Everyone loves a cup of tea! One of the most consumed drinks in the world, tea comes in so many different varieties that it can sometimes be difficult to decide which one to grace your mug with.
Green tea is right up there amongst the most popular types, not only because of its deep and complex taste, but also because of the numerous benefits it offers. So what are the health benefits of green tea, and why should you give it a go?
Bursting with antioxidants
Green tea is host to a whole range of complex antioxidants, including polyphenols, phytochemicals, catechins and naturally simulating alkaloids.
Although that all sounds like a mouthful, these elements come together to help your body defend against harmful chemicals and substances that come from the atmosphere, highly processed foods and smoke.
Speeds up your metabolism
If you have a higher metabolism, it means that your body is burning energy faster which can help with weight loss. Although proper diet and exercise are the most important things to consider when losing weight, drinking green tea a few times a day can contribute to overall weight loss and also gives you more energy as a welcome by-product.
Kinder to your body than caffeine
For many of us, drinking a hot drink is associated with relaxation and recreation. Office workers thrive on having a cup of something on their desk, and tea drinking is a well-known social practice all over the world. Although black tea has its own fair share of health benefits, green tea is the healthier choice overall because it doesn’t have high levels of caffeine. Instead, it contains alkaloids which are a natural stimulant and help to perk up your energy levels.
Other potential health benefits
Although there hasn’t been conclusive research done on the full benefits of green tea, this unassuming leaf has also been linked to help against several forms of cancer, lung disease and high cholesterol. It also has anti-bacterial properties which help combat tooth decay and bad breath!
So, have we convinced you yet? The next time you reach for an Earl Grey or instant coffee, why not throw in a green teabag instead? We recommend that you don’t leave it to brew too long as the taste may become too bitter, and that you resist the urge to add sugar.
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