Simple scientific benefits of green tea that might surprise you

March 10, 2021

You may have heard of green tea, but probably as one of those teas. There is quite a lot more to green tea though. Green tea seems to be the preferred choice for many people around the world who live the longest, healthiest and most fulfilling lives. 

According to many sources green tea may be much more powerful in improving wellness and for longevity than you may realize.

Green tea is a popular, relatively inexpensive tea common among health and wellness enthusiasts. It is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant; the same plant from which we get regular black tea. Green tea however undergoes a different process thus retaining more of its antioxidants. 

Whether you heard about green tea but have not been bothered or you are a veteran green tea person, below are some interesting health benefits, based on some science, that might interest you.

1. Green tea can help with prevention of cardiovascular disease

Cardiovascular diseases is the number one cause of death, accounting for about 31.5% of deaths. That's about one in every 3 deaths. Good news is that regular consumption of adequate amounts of green tea has been scientifically shown to help prevent heart diseases.

2. Can help you prevent cancer

Cancer is the second highest cause of death just behind cardiovascular diseases. Happily green tea seems to have some benefit in helping to prevent this deadly disease. According to one research article, powerful antioxidants such as polyphenols present in green tea have been demonstrated to possess anti-carcinogenic properties by working through mechanisms such as free-radical scavenging. Green tea is also said to inhibit biochemical markers of tumor initiation. 

3. Supports in the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases

It turns out green tea may not just be helpful for prevention of many lifestyle diseases. One scientific article suggests green tea is useful in both the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. Four different catechins found in green tea have been shown to possess antimicrobial properties. Consumption of green tea has also been shown to distribute these compounds in your body to help you both prevent and treat infections.

4. Promotes wound healing

Many times we tend to think of wounds as external damages to our skin due to everyday activities. Many wounds may also be much invincible. Think of when you hit a hand against an object and there is no noticeable physical damage on the surface but you have some pain for a few days. Muscle tissues, blood vessels and others may get damaged underneath and may not be noticed. 

Whatever the case, green tea has been shown to promote the healing of wounds. A study showed that extracts from green tea had some significant wound healing properties.

5. Can improve brain function

Green tea contains adequate amounts of caffeine (not as high as in coffee) which can support good brain function. 

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6. Helps with neurodegenerative diseases

Studies have shown positive effects of green tea catechins on neurodegenerative diseases. One research suggests green tea catechins have the potential to prevent and treat these neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, dementia etc.

7. Green tea may help in fat burning

Dulloo et al, 1999 showed an interesting benefit of green tea. ‘Green tea has thermogenic properties and promotes fat oxidation beyond that explained by its caffeine content per se. The green tea extract may play a role in the control of body composition via sympathetic activation of thermogenesis, fat oxidation, or both.’

8. May help with longevity

Regular green tea drinking societies, especially those termed ‘the blue zones’ such as Okinawa Japan and the Barbagia region of Sardinia Italy are associated with significantly living longer than others. Green tea, along with other healthy habits seem to promote ultimate good health and longevity.

There is every reason why you may want to sip on the wonder drink. So get your drinking cups ready, get your green teas and keep going...

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