressed about things on their mind. So, one out of many ways to keep happy is by consuming green tea!
Tip: Start drinking 3 to 5 cups of green tea today and say no to bad health!


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