The Benefits of Green Tea

The Benefits of Green Tea

I’ve been a lover of Green Tea for many years now. For some reason, I had strayed away from this delicious beverage for a while but now I’m back on track. Hand on heart, I have missed this drink and the serious health benefits supping it brings. I have noticed a change in my body and overall health since I restarted my tea regime. I initially started supping Green Tea as part of my weight loss programme, but I soon discovered this herbal tea has many other advantages for the body.

If you’ve never tried Green Tea before, I recommend you give it a try. Not only are there many health benefits to be gained, but it’s also a really nice hot drink. I must admit, it did take a few cups to get used to the taste, especially because I had little previous experience with herbal teas. Now I much prefer Green Tea to traditional black teas.

Weight Loss

Some studies have demonstrated that Green Tea boosts the metabolic rate and increases fat oxidation, which in turn helps you to lose weight, especially around the abdominal area. The herbal tea was also shown to increase the burning of fat during exercise.

Brain Power

Green Tea is a perfect alternative ‘pick me up’ to sugary drinks or snacks. It also boosts brain power and cognitive memory functions. Studies have also suggested that the tea may lower one’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in old age.

Good for your Heart

Studies have shown that the delightful herbal tea helps to reduce bad cholesterol, which is a major contributory factor to heart attacks and heart disease. The drink can also reduce the amount of calcium built up in the arteries. In fact, Green Tea drinkers are said to have up to a 31% less chance of developing heart disease.

May Decrease the Risk of Some Types of Cancer

Such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer and colorectal cancer. The tea contains polyphenols which scientists believe can help to eradicate cancerous cells and prevent them from growing.

Lower Risk of Infections

Catechins found in Green Tea can kill bacteria which cause viruses such as influenza. Properties in the tea can also destroy bacteria which causes throat infections. The herbal tea is also great for treating minor illnesses such as the common cold and coughs. It’s soothing properties and health benefits make it an ideal feel-good beverage for those under the weather.

May Decrease Risk of Developing Type II Diabetes

Research has shown that beverage can reduce blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity.

Improved Dental Health

Green Tea improves bad breathe. It also has other benefits for dental health – catechins found in the tea prevent plaque formation which contributes to tooth decay.

Treating Acne

Green Tea contains antioxidants, a powerful acne fighting ingredient. After drinking the tea, mix the contents of the teabag with honey and apply it to the acne affected areas of the face or body. Rinse after 20 minutes. The mixture will reduce inflammation caused by acne.

Improve Mood

The caffeine found in Green Tea improves mood and can be used as part of an anti-depressant programme. L-theanine found in the drink increases dopamine and the production of alpha waves in the brain which relaxes the body and relieves stress.

Treating Arthritis

The tea contains anti-inflammatory properties which can relieve some of the symptoms of arthritis.

Youthful Skin

Again, the anti-inflammatory properties in the herbal tea can be beneficial, this time for the skin. They can prevent damage to the skin from environmental factors and reduce wrinkles and fine lines. The tea can also reduce puffiness around the eyes and dark circles by placing Green Tea bags on the eyes.

Energy Boost

Some studies have shown that Green Tea provides an energy boost for drinkers. It also increases endurance during physical activity resulting in more weight loss and a healthier body.

Lower Blood Pressure

Green Tea can be supped to increase blood pressure (which is in turn good for the heart, as well as overall health).

Around 3-4 cups of Green Tea should be consumed to reap the full benefits listed above. I can personally vouch for a number of the above statements. I have used my favourite herbal tea to: treat acne, lose weight, boost energy, lower my blood pressure and to improve my mood during depression. This delicious tea quickly became part of my daily routine, drinking a cup in the morning, one after lunch and 2 or 3 cups in the evening. I have also discovered that I sleep better if I drink a cup before bedtime.

Green Tea is relatively inexpensive and available from a range of stores. I buy my Green Tea bags from Holland and Barrett. They contain 100% Green Tea and no artificial ingredients. Furthermore, they’re Fairtrade and only £2.99 for 80 bags. Holland and Barrett – £2.99

Various flavours have been added to Green Tea so you’re sure to find a flavour to suit your own pallet. Twinnings have an extensive selection (I can personally recommend their Green Tea and Lemon).

Have you felt the benefits of Green Tea? Let me know in the comments below.

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19 Comments

  1. November 8, 2018 / 9:22 pm

    Oh I love green tea! And if you are weary of the bitterness, don’t be shy to try some delicious infusions. At the moment I am drinking a loose leaf green tea with Rasberry & Rhubarb.. Thanks so much for sharing, green tea is so important to our health, as you outlined, we should not overlook it!

    • November 8, 2018 / 11:18 pm

      Thank you Donna, I’m going to try a lot more of the infusions next week 🙂

  2. November 8, 2018 / 10:31 pm

    I’ve tried green tea but could never get past the taste haha, although I never knew of the benefits till this post 🤔 usually stick to either ordinary or herbal teas so will have to give it another round! x

    • November 8, 2018 / 11:17 pm

      Yes I struggled with the taste at first. Nettle tea isn’t as bitter 🙂

      • November 9, 2018 / 8:03 am

        Thanks for the suggestion 😊

  3. November 9, 2018 / 1:50 am

    I didn’t realize that green tea had so many benefit! I drink spearmint tea because I have heard that it supposed to help with hair! I have always enjoyed tea though!

    • November 13, 2018 / 8:47 pm

      I will have to try spearmint tea Lisa, it’s amazing what benefits a tasty drink can bring 🙂

  4. November 9, 2018 / 11:42 am

    I love green tea as well! I knew it had a lot of health benefits but I didn’t know it could decrease your chance of cancer. Very informative post!

    • November 13, 2018 / 8:46 pm

      The benefits are really surprising – Thank you for reading 🙂

  5. Bluforever
    November 9, 2018 / 3:09 pm

    Did not know of the benefits it brings will be trying it out

    • November 9, 2018 / 4:30 pm

      I’m so happy to introduce you to something new 😊

  6. November 9, 2018 / 4:54 pm

    Sold. I’ve tried green tea off and on over the years but have never gotten into the habit. I drink a lot of tea every day though, so I’m going to switch some of those to green tea and see if I notice any difference. Lots of great information here. Thanks!!

    • November 13, 2018 / 8:43 pm

      Thank you Amanda, I hope you become accustomed to the green stuff 🙂

  7. November 14, 2018 / 11:26 pm

    Wow. Those are some great reasons to try green tea, and I had no idea it could be so beneficial to one’s help. Thanks for sharing your insight into it, and how helpful it can be. I may even look into trying the acne solution you mentioned out of curiosity.

    • November 14, 2018 / 11:28 pm

      The benefits of green tea are pretty amazing! I’m drinking a cup right now 🙂

      • November 14, 2018 / 11:37 pm

        Awesome. Also, one added benefit to any tea is that it warms the soul, and is quite comforting in the cooler months.

        • November 15, 2018 / 11:13 pm

          How very true Kylie 🙂

  8. November 25, 2018 / 10:18 pm

    Green tea is my drink of choice any time of the day. Seeing all the health benefits will make me enjoy it even more! I actually started water before writing this comment, so I can have another cup a few minutes from now 😀

    • November 26, 2018 / 9:43 pm

      Woo hoo – another lover of the Green stuff 🙂

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