4 Reasons Why You Should be Drinking Green Tea
We have all heard that drinking green tea is great for you but why? What are the benefits? What is in tea that makes it so great to drink? Green tea is full of antioxidants, contains relaxing effects, a natural fat burner, and contains anti-aging benefits. In this article I will explain 4 reasons why adding this tasty and healthy drink to your day will make many differences from the inside out.
Green tea is full of antioxidants, but what benefit is it for our bodies? Our bodies produce free radicals when consuming food, and antioxidants counteract their damaging effects. Free radicals are either atoms, ions or molecules that are unpaired. Since the radicals are unpaired, they are very unstable and reactive. Having too many free radicals can damage a cell’s DNA and ability to function properly. This damage could lead to aging and other degenerative diseases.
Antioxidants are important to leading a healthy life because if these free radicals are left unchallenged it can lead to illnesses and chronic diseases. When we consume food, in most cases, the number of free radicals is higher than antioxidants, so it’s important to add antioxidants to your body to neutralize free radicals. By drinking green tea you can help counteract the negative effects of free radicals.
2. Relaxing effects
In tea, there is an amino acid called L-theanine which was discovered in 1949. General uses of this amino acid may help relieve stress by producing a relaxing effect and possess immunologic attributes. In a study done by the Journal of Trends in Food Science & Technology by Dr. Juneja states that this amino acid acts as a neurotransmitter that increases alpha waves in the brain, which is an indicator of relaxation. Also, this amino acid increases the waves in the brain without drowsiness to allow relaxation but not allow you to fall asleep.
Another great benefit of green tea is the caffeine content. The amount of caffeine is much less than a cup of coffee but still enough to help your body burn fat. Caffeine has been shown to aid in fat burning and improve exercise performance. Also in green tea, there is an antioxidant, EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate), which boosts metabolism. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition by Dr. Abdul G. Dullo states, “Green tea has thermogenic properties and promotes fat oxidation beyond that explained by its caffeine content per se.” Our bodies are burning calories constantly, and there have been several studies that have shown that green tea can assist in burning more. In most studies, it was shown to increase about 3-4% which can lead to 60-80 calories per day for just enjoying a nice warm glass of green tea.
As I stated above when eating food it leads to the release of free radicals, which is one major cause of aging due to the oxidation process. The free radicals that are released into our body affect our skin and the antioxidants in tea can help keep the number of free radicals down and decrease instability. The free radicals break down collagen, which is the substance that keeps our skin looking youthful and soft. There has been researching from China showing that tea drinkers have younger cells. How does this process work, and how does tea aid in this? With age and time, our DNA sequences shorten. The antioxidants in tea help aid in the protection against oxidation damage in the normal aging process. The antioxidants in tea protect us against free radicals which aid in anti-aging. It was shown in this study that on average the length of the DNA compared to tea drinkers and non-tea drinkers corresponds to “approximately a difference of 5 years of life.”
There are so many reasons why adding a cup of green tea to your daily routine is so beneficial. Green tea is full of antioxidants which aid in so many health beneficial processes to protect us against free radicals. Tea aids us in relaxation while not making us sleepy. It has fat burning qualities to help you with your health and fitness goals. Also, green tea aids in keeping us looking young and feeling amazing. This is a no-brainer, a cup of green tea will make you feel and look great.
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