First of all apologies for the lack of articles over the last month. As you can imagine January is a very busy time in the health and fitness industry and I have been flat out (loving every minute of it too).
Today I want to share with you the benefits a simple product like green tea can have. By consuming a cup of this simple but effective after every meal you open yourself up to a wide range of benefits.
* Green Tea contains various bioactive products that can improve your health. These include minerals and anti-oxidants that help prevent the formation of free radicals in the cells. These free radicals play a role in aging and numerous diseases.
* Studies have shown that green tea increases your metabolic rate and therefore helps to burn fat. If you look at the contents of any fat-burning product green tea extract will be a staple ingredient.
* Green tea has powerful antioxidants that may protect against cancer. Multiple studies show that green tea drinkers have a lower risk of various types of cancer.
* Green Tea can help improve your brain function in both the short and long term. Green tea contains less caffeine than coffee, but enough to produce an effect. It also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which can work synergistically with caffeine to improve brain function. In the long term green tea can have various protective effects on neurons and may reduce the risk of both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, the two most common neurodegenerative disorders.
* ‘Catechins’ found in green tea may inhibit the growth of bacteria and viruses. This will lead to a reduction in infections in the mouth, bad breath and will help improve dental hygiene.
* Green tea may reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Green tea has been shown to lower total and LDL cholesterol (the bad kind), as well as protect the LDL particles from oxidation. Observational studies show that green tea drinkers have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
* Studies show that green tea can improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood sugar levels thus reducing the risk of Type II diabetes.
I could go on as there are many more benefits and very little risks (if any) associated with drinking green tea. I personally try to have a cup of green tea with a slice of lemon in it after every meal. I also consume 2 litres of water mixed with 2 green tea bags and a full sliced lemon every day.
Bottom line if you want to improve your health, reduce your risk of degenerative diseases and help burn those extra few calories introduce green tea into your diet.