I'm not really a tea drinker, but it's pretty common knowledge that green tea boosts metabolism, so in my constant quest to lose weight, I drink it here and there. There are so many more benefits of drinking green tea that I never knew, though. I did a little research the other day and you're not going to believe some of the things I found out! Check out this list!
According to what I read, drinking green tea:
- regulates blood sugar and helps prevent diabetes
- boosts metabolism
- makes your body absorb less dietary fat (the primary reason I drink it)
- reduces food cravings
- gives you 25% more energy
- reduces wrinkles and prevents new ones from forming
- lowers cholesterol
- fights free radicals
- fights cancer by restricting blood flow to cancerous cells
- prevents dental plaque
- prevents tooth decay
- is antiviral
- is antibacterial
- helps maintain hormonal balances
- fights depression
- applied topically, can reduce sun damage
- reduces the risk of esophageal cancer
- prolongs your life
- stimulates brain waves
- regenerates brain cells
- prevents blood clots
- preserves bone density
- reduces bad breath
- helps reduce cellular damages from cigarette smoke
- aids in reducing liver damage due to alcohol
As I was researching, I was laying on the couch, suffering from the winter blues, with a toothache that feels like someone is pounding nails into the side of my face. I could really use some more anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti depressants right now.
And then a light bulb went off in my head, (picture it just like Gru on Despicable Me.) I thought about the women I know, and the ones who are thinner, healthier, and look younger are all tea drinkers. There might be something to that.
So step away from the coffee and fill that teapot with some hot water. From what I've read, even one cup of green tea a day can make a positive difference in your health! Let's make it a new habit. Who's with me?
PS - If you're like me and don't really like green tea, you can always get the green tea extract supplements.
Legal Disclaimer: I'm not a medical professional by any means, and this list is not to be considered medical advice. What I listed is the result of my own limited research, and I don't have the original studies, nor do I claim that it is valid in any way. Obviously, before you make any decisions regarding your health, you need to talk to your doctor. However, if drinking green tea truly does even one thing on this list, shouldn't we be drinking much more of it?