The benefits of Green Tea

by Annie

                                                                               

Green tea offers a whole host of health benefits while scoring extremely high on the antioxidant charts. Green tea can benefit people in a variety of ways, from fat burning to reducing anxiety, to increasing exercise performance and increasing metabolic rate.The substance contains Polyphenols; Catechins and Falvonoids, and Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) which help to fight free radicals in the body and help protect the cells from damage. Free radicals are unstable molecules in the body that go around and harm your bodies cells, causing a variety of unwanted health issues.

Fat Burning and Increasing performance

On the back of any fat burning or legit weight loss support you will more than likely find the ingredient green tea. That is because studies on green tea have suggested it can have a significant weight loss and fat burning effect due to it's affect on metabolic rate. As a Nutritional Therapist, this is the only weight loss supplement I would suggest for someone wanting to loose a bit of weight but are not exercising (where supplements such as CLA or Carnitine may also be beneficial).

A lot of the other weight loss supplements available are, well, a waste of money and have very little scientific backing. Studies have reported that Green tea can reduce blood sugar imbalances and improve insulin resistance, therefore reducing the risk of type two diabetes. Furthermore, Green tea has also been found to increase exercise performance potentially by making fatty acids in the fat tissue available for energy. This also be due to green teas caffeine content which we will explore below.

Caffeine

Anyone else a coffee addict? Yep, me too. I am not suggesting that you should cut it out, because there are many beneficial effects from a daily cup of coffee., but if you start to become dependent on more than a few cups a day or just want to cut down your intake then green tea might be a suitable replacement. While it does not contain as much caffeine as coffee per cup but their are many further benefits of green tea on the body and mind.

Brain Function

Green tea can enhance brain function, memory even help protect against degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's. That's right green tea is good for your brain health! Although it contains caffeine it doesn't leave you feeling jittery like coffee might in fact It is often used to calm anxiety. Green tea contains a compound called L-theanine which is an amino acid that can cross the Blood Brain Barrier (separates the blood from the brain fluid) which increases the neurotransmitters GABA and Dopamine while also increasing alpha brain wave activity. These all work to calm the system and promote feelings of relaxation. Cleverly caffeine and L-theanine work together in synergy to reduce anxiety without the drowsy effects.

Other health benefits

These Catechins i keep going on about also have been thought to help reduce blood pressure and LDL cholesterol (the bad stuff) in the body from oxidizing, and so reduces the risks of heart disease. If all that wasn't enough, green tea is good for your teeth! The Catechins help kill bacteria such as streptococcus mutans in the mouth which often lead to plaque and cavities. Furthermore it may even reduce bad breath! Many beneficial nutrients such as, B vitamins, folic acid, manganese, potassium and magnesium can also be found in green tea.

So what are you waiting for? Put the kettle on!