The Chinese have been touted the benefits of green tea for years. It has been used in Far Eastern medicine for centuries, and still is. Green tea is made in a different way from black tea. The tea leaves are steamed and dried to make green tea, rather than dried and crushed in the case of black tea. The claims that green tea can help prevent cancer, strokes, Alzheimer’s and even tooth decay among other things are prevalent. While there is little scientific evidence to back this up, there certainly are benefits to drinking green tea over many other beverages, including black tea.
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Low Levels Of Caffeine
Green tea contains a lot less caffeine than coffee, and slightly less than black tea. If you are sensitive to caffeine but still want its benefits of boosting brain function and lifting mood (in small amounts), green tea could be for you. Caffeine is also good at increasing fat burning, and many athletes include caffeine in their diet before a workout.
High Levels Of Antioxidants
Tea contains a type of antioxidant called catechins. Antioxidants are fabulous for the body for so many reasons. They help to prevent against inflammation in the body, the source of many chronic diseases. Antioxidants are also said to keep your cells healthy and your nervous system functioning safely. Green tea contains higher levels of catechins than black tea.
Lowers Blood Sugar Levels
Green tea slightly decreases blood sugar levels in the body, which can help to lower the risk of developing diabetes.
There is some evidence that drinking green tea can lower the levels of bad cholesterol in our bodies, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease and strokes. My other half Sean suffered a stroke in 2017 and has been reducing his cholesterol using various treatments and his diet ever since at the advice of his doctors.
The key to maximising the benefits of green tea is to pick an organic, high quality brand. I have been drinking these Clipper teas. They are infused with Mango, Lemon and Jasmine, and are perfect if you don’t like the taste of green tea on its own.
Drinking green tea is more soothing than just drinking plain water. It has ultra-low calories, and is a nice healthy wake up in the morning or low caffeine drink at bedtime.
Are you a green tea fan?
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